Rachel Aviv: The Scientist Who Took on a Leading Herbicide Manufacturer

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Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, has devoted the past fifteen years to studying the herbicide atrazine, which is applied to more than half the corn in the country. During that time scientists around the world have expanded on his findings, suggesting that the herbicide is associated with birth defects in humans as well as in animals. Company documents show that while Hayes was studying atrazine, Syngenta, the agribusiness firm which had originally asked him to conduct experiments on the herbicide, was studying him, as he had suspected for years. Syngenta’s notes reveal that the company’s employees struggled for years to make sense of him.

Samuel Maina‘s insight:

"Syngenta, which is based in Basel, sells more than fourteen billion dollars’ worth of seeds and pesticides a year and funds research at some four hundred academic institutions around the world."
"Glyphosate, which is produced by Monsanto, is the most popular herbicide."
"The E.P.A. approved the continued use of atrazine in October, the same month that the European Commission chose to remove it from the market. The European Union generally takes a precautionary approach to environmental risks, choosing restraint in the face of uncertainty. "
Hayes needs strategy. This egging them is not the solution…..he just needs strategy. He could borrow a leaf from wikileaks. But surely, for how long will Syngeta pay to block the truth? The truth is out there…..

See on www.newyorker.com

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