Roundup Weed Killer
Monsanto’s Roundup Weed and Grass Killer (or glyphosate) is the most popular herbicide in the world. It’s commonly believed to be one of the safest herbicides on the market; millions of agricultural workers, landscapers, and gardeners around the world use the product, innocent of its health risks.
Scientific studies show an association between the chemical and an increased risk of cancer, especially among those who come in direct contact with the product. Lawsuits have been filed throughout the country on behalf of agricultural laborers and gardeners suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using glyphosate for years.
Despite these cases, Monsanto continues to misinform agency officials and the public about its safety, claiming that glyphosate is harmless to humans. Without warning labels on their products, cancer diagnoses are likely to increase.
The EPA Raises Glyphosate Limits, Helping Roundup Appear Safe
Though glyphosate has been linked to multiple diagnoses of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, governing bodies are hesitant to admit it. Only the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, has come out to say that the chemical is a “probable” carcinogen.
The EPA—which posted a report that said glyphosate does not cause cancer, then quickly took it down—continues to claim that the public’s current exposure to glyphosate doesn’t exceed the healthy limits they have established. It is of note though that they doubled the maximum glyphosate levels for food and oilseed crops (including soybeans) in 2013, making it easier for Monsanto to market the product as “safe.”
Monsanto Lobbyist Gets Tangled in Lies
On Monsanto’s website, they tout glyphosate’s 40-year-history and argue that because the enzyme it attacks isn’t present in humans or animals, that it’s safe. To maintain the appearance of safety, the company influences policy through the use of lobbyists and six-figure donations to science organizations, including the International Life Science Institute Europe.
Despite these efforts, one lobbyist famously got tangled in Monsanto’s lies during an interview with a French journalist. Throughout the interview, he kept maintaining that the chemical was safe—harmless enough to drink a glass of glyphosate-contaminated water. Yet when offered a glass, he said “he wasn’t an idiot” and refused.
Monsanto Faces Protests Worldwide
Because glyphosate is sprayed around the world, the fight against Monsanto is truly a global one. Europe is especially vocal against the company; protests have become only more common since the merger of German-based Bayer and Monsanto in September 2016.
“Citizens cannot stand by and watch their plates be filled with chemicals.”
More than 100 French chefs signed an open letter against the Bayer and Monsanto merger, arguing that “citizens cannot stand by and watch their plates be filled with chemicals.”
France banned sales of Monsanto’s Roundup to the public in 2015. The Netherlands has banned it completely, putting pressure on the E.U. to follow their lead. Though E.U. delegates voted against a 15-year license for glyphosate in June this year, they only gave the chemical an 18-month extension. They will next vote on its recall in October 2017.
The first International Monsanto Citizen Tribunal took place October 15-16 in The Hague. The mock trial, overseen by five judges, was intended to obtain a symbolic international legal ruling against Monsanto for health and environment crimes. Supporters hope that the ruling will lead to future lawsuits and regulations against the company.
Farmers and Gardeners File Lawsuits for Their Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Since the IARC confirmed that glyphosate was a carcinogen, dozens of Roundup users suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have filed lawsuits against the company.
In Nebraska, farmers filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto. The farmers, who used Roundup Weed Killer for years, were all diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Similarly, lawsuits have been filed by a Kona Coffee farm owner in Hawaii, and a widow of a California farmer. All of these lawsuits share one thing in common: Farmers used Monsanto Roundup Weed Killer for years, believing it was safe, and were eventually diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Monsanto continues to fight these lawsuits, claiming that their product is safe. In fact, they went as far as to file a lawsuit of their own against California, claiming that the state wrongly listed glyphosate as a carcinogen under their Prop 65 law.
Quaker Oats Among Companies Under Fire for Glyphosate Residue
Lawsuits aren’t just popping up by and against Monsanto; other companies are now forced to confront glyphosate contamination in their products. Quaker Oats, for example, was hit with a lawsuit for deceptive labeling—using the term “all natural”—when traces of glyphosate was found in their oats.
The FDA began testing for glyphosate residue in food products in February 2016. Along with Quaker Oats, they discovered that baby food, honey, and California wine (even organic varieties) contain traces of the chemical. As the FDA continues their tests, it’s likely that more companies will pay a hefty price for using Monsanto Roundup.
Lawsuits filed against Monsanto allege a combination of the following:
- Exposure to glyphosate can cause cancer.
- Monsanto has known that exposure to glyphosate presents human health risks, including a risk of developing cancer.
- Monsanto Roundup labels fail to warn consumers about its risks.
- Monsanto misrepresented Roundup’s health and environmental risks, informing the public that it was safe.
Anyone who has been exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup Weed Killer and has developed lymphatic cancer, like non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, within the last decade, may be eligible to receive compensation for their suffering. Hold Monsanto responsible by participating in a class action lawsuit.
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