Court orders Monsanto to pay $289 million in cancer trial

August 14, 2018 by  
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Agrochemical company Monsanto has been ordered to pay $289 million to school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, who said the Bayer subsidiary’s chemical products gave him cancer. On Friday, a California jury ruled that the company acted with knowledge that risks of cancer were possible when allowing their weedkillers, such as Roundup , to remain on the market with no hazard warnings. The $289 million sum consists of $39 million in compensatory damages with the remaining $250 million accorded for punitive damages. The three-day trial in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco concluded with the determination that Monsanto did not warn consumers like Johnson of the dangers associated to glyphosate exposure. The 46-year-old’s case was filed in 2016, but it was rushed to trial as a result of the acuteness of his cancer. Doctors predicted that Johnson, a pest control manager for a California county school system, would not live past 2020 because of the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he developed while being on the job. Related: California man files lawsuit against Monsanto for allegedly hiding dangers of glyphosate Johnson regularly used popular Monsanto products Roundup and Ranger Pro, both herbicides containing glyphosate , a chemical that poses cancer risks to humans. Monsanto plans to appeal the verdict and cited 800 scientific studies and reviews in its support of the weedkillers. The company said, “Glyphosate does not cause cancer and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer.” Monsanto was recently acquired for $62.5 billion by the German conglomerate Bayer, which is now faced with more than 5,000 lawsuits across the U.S. that resemble Mr. Johnson’s case. Related: Court orders EPA to ban pesticide that causes learning disabilities in children Jurors on the trial were privy to never-before-seen internal company documents “proving that Monsanto has known for decades that glyphosate, and specifically Roundup, could cause cancer,” Brent Wisner, Johnson’s lawyer, revealed in a statement. Wisner’s demand to the company was simple — “Put consumer safety first over profits.” Via The New York Times Image via Global Justice Now

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Glyphosate found in Cheerios, Kashi cookies and other popular food items

November 16, 2016 by  
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Once again, residues of the herbicide glyphosate have been found in commonly consumed foods . A new report produced by Food Democracy Now and the Detox Project found “extremely high levels” of glyphosate residues in popular foods, from Cheerios and Ritz Crackers to Kashi cookies. According to the report, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto ‘s Roundup, “is the most heavily used chemical weedkiller in food and agricultural production in human history.” San Francisco laboratory Anresco tested 29 foods for glyphosate at the request of Food Democracy Now and Detox Project. In the report, the two organizations detail new evidence revealing humans could be harmed with glyphosate levels above 0.1 parts per billion (ppb). Anresco testing meanwhile found foods contained far greater amounts of the herbicide than considered safe. Cheerios contained a whopping 1,125.3 ppb, Ritz Crackers contained 270.24 ppb, and Kashi soft-baked oatmeal dark chocolate cookies contained 275.57 ppb. Other foods tested include Wheaties, Oreo cookies, Goldfish, Lay’s potato chips, Whole Foods 365 crackers, and Annie’s cookies, among several other brands (you can see a full list on pages eight and nine of the report here ). Related: Are you eating Monsanto weed killer for breakfast? According to the report, the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for glyphosate allowed by the United States is much higher than levels set in other countries. For example, the European Union sets ADI at 0.3 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight per day (mg/kg/bw/day). But ADI in the U.S. is 1.75 mg/kg/bw/day. Meanwhile, Monsanto still claims glyphosate residue levels in food are small enough that they won’t harm humans. The company garners $5 billion yearly from selling glyphosate products. The Environmental Protection Agency says glyphosate is used during production of around 70 crops. The report states Food Democracy Now is “calling for a federal investigation into the likely harmful effects of glyphosate on human health and the environment and is also seeking an investigation into the relationships between the regulators and the regulated industries, which has resulted in the public being exposed to levels of glyphosate which scientific studies show can be damaging to human health.” Via The Huffington Post Images via Y’amal on Flickr and Chafer Machinery on Flickr

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WHO cancer arm told experts to withhold glyphosate review documents

October 28, 2016 by  
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New evidence has come to light that illustrates the cancer agency of the World Health Organization advised experts to withhold documents pertaining to the dangerous pesticide glyphosate rather than release them, as they were asked to do under United States freedom of information laws. WHO made a splash last year when it denounced the widely used pesticide glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic,” kicking off a fierce backlash from Monsanto (whose best-selling product, RoundUp, contains glyphosate) and other companies and industry groups aiming to profit from toxic chemicals. Reuters broke the news in an exclusive report, citing a letter and email in which officials from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) urged scientists who worked on 2015 review of glyphosate not to release the documents in question.

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Bayer’s proposed $66B Monsanto takeover renews call for monopoly investigation

