"The court documents included Monsanto’s internal emails and email
traffic between the company and federal regulators. The records
suggested that Monsanto had ghostwritten
research that was later attributed to academics and indicated that a
senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency had worked to
quash a review of Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, that was to
have been conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human
The documents also revealed that there was some disagreement within the E.P.A. over its own safety assessment. ...
Court records show that Monsanto was tipped off to the determination by
a deputy division director at the E.P.A., Jess Rowland, months
beforehand. That led the company to prepare a public relations assault
on the finding well in advance of its publication. Monsanto executives,
in their internal email traffic, also said Mr. Rowland had promised to
beat back an effort by the Department of Health and Human Services to
conduct its own review."