Monsanto Sold Toxic Chemicals For Years Knowing The Health Risks

Monsanto Sold Toxic Chemicals For Years Knowing The Health Risks

Monsanto knew years before the federal ban that PCBs were harmful to public health and the environment but continued to sell them anyway.

August 10, 2017 Carol Adl Sci/Environment 0

Monsanto exposed after more than 20,000 internal memos, minuted meetings, letters and other documents are published in a new archive aptly named “the poison papers

Monsanto continued to produce and sell toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) used in the production of appliances such as electrical equipment and plastics, for at least eight years after discovering the hazard that they posed to public health and the environment.

Dubbed the most hated company in the world, Monsanto was the main US producer of the chemicals from the 1930s, and until the end of their distribution in 1977.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned PCBs in 1979 due to its link to birth defects and cancer in laboratory animals. PCBs are known to have adverse skin and liver effects in humans and also linger in the environment for many decades.