September 15, 2016 by  
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With little warning, Germany chemical giant Bayer made a bid to take over U.S.-based Monsanto for $66 billion. Together, the fused companies would create the world’s largest seed and pesticide company, which many argue would equate to a monopoly. The U.S. Department of Justice has already investigated Monsanto’s monopoly over the nationwide market, and the merger will most certainly give the company more influence over agriculture than it has ever had before—a terrifying thought. Monsanto has been the subject of heated debates at all levels, from public meetings in community centers to the federal level. The company’s top-selling product, RoundUp, contains glyphosate as its active ingredient, which has been linked to cancer, respiratory ailments, and autism. Glyphosate is already banned or highly restricted in Europe and other parts of the world, but regulators in the U.S. have failed to act swiftly, in part due to the heavy influence of Monsanto. The pesticide maker has also lobbied widely and even filed lawsuits to block GMO labeling and bury the World Health Organization’s report on glyphosate as a carcinogen . For years, environmentalists and health advocates have been fighting against Monsanto, but the company’s deep pockets have made it an uphill battle. With the Bayer takeover threatening to increase those resources, public concern should be on the rise. Related: Mark Ruffalo confronts Monsanto chief: “You are poisoning people” “The attempted takeover of Monsanto by Bayer is a threat to all Americans,” said Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, decrying the Bayer bid. “These mergers boost the profits of huge corporations and leave Americans paying even higher prices. Not only should this merger be blocked, but the Department of Justice should reopen its investigation of Monsanto’s monopoly over the seed and chemical market.” Bayer’s proposed bid led Friends of the Earth Europe’s senior food and farming campaigner Adrian Bebb to issue sharp criticism . “Bayer’s buyout of Monsanto is a marriage made in hell, which threatens to further lock in industrialized agriculture at the expense of nature, farmers and the wider public,” said Bebb. “While public support for local and greener food continues to boom, this mega corporation will be doing its best to force damaging pesticides and GM seeds into our countryside.” Via The Guardian Images via Mike Mozart , Paul and Cathy/Flickr and Bayer  

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Activists call on the EPA to ban glyphosate

April 12, 2016 by  
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As evidence mounts regarding the environmental and health problems associated with widespread use of the pesticide glyphosate —otherwise known as Monsanto ’s Roundup—consumer advocacy groups are mobilizing to work for government action. While glyphosate has already been banned or widely restricted in other countries, its use has not been dramatically scaled back in the United States. Now, activists are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke the license for glyphosate in an effort to prevent future problems. Read the rest of Activists call on the EPA to ban glyphosate

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Disturbing new map shows 2748 locations where NYC has recently sprayed cancer-causing pesticide

February 23, 2016 by  
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Bad news, New Yorkers — if you like to take long walks or pay visits to your local park, you’ve probably been exposed to glyphosate, the cancer-linked main ingredient of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. In response to concerned citizen groups, the New York City government released a report last year detailing pesticide use by its agencies. And now, if you’d like to see whether you’re at risk, Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Center have created a disturbing new map that charts every park and public area known to be treated with the toxic compound. You can view it here. Read the rest of Disturbing new map shows 2748 locations where NYC has recently sprayed cancer-causing pesticide

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Two new lawsuits claim Monsanto herbicide caused cancer

October 6, 2015 by  
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Monsanto is a bad word around these parts. As much as we’d like to forget the seed-mongering, pesticide-spreading, GMO-pushing company exists at all, we can’t. That’s because Monsanto’s devastating impact on the Earth and its people continues to ripple outward at an alarming rate. Now, two brave individuals are taking the giant company to court. In separate lawsuits, a U.S. farm worker and a horticultural assistant are claiming exposure to Monsanto’s herbicides caused their cancers . What’s worse, the lawsuits allege that Monsanto knowingly misled the public about the dangers of the herbicide, and even influenced regulatory agencies to change official positions based on misinformation. Read the rest of Two new lawsuits claim Monsanto herbicide caused cancer

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France says “no more” to selling Roundup over the counter

June 22, 2015 by  
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Citing a probable link to cancer, France announced that Roundup weedkiller–or glyphosate –will no longer be available for sale over the counter at garden centers throughout the country. France has chosen to go on the offensive, according to the French Ecology Minister, Segolene Royal, in regards to the banning of pesticides. Read the rest of France says “no more” to selling Roundup over the counter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: france bans glyphosate , france bans roundup , france ecology minister , Glyphosate , glyphosate weedkiller , Monsanto , monsanto and cancer , Monsanto and farmers , roundup weedkiller

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8 Ways that you can help save monarch butterflies

April 9, 2015 by  
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Monarch butterflies are easily recognized worldwide for their gorgeous black and orange wings, but these beauties are in danger of disappearing completely . Their numbers have dropped by 90 percent over the last couple of decades, and if we don’t smarten up, they’ll all die off. Greenpeace has shared eight ways that each and every one of us can help save these vital pollinators from extinction at our own hands, so please read on, and spread the word. Read the rest of 8 Ways that you can help save monarch butterflies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ban pesticides , Butterflies , endangered butterflies , fsc certified wood , Glyphosate , GMO foods , Greenpeace , habitat loss , milkweed , milkweed flowers , MONARCH , Monarch Butterflies , monarch butterfly extinction , monarch butterfly larvae , monarch habitat , monarchs , native flowers , pesticide use , pesticides , plant milkweed , pollinators

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The Netherlands Says “No” to Monsanto, Bans RoundUp Herbicide

September 29, 2014 by  
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The Netherlands is the latest country, after Russia, Tasmania and Mexico , to say no to Monsanto. Starting from the end of 2015, the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides to private parties will be prohibited due to a recent decision by the Dutch Parliament. This means that people who spray RoundUp on their gardens and lawns will have to find another form of pest control. The main ingredient in RoundUp, glyphosate, has been linked to cancer, infertility, birth defects, nervous system damage, and kidney disease. Read the rest of The Netherlands Says “No” to Monsanto, Bans RoundUp Herbicide Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $50 , birth defects , bollenboos , cancer , CU , dutch health council , dutch parliament , esther ouwehand , fda , gerard schoue , gifkikker.nl , Glyphosate , Groenlinks , herbicides , infertility , kidney disease , mexico , Monsanto , nervous system damage , party of animals , PvdA , PVV , roundup , russia , SP , tasmania , the netherlands , usda

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