Evidence is “overwhelming,” says EPA scientist, that pesticides contribute to cancer risk

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan Huff
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The ugly truth that government-approved chemicals applied daily to American crop fields cause cancer is finally seeing the light of day, thanks in large part to the release of a trove of never-before-seen documents known collectively as the “Poison Papers.”

Released by the Bioscience Resource Project (BRP) in collaboration with the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), the Poison Papers represents a two-and-a-half ton repository of damning evidence against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has been lying to the American people about chemical safety for many decades.

Jonathan Latham, a virologist, founder of BRP, and editor of Independent Science News (ISN), has been researching this subject for many years, uncovering eye-opening truths that indict the EPA for committing what can only be described as egregious and unfathomable crimes against humanity – all to benefit Big Chemical.

He points to permethrin, often marketed as Nix, as one prominent example of the EPA’s longstanding commitment to supporting the interests of the chemical industry over the interests of the people. Though permethrin was approved by the EPA as “safe and effective” back in 1982, it has since been revealed that the agency knew even back then that permethrin would cause cancer in as much as 10 percent of the total human population – and approved it anyway.

An internal memo penned by one of the EPA’s most senior scientists as the time, Adrian Gross, explains that the evidence was “overwhelming” at the time to show that permethrin “has a marked tumor-inducing or carcinogenic activity which is expressed in many different forms.”

This memo, which is now contained within the Poison Papers archive, fell on deaf ears with the EPA’s then-acting director of its Hazards Evaluation Division, John Melone. Other EPA scientists similarly ignored such evidence as they proceeded to green-light permethrin, even going so far as to claim that it does not increase cancer risk.

“Virtually from its inception in 1970, the EPA has proactively overridden scientific evidence and sacrificed public safety for the benefit of the chemical industry,” wrote Latham in a recent feature piece for Salon.

Will all EPA whistleblowers please stand up?

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