Three farmers from Nebraska have sued agrochemical company Monsanto over Roundup cancer link. Apart from these farmers, an agronomist has also filed a lawsuit against the seed and chemical giant citing the same issue. The lawsuit against the company has been filed in US District Court in Lincoln.
The plaintiffs have been diagnosed with cancer. All the four Nebraskans have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In the lawsuit, they have mentioned that Monsanto is misleading farmers and other people about the dangers linked to its herbicide. Missouri based Monsanto is known for marketing glyphosate, which the company used in its Roundup. It claims that the active ingredient can kill every weed out, but it is not harmful for humans. Monsanto sells it alongside Roundup Ready seeds that can be sprayed with the chemical without harm.
A report released in 2010 by the New York Times showed that approximately 90% soybeans and over 60% corn grown in the country are from Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds. Last year, International Agency for Research on Cancer of World Health Organization (WHO) announced that glyphosate could lead to cancer in humans. The agency also linked it to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma some other types of cancers.
Farmers across the country are most at risk of developing these deadly cancers, as per the agency. It also said that farm workers and others with exposure to Roundup could also be at risk.
In the lawsuit, the accusers said, “Monsanto championed falsified data and has attacked legitimate studies that revealed Roundup’s dangers. Monsanto led a campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup is safe. Its continuing denial extends to the date of this Complaint”.
According to a report in Journal Star by NICHOLAS BERGIN, “Monsanto markets glyphosate, the active ingredient in its herbicide-brand Roundup, as being able to kill nearly every weed out there yet being completely safe for people. It’s sold alongside Roundup Ready seeds that can be sprayed with the chemical without harm. The New York Times in 2010 reported that 90 percent of soybeans and 70 percent of corn grown in the United States are from Roundup Ready seeds.”
“Monsanto championed falsified data and has attacked legitimate studies that revealed Roundup’s dangers. Monsanto led a campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup is safe. Its continuing denial extends to the date of this Complaint,” the lawsuit says.”‘Probable’ does not mean that glyphosate causes cancer; even at 100 times the exposure that occurs during normal labeled use glyphosate is not a human health risk.”
A report published in the Cropprotection News said, “An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review panel has concluded that glyphosate, a widely used herbicide manufactured by Monsanto, likely does not cause cancer. The EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee (CARC) came to the conclusion following an in-depth analysis of several dozen published and unpublished scientific studies of the weed killer. The report completed last October was inadvertently released to the public in April.”
“IARC’s conclusion was based on epidemiologic studies available in the open literature and carcinogenicity studies in rats (4 studies) and mice (2 studies) by dietary administration,” the report stated. “Of these six studies reviewed by IARC, two studies in rats and one study in mice were previously not available to OPP (Office of Pesticide Programs). The conclusion by IARC and the additional studies not available to OPP, prompted the agency to re-evaluate the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate.”
Three cancer-stricken Nebraska farmers and an agronomist are suing Monsanto, alleging that the company misled consumers about the safety of Roundup, the most widely used herbicide around the globe. The World Health Organization labeled glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a likely carcinogen last year,” according to a news report published by Newser.
The response from a Monsanto rep: “While we have sympathy for the plaintiffs, the science simply does not support their claims.” Since last year, some countries have restricted or outright barred the sale of Roundup, and California labeled glyphosate a carcinogen-a move being fought by Monsanto. Similar lawsuits to this one have been filed by agricultural workers in California, Delaware, and other states.