Viewpoint: Organic industry allies ignore expert witness’s hypocrisy in Roundup weed killer trial

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Chris Portier, Ph.D., an activist statistician who pushed to get the common herbicide ingredient glyphosate listed as a “hazard” for carcinogen labeling purposes while with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, only later revealed he was on the payroll of a … group that was targeting glyphosate at the time – Environmental Defense Fund.

A court deposition and the implicit threat of perjury should he lie forced Portier to disclose he was also being paid by a lawyer who wanted to sue over glyphosate once he helped get it declared a “probable” carcinogen. That left glaring questions: How did the law firm learn of the IARC decision weeks before the paper was released? Was it just coincidence they hired Portier to help them as an expert because he was at IARC when the decision came out?

Related article:  Canadian contractor alleges glyphosate caused his cancer in new suit against Bayer

It certainly looked suspicious. So suspicious that if anyone in the pro-agriculture arena did it, organic industry ally  [reporter] Eric Lipton…would be writing a whole series at the New York Times about how evil scientists and corporations are. But about Portier…nothing.

If “journalists” had been journalists they’d have read his deposition and driven a stake into the evil heart of such hypocrisy.

Read full, original article: IARC: Chris Portier Denies Being Paid By EDF Is A Conflict Of Interest For IARC Members

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