"Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer." Not so fast.

"There are a number of independent, published manuscripts that clearly indicate that glyphosate ... can promote cancer and tumor growth," said Dave Schubert, head of the cellular neurobiology laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. "It should be banned."

Source: Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer | Reuters.

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Tom Usher

We agree with Dave Schubert. We'll go even further. Napoleonic law is bad when applied to humans but essential when applied to chemicals to be introduced into the environment.

The possibility for justice to endorse lengthy remand periods was one reason why the Napoleonic Code was criticized for de facto presumption of guilt, particularly in common law countries. (Wikipedia contributors, "Napoleonic Code," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Napoleonic_Code&oldid=652126950 (accessed March 26, 2015).)

New chemicals need to be withheld from the environment until proven innocent. This should be retroactive to include all artificially created chemicals. Innocence should be easy to prove for chemicals that have been in the environment for a long time and have caused no unreasonable harm. Full disclosure and the ability of scientists and medical researchers to trace chemicals as causes of unreasonable harm must prevail. An example of "reasonable" harm would be were there is an overdose against clear warnings, which should be required and typically are.

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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