I’ve been following the latest lawsuit against Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG) the way some people follow soap operas, but unlike soap operas that are purely fictional and don’t impact peoples’ lives, the case against Monsanto is real, with genuine people who, sadly, have allegedly been harmed by the corporation’s flagship pesticide product—RoundUp. It’s not the first case asking jury members to decide whether the toxic pesticide that is still sold in countless garden centers, nurseries and other stores around the world, is linked to cancer.
After hours of deliberations and extensions, the jury in the latest lawsuit against Monsanto found that, indeed, there is enough evidence to link Monsanto’s RoundUp, to cancer, contrary to the current statements of alleged safety spewed by the company. This is the second time a jury has found sufficient evidence linking RoundUp to cancer. The first took place less than a year ago when a jury awarded Dewayne Lee Johnson $289 Million, an amount that was later reduced to $78 million. Mr. Johnson selflessly used the final months of his life to sue the corporate giant after his terminal cancer diagnosis.
In the current case, 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman of Santa Rosa, California, sued the company after developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using RoundUp for nearly 30 years. After delays in the case, the jury finally announced its unanimous decision linking glyphosate, the primary ingredient in RoundUp and many other pesticides, to cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen back in 2015—after its expansive review of approximately 1000 studies.
Immediately after the decision by the most recent jury, investors began dumping Bayer AG stocks, which have now plummeted by over 12 percent as of the writing of this blog. Executives at Bayer AG claim that the recent decision will not impact other lawsuits, but many people, myself included, think this will open floodgates to new lawsuits as many people suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and possibly other types of cancer, may sue the company if they believe their cancer resulted from exposure to glyphosate-based products.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is a complex network of glands, nodes and tubes throughout the body that work together to filter waste products from the tissues of the body.
The timing of the decision seems apt as it has been nearly 2 years to the day that an earlier court unsealed documents that suggested Monsanto may have even faked its own safety studies. Ironically, Monsanto, which has also become known by many for targeting and bashing scientists, may have produced its own corrupt science.
It’s time for an independent investigation into Monsanto to determine whether the company fraudulently covered up a link between its products and cancer. If the company’s executives falsified scientific evidence and engaged in a cover-up then criminal charges should be laid against everyone involved. And, while the company keeps declaring that its products are safe (can we really trust the company profiting from making such declarations of safety?), it is time for them to be banned from being sold, distributed and manufactured.
But, is that really a likely scenario considering that the Environmental Protection Agency, who originally banned the chemical over 30 years ago mysteriously reversed its decisionand allowed the chemical to be sold for 3 decades, potentially to the detriment of many people?
It shouldn’t really have come as a surprise to Bayer AG that RoundUp may cause cancer. After all, the independent evidence has been piling up, some of which includes: a study published in the International Journal of Cancer which found a link between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and glyphosate as well as a study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, which also found a link between NHL and pesticide exposures, including glyphosate.
The current lawsuit is now entering its second phase after Judge Vince Chhabria divided it into the 2 parts: 1) to determine whether RoundUp caused the plaintiff’s cancer; and 2) to determine whether Bayer AG is liable for damages, and if so, how much. Like many, I’ll be tuned to the news of the impending courtroom decision as well as those of any future lawsuits that may still come.
Regardless what happens in the courtroom or claims by the manufacturers, I won’t be using glyphosate-based products, favoring instead organic growing techniques, on my acreage. While I continue to feel grateful that I never trusted chemical pesticides or the companies who manufacture them, my heart goes out to all those whose lives may have been damaged by pesticides.
Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM shares her food growing, cooking, preserving, and other food self-sufficiency adventures at FoodHouseProject.com. She is the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life. Follow her work.