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Man who won $289 million verdict against Monsanto speaks out

The man who won a $289 million verdict in a landmark case against Monsanto over claims that regular exposure to the company’s Roundup weed killer gave him cancer told CBS This Morning he sued the company because he wanted to warn others about the dangers of Roundup, and “you can’t just die for nothing.” DeWayne “Lee” Johnson worked as a groundskeeper for a Bay-area school district beginning in 2012. Part of his job entailed spraying Roundup and Ranger Pro weed killers 20 to 30 times a year for hours a day. Roundup and Ranger Pro are both made by Monsanto ... Read More

Monsanto Glyphosate Found in Cereals at Toxic Levels, Group Warns

Monsanto’s glyphosate – the active chemical in its weed-killer products – may be deadly with regular external exposure, as a California jury decided earlier this month when it awarded a terminally ill former groundskeeper $289 million. But untold millions of families are being exposed to glyphosate internally through the consumption of breakfast foods containing dangerous levels of the Monsanto chemical, an environmental advocacy group warns. Cereals, granola bars, instant oats, and other breakfast products tested by scientists for the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that dozens of popular food items contain potentially dangerous amounts of glyphosate. Glyphosate is the active ... Read More

Jury in Roundup trial awards cancer victim $289 million

A California jury slapped Monsanto with a combined $289 million in damages after finding that the company’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides contributed to a school groundskeeper’s blood cancer diagnosis. Monsanto had denied the link for years. In this first-of-its-kind trial, plaintiff DeWayne “Lee” Johnson claimed he had used 150 gallons of Ranger Pro each day – 20 to 30 times a year – on five school campuses and sports fields. After becoming drenched in the herbicide in an accident in 2013, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He continued using the products even after he was diagnosed because he ... Read More

Jury Orders Monsanto to Pay Plaintiff $289 Million in Glyphosate Cancer Trial

A terminally ill California man who claims routine exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro weed killers caused his cancer was awarded $289 million Friday, Aug. 10. A jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Mr. Johnson and other consumers that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide products, can cause cancer. Mr. Johnson, a 46-year-old father of two, worked as a school groundskeeper in the San Francisco Bay Area. He says he sprayed the Monsanto chemicals about 30 times per year and went through hundreds of gallons of it during ... Read More

Jurors asked to award $412 million in damages in Roundup trial

Attorneys for a school groundskeeper who sued Monsanto Co. over claims that its herbicides Roundup and Ranger Pro gave him lymphoma, asked a California jury to award him $412 million in damages, a number his attorneys said “makes people change their ways. It’s the kind of number that makes them change the labels.” For years, Monsanto has denied that its herbicides were carcinogenic, and never placed warnings on its products’ label about health risks associated with its products despite studies dating back to the 1990s that linked an ingredient in the herbicide, called glyphosate, to a type of cancer known ... Read More

Monsanto’s Criticism of IARC Cancer Research Is ‘Idiotic,’ Top Oncologist Says

In the first-ever lawsuit to go to trial alleging that Monsanto’s glyphosate products cause cancer, lawyers for the agrichemical giant asserted the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) thinks everything it studies causes cancer – a claim that a renowned medical oncologist and cancer expert called “idiotic.” Monsanto lawyers made the claim during the trial of a lawsuit filed in 2016 by Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a retired groundskeeper who alleges that routine exposure to the glyphosate in Monsanto products caused him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The high-stakes lawsuit is the first of potentially hundreds or even thousands of such ... Read More

Monsanto Loses Bid to Bar California’s Glyphosate Cancer Warning

Monsanto Corp. lost its bid to strike down a California law that will require the agrochemical giant’s glyphosate herbicide to be listed as a probable carcinogen. A California Appellate Court sided with the State of California and the Center for Food Safety (CFS) April 12, preserving the glyphosate cancer warning. It’s a landmark win not just for Californians but potentially all consumers nationwide who have been kept in the dark about the herbicide’s potential health hazards. California is one of the biggest markets in the world for Monsanto’s Roundup, which is sold in more than 160 countries. California farmers use the herbicide, ... Read More

Ohio Sues Monsanto Over PCB Pollution

The State of Ohio filed a lawsuit against Monsanto March 5, alleging the agrochemical giant polluted the state with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and concealed its knowledge of the chemical’s toxic effects for decades. Environmental scientists from coast to coast are finding rivers, lakes, wetlands, shorelines, harbors, and other environmental habitats contaminated with residual PCBs. Monsanto manufactured virtually all the PCBs in the world starting in 1929 until they were banned in 1977. Monsanto sold its PCBs to other companies, which used them in manufacturing a multitude of products, including paint, ink, caulk, sealants, lubricants, electrical equipment, and carbonless copy paper, to name a ... Read More

Monsanto Dicamba Allegedly Causing Crop Damage

Dicamba, an herbicide developed by Monsanto for use on crops genetically engineered to resist it, has become the target of a growing number of complaints from farmers across southern Minnesota. According to Minnesota Public Radio News, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is currently investigating about two dozen complaints from farmers in the state who say that dicamba drifting from neighboring fields is harming their crops. Farmers who don’t use dicamba on their crops say the drifting herbicide is deforming their soybean plants so that the leaves are severely cupped. One farmer told MPR News that the plants will grow out ... Read More

Oklahoma Woman Says Roundup Caused her Cancer

An Oklahoma woman who spent much of her life working with and around the weed killer Roundup has filed a lawsuit against its maker Monsanto, alleging the herbicide’s ingredients caused her to develop chronic lymphoma leukemia. Francene Lisle, a recent transplant to Oklahoma from Kansas City, told Fox 4 Kansas City that she was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2015 after her doctor found her white blood cell count was abnormally high. Ms. Lisle began searching for clues to her illness. She had no family history of chronic lymphoma leukemia, so she probed other possible causes. That’s when she discovered ... Read More