[thechat] pure evil: Tobacco giant buys rights to lung cancer drugs

Erika Meyer emeyer at lclark.edu
Mon Dec 3 16:29:28 CST 2001

>  Tobacco giant buys rights to lung cancer drugs
>  > http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/2001/11/13/FFX8YC44XTC.html

Many companies make cancer-causing chemicals AND cancer treatment 
drugs.  And have done so for years.

Bayer-Mobay comes to mind.  Monsanto.  Dow Chemical.  etc.  I 
discovered this years ago when I worked for a small-community 
anti-toxics group (Californians for Alternatives to Toxics or CATs). 

I even asked a Bayer rep (who didn't know the org I represented)... 
"So, you guys make pesticides and pharmaceuticals?"  "Yes," he told 
me.  He saw it as a point of pride.  Maybe if I were a stockholder...

I worked for CATs on and off for a period of 5 years.  Eventually the 
reality of how our society has sold our our health, and our 
children's health, for a few corporate bucks was too hard to face on 
a daily basis & I moved on to less disturbing employment.

But now living in a place without a strong anti-toxic presence, where 
pesticide use is accepted and the rivers are full of PCBs and heavy 
metals, I see how much good CATs did, and how much healthier the 
environment was as a result.


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