IARC scientists told not to release glyphosate documents

The World Health Organisation agency International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has warned scientists reviewing glyphosate not to release research documents, after stating the weedkiller is "probably carcinogenic", newly discovered emails show.

The World Health Organisation's cancer agency advised the academic experts not to disclose documents they were asked to release under United States freedom of information laws.

IARC wrote to scientists on its review panel: "IARC is the sole owner of such materials. IARC requests you and your institute not to release any (such) documents."

The row follows a long-running argument over reviews into glyphosate.

Monsanto vice president of strategy Scott Partridge said:"This latest disclosure of IARC's internal correspondence with the U.S. government shows the extent they will go in order to hide their process from US officials, regulators, and the public.

"It's ridiculous that IARC would ask US governmental agencies and other public institutions to hide public documents. The public deserves a process that is guided by sound science, not IARC's secret agendas."


Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Wilt

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Wilt

Poor husbandry, physical damage to roots and various diseases can all cause water deficit in leaves and non-woody stems of plants, leading to loss of turgor pressure in cells and flaccid tissues, which can lead to wilting in bedding, pot plants and nursery stock.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Green manure crops

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Green manure crops

Valuable tools to combat pests and diseases, improve soils and boost nutrient levels.

Pest & disease Factsheet - Whiteflies

Pest & disease Factsheet - Whiteflies

Whiteflies are sap-sucking insects that can be found in high numbers on protected crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, chrysanthemum, fuchsia, abutilon and gerbera. They can also attack outdoor crops including brassicas.