Chlorpyrifos—described by some as “the most dangerous pesticide you’ve never heard of”—is an insect-killing organophosphate. Organophosphates trace their roots back to Nazi-era IG Farben nerve gases; contemporary scientists still describe the compounds as “junior-strength nerve agents” that have a mechanism of action comparable to sarin. Dow Chemical—the company that helped bring the world mustard gas during World War I and napalm and Agent Orange during the Vietnam war—is the manufacturer of chlorpyrifos-containing insecticides.
(NaturalHealth365) What do you get when you take a 150+-year-old pharmaceutical powerhouse – Bayer – and allow it to take over a 117-year-old agrochemical company, Monsanto? For starters, how about a cool $40 billion in revenue for the unofficial president of the big pharma club?
This is exactly what happened last year when the drug company bought out Monsanto. But even money may not be enough to ease the minds of higher-ups at Bayer, because it turns out that people are pretty upset with Monsanto (and now Bayer) for being behind the cancer-causing weedkiller Roundup. Unfortunately, Bayer’s idea of damage control involves misleading the public.