Pesticide DANGERS: The Poison Papers expose decades of collusion between industry and regulators

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the-poison-papers(NaturalHealth365) A massive cache of documents and correspondence between regulatory agencies and the chemical industry has now seen the light of day – and it exposes a stunning pattern of collusion and deceit. Over 200,000 documents – including study summaries, internal secret memos, meeting minutes and sworn testimonies – attest to the fact that both industry and regulators were aware of the extreme toxicity of many chemical products, and conspired to hide this information from the public.

The explosive papers became news on July 26, when the online publication The Intercept published an interview with author and archivist Carol Van Strum. To learn more about the incredible pattern of corruption and collusion, read on.

Undeniable evidence: Federal agencies and chemical manufacturers were “in bed” together

Naturally, the most obvious question is, ‘who are the major players in the Poison Papers?’ The answer reveals many people at the highest levels of government regulation and corporate industry.

Federal regulatory agency sources implicated in the scandal include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Defense. The chemical manufacturers include Dow, Monsanto, DuPont and Union Carbide.

In addition, the toxic chemicals referenced in the documents include 2,4-D, Dicamba, permethrin, atrazine and Agent Orange – all of which continue to be manufactured and sold. In fact, it’s “business as usual” for 2,4-D, which has just been authorized by the EPA for use on Dow’s new GMO 2,4-D-tolerant soybeans – in spite of the fact that it is contaminated with dioxins.

To be clear, the Poison Papers are not just testament to deception and collusion that occurred in the past – they also reflect betrayals of the public that are ongoing to this day.

Horrifying acts revealed: Experiments on prisoners, tainted household products, hazardous waste in bug spray

The full impact of the papers probably has yet to be realized – as they are still being absorbed and analyzed by environmental activists. But, several incidents already stand out as particularly stomach-turning.

Two documents show that Dow contracted a University of Pennsylvania dermatologist to conduct experiments on prisoners in the 1960’s in order to study the effects of TCDD, a toxic contaminant found in 2,4,5-T. (FYI: 2,4,5-T was one of two active ingredients in Agent Orange, and has been shown to cause cancer and birth defects, along with harming wildlife and the environment)!

A 1985 document reveals that Monsanto sold a TCDD-tainted chemical to the manufacturers of Lysol, who – unaware of the extreme toxicity – employed it for 23 years as an ingredient in their popular household disinfectant spray.

To make matter worse, a 1990 document reveals the EPA’s policy of allowing the use of hazardous waste in pesticides. So much for the notion that the EPA is designed to ‘protect’ public health.

You can access the Poison Paper PDF files by clicking this link.  Once you get to the web site, click “view the papers on DocumentCloud” and search by key words such as the name of a company or chemical. (You won’t believe what you’ll find)

The scope of the deception is truly breathtaking

Among other outrages, the agencies failed to inform the public of the dangers of dioxins, and failed to reveal evidence of fraudulent testing involving the toxin – as well as many other pesticides and synthetic chemicals.

For example, a secret high-level dioxins working group at the EPA acknowledged that dioxins are extraordinarily poisonous chemicals – yet the agency suppressed the fact that dioxins were found in everyday products such as diapers and coffee filters. And, the EPA suppressed its own research that found high levels of dioxin in environmental samples and human breast milk following routine use of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T (Agent Orange) by the federal Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management.

In addition, more than 800 safety studies were non-existent, fraudulent or invalid. Yet the EPA colluded with pesticide manufacturers to keep invalidly registered products on the market.

In yet another sickening fact: a Monsanto chief medical officer admitted knowing that Monsanto’s dioxin studies were fraudulent – although they were used to defend chemical companies in lawsuits brought by veterans claiming damage from Agent Orange.

Poison alert: A personal crusade leads to shocking revelations

The Poison Papers are a project of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy, with author and activist Carol Van Strum responsible for the collecting and archiving.

Carol Van Strum began collecting documents in her 1974 attempt to stop the Forest Service from spraying 2,4,5-T – which it continued to do until 1983, despite the fact that wildlife in the area began showing grotesque defects such as backwards feet and misshapen beaks.

The documents were obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, as well as through legal discovery in lawsuits against chemical companies and regulatory agencies.

You can read Sharon Lerner’s entire article on Carol Van Strum: “100,000 pages of Chemical Industry Secrets Gathered Dust in an Oregon Barn for Decades – Until Now” by clicking this link.

Note: a WNYC radio interview of Dr. Jonathan Latham, executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project, has just been released. The interview, “Newly Released Documents Shed Light on Years of Environmental Lies,” is available here.

With the publication of the Poison Papers, the truth is evident for all to see. The very agencies that were entrusted with protecting human health and the environment chose to knowingly mislead and deceive the public – while continuing to allow the chemical industry to perpetrate environmental outrages.

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jonathan landsmanAbout the author: Jonathan Landsman is the host of, the NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show – and the NaturalHealth365 INNER CIRCLE, a monthly subscription to the brightest minds in natural health and healing.

Reaching hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide, as a personal health consultant, writer and radio talk show host, Jonathan has been educating the public on the health benefits of an organic, non-GMO diet along with high-quality supplementation and healthy lifestyle habits, including exercise and meditation.

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  • Dave Russell

    Now that Trump is president it seems that many people are coming forward with this kind of information that wouldn’t come forward before. I think they’re starting to believe that something is finally going to be done about it.
    These criminals are so deeply entrenched I doubt anything can be done other than firing the whole lot of them. But…the unions will naturally defend them.

    • Truth4All

      Dave, from your keyboard to Trumps ears.
      As far as I have seen, he is all in Industrial Ag, Monsanto, Big Chem. Big Pharma, Big Fossil Fuel Industry Big Nuclear Energy.

  • Dave Russell

    Stop being so US-centric. It’s not just hazardous to live in the US. These lies affect the whole world.

  • HisPurpose

    TRUST IN THE LORD, there is only one way out…It is Jesus, and He is coming quickly. Revelation 22
    Psalm 91 New King James Version (NKJV)
    Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
    He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
    Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
    My God, in Him I will trust.”
    Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    And from the perilous pestilence.
    He shall cover you with His feathers,
    And under His wings you shall take refuge;
    His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
    You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
    Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
    Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
    Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
    A thousand may fall at your side,
    And ten thousand at your right hand;
    But it shall not come near you.
    Only with your eyes shall you look,
    And see the reward of the wicked.
    Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
    Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
    No evil shall befall you,
    Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
    For He shall give His angels charge over you,
    To keep you in all your ways.
    In their hands they shall bear you up,
    Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
    You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
    The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
    “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
    I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
    He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will deliver him and honor him.
    With long life I will satisfy him,
    And show him My salvation.”

  • eyesandears

    In a country obsessed with creating war to enrich its Fed Reserve bankers (masters), the primary output of corporations is weapons of war, chemicals being but one. What to do with those weapons during peace time; after all, a product with limited marketability creates a huge corporate loss. Chemical weapons, actually all weapons and the byproduct waste of war, have always been funneled into utilitarian use – pesticides, herbicides, medical treatments, medications, food additives, the list goes on.

    Fluoride toxic waste prevents cavities; chemotherapy cures cancer; toxic defoliants kill weeds; depleted uranium is recycled into manufactured products; petroleum waste products go into food, medications, and plastics — all with the blessings of government because government itself is at once the single greatest corporate customer AND polluter.

    Our greatest single task has been, and shall always be, to protect ourselves from government. Anyone believing government exists to protect us has never read a single word written by Thomas Jefferson. Most simply lack a desire to see a reality that will utterly shatter their personal realities.

  • Truth4All

    I know! We ALL ask this. It is their Air, Water, Food, etc. TOO! They are truly Satan who walks about like a roaring lion, seeking who he may steal kill and destroy. It is straight up biblical endtimes. This has been going on for decades throughout every single administration to know end.

  • Truth4All

    It is going to take quite some time to pour through all the legalese.

  • Truth4All

    God Bless Carol Van Strum. Thank you Jonathan for getting this dire information out there. I really cannot believe where they found these papers. The lengths they will go to. The CDC just has SHREDDING PARTIES when they want to hide defamatory studies. The fight continues.

  • Truth4All

    God Bless Carol Van Strum. People like Rachael Carson who have walked before us, and the triumph turned from tragedy by the determined Carol Van Strum, are the heroins of our time. We love you Carol.

  • OrganicGirl

    The translation was done by 47 scholars, all of whom were members of the Church of England. Not the King!