Heather Murphy published an article on Friday, May 9, 2014 in the New York Times with the title, “Nicaragua Sugar Workers Fall To Illness That Baffles Experts.”
Heather Murphy cites the devastation of male Nicaraguan sugar cane workers by CKD but does little more than several articles on this (occupational) disease from the past two years. In her article, these mass deaths of agricultural workers remain an unsolved “mystery.”
Monsanto has operated herbicide plants in Nicaragua since 1967, it has invested heavily in Central American sugar cane production (modified for glyphosate) since 2007, and–on its own site (11/03/08)–brags about sugarcane “innovations…through breeding and biotechnology.”
The closest Murphy comes to the likely culprit is in the third of her list of (unequal) causations: “heat stress, chronic dehydration, toxic chemicals, painkillers, sugar consumption and even volcanic ash.”
Was reference to Monsanto and glyphosate edited out of this article?