Ban RoundUp? We May Not Have To

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$2 billion cancer verdict; will Monsanto just eventually go bankrupt?

By Michael Nedelman, May 13, 2019

CNN – A jury handed a $2.055 billion verdict in favor of a couple in California who say their cancer was caused by long-term exposure to Monsanto’s popular weed killer Roundup, according to the plaintiffs’ attorneys.

The verdict in Oakland includes more than $55 million in compensatory damages to the couple and $2 billion in punitive damages, a statement said.

The verdict “is as clear of a statement as you can get that they need to change what they’re doing,” one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, Brent Wisner, told reporters Monday.

It follows several recent losses the company has faced in court concerning Roundup. Thousands of similar cases are pending at the federal or state level. 9 In 10 Americans Have Pesticides In Their Bodies

Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto, insists that glyphosate — the key ingredient in Roundup — is safe.

“Bayer is disappointed with the jury’s decision and will appeal the verdict in this case,” it said in a statement after Monday’s verdict.

The plaintiffs, Alva Pilliod, 76, and Alberta Pilliod, 74, of Livermore, used the weed killer on their property for more than three decades and were diagnosed with the same type of cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, four years apart, according to their attorneys.

Bayer said the jury was presented with “cherry-picked findings” inconsistent with a statement last month by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which announced that glyphosate was not a carcinogen and posed no public health risk when used as directed.

“The contrast between today’s verdict and EPA’s conclusion that there are ‘no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate’ could not be more stark,” Bayer said. Science, Public Opinion Have Turned Against Monsanto

However, not all groups have mirrored the EPA’s announcement. Cases like the Pilliods’ surged after a World Health Organization report in 2015 suggested that glyphosate might cause cancer.

The report, by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, said glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans … ” Read more. 

What’s your view? 

  • Farmers need RoundUp to increase yields.
  • Herbicides ENdanger to the environment and human health and should be banned. 

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