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Georgia farmer blames Monsanto Roundup for cancer

A Georgia farmer who used Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup for years to clear some land for farming is suing the agrochemical giant, claiming years of exposure to the chemical caused his cancer. Ricky McCombs told Jacksonville, Florida’s News4 that he and his wife Lucy bought a nine-acre farm near Nahunta in the southeastern corner of the state in 1993. The land was overgrown with scrub oaks, thorns, and weeds, so they began spraying the brush with Roundup, whose active ingredient glyphosate targets unwanted weeds. After two years of spraying, the McCombs planted their first crops. “We were planting corn and ... Read More

CA pushes for cancer warnings on Roundup

Effective July 7, California regulators are adding glyphosate – the main ingredient in Roundup – to its list of potentially cancerous chemicals, which may lead to a warning on the weed killer’s label sometime next year. Before the warning would be placed on bottles of Roundup, state health regulators would have to decide if there is enough of the chemical in the weed killer to put consumers’ health at risk. Monsanto, maker of Roundup, isn’t happy. The company tried to block the warning in court but lost. It is appealing that decision saying that Roundup doesn’t cause cancer and to ... Read More

Florida Man Alleges Monsanto Roundup Caused His Cancer

A Cape Coral, Florida, man is one of the latest cancer patients to file a lawsuit against Monsanto, alleging the agro-chemical giant’s Roundup weed killer spray caused him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. John Vicory told South Florida’s NBC2 that he is a former employee of an Ohio public works department, a job in which he routinely sprayed Roundup for more than 30 years. Then, like many people who have been exposed to Roundup, Mr. Vicory was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system. He told NBC2 that he was “absolutely shocked” to learn that a product ... Read More

Whistleblower Says Hawaii GMO Farm Used Monsