A scientist with the National Cancer Institute withheld evidence from a government agency showing that a widely used herbicide does not cause cancer.
Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina chairs the House Oversight Committee and in a letter to the National Institute of Health, he notes that NCI scientist Aaron Blair reviewed a study showing there is no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer. Glyphosate is used in the herbicide Roundup. Blair omitted the research although he admitted it was ‘powerful’ and “would alter IARC’s analysis of glyphosate,” Gowdy wrote.
Without this research being considered, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded in 2015 that the herbicide probably was a carcinogen.
The study is still being kept from the public.Last week, Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking that the AHS study which shows glyphosate to be non-carcinogenic be made public.
The conclusion had an impact on Monsanto, a large agribusiness that produces Roundup.
Monsanto is dealing with endless lawsuits from people who claim they’re suffering from cancer because of their contact with the herbicide. Many used the 2015 conclusion as proof.
The European Chemical Agency (ECHA), which regulates chemicals on the market in Europe, ruled in March that “the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen.”
Reuters reported in June that Blair made the decision to hide the study because he believed the study would probably have reversed the IARC’s conclusion.
It’s not the first time, researchers and other scientists have hid and even manipulated data and it won’t be the last.