Challenging Danny Hakim’s New York Times claim that Monsanto conspired to cover up glyphosate dangers

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[Editor’s note: Alex Berezow is a microbiologist and a senior fellow of biomedical science at the American Council on Science and Health. He is a science writer whose work has appeared in BBC News, the Economist, and USA Today, and was the founding editor of RealClearScience. He holds a Ph.D. in microbiology.]

Journalist — if we can actually call him that — Danny Hakim is lying to you. And it’s not his first rodeo, either. He’s built quite a track record for himself at the New York Times, publishing distorted information about GMOs and comparing agricultural pesticides to “Nazi-made sarin gas.”

Now, Mr. Hakim has written an article about how “unsealed documents” from Monsanto supposedly reveal all sorts of clandestine, evil behavior. The punchline, as usual, is that glyphosate is killing everybody, and not only did Monsanto cover it up, so did the U.S. government. It would be a plot befitting a whole season of the X-Files, but here it is in “America’s newspaper of record.”

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Even if it is true that Monsanto is an evil company that is trying to murder your grandmother and destroy Earth, a fundamental scientific question remains: Does glyphosate actually cause cancer? That’s a question that has been thoroughly researched, but Mr. Hakim didn’t bother to look up any of it.

[A]s luck would have it, a European Union agency today announced that glyphosate does not cause cancer.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Glyphosate: NYT’s Danny Hakim Is Lying To You

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