Mr. Baum showed a PowerPoint presentation that included some of the declassified internal Monsanto documents presented during the Johnson trial. The documents, which include internal Monsanto emails, communications, studies and other memoranda, detail Monsanto’s ghostwriting, scientific manipulation, collusion with regulatory agencies and previously undisclosed information about how the human body absorbs glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and Ranger Pro.
Those in attendance were alarmed to see that regulatory agencies in the United States, Europe and elsewhere only require analysis of Roundup’s components in isolation—not the formulated product as it is used by consumers. Unfortunately, this does not consider the synergistic effect of glyphosate with Roundup’s other ingredients, like tallowamines or POEAs. According to the U.S. National Toxicology Program, Roundup is more toxic to human cells than glyphosate in isolation.
Mr. Baum told attendees that Monsanto has long known about the toxicity of the Roundup formulation.
“…if someone came to me and said they wanted to test Roundup I know how I would react – with serious concern,” said Monsanto EU executive, Mark Martens, in a 2001 email.
After the hearing, Greens/EFA in the EU Parliament interviewed Michael Baum about the $289M verdict his law firm helped obtain against Monsanto. Mr. Baum explained the four pillars of evidence that convinced the jury to decide this massive and historic verdict in Dewayne Lee Johnson’s favor.
Other Speakers at the Greens Complementary Hearing on Pesticides
Dr Martin Dermine – Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe
Status of the impact assessment of the pesticide regulatory process.
Dr. Noa Simon Delso
Co–author of ‘the Worldwide Integrated Assessment on the risks of neonicotinoids and fipronil to biodiversity and ecosystem functioning’.
Prof. Matthias Liess – Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ), Leipzig
An expert on the impact of insecticides on aquatic ecosystems. He is also an expert on the national action plan for the sustainable use of pesticides.
Prof. Johann Zaller – BOKU Vienna. A biologist who works on the effects of pesticides—especially glyphosate—on earthworms, amphibians and mycorrhizial symbiosis. He recently published a book explaining the risks of pesticides.
Prof. A Kortenkamp
Endocrine disrupters (EDCs), cocktail effects and chemicals risk assessment – State of scientific research on EDCs.
Dr. Angeliki Lyssimachou (PAN)
Human health consequences of pesticides and the EU risk assessment.
Siegfried Knasmueller (TBC)
Austrian expert on genotoxicity presenting new research on genotoxic effects of glyphosate.
Michael Baum’s Delivers Speech at EU Parliament PEST Committee Hearing on Glyphosate-Roundup
The following day, on September 6, 2018, the Chair of European Parliament’s Special Committee on the EU’s authorization procedure for pesticides (PEST) invited Mr. Baum to speak at a public PEST Committee hearing.
Watch Michael Baum’s speech before the EU Parliament PEST Committee
The PEST Committee must present its report and recommendations by December 2018 on what should be done regarding the EU’s authorization procedure for pesticides in order to achieve a high level of protection for humans, animals and the environment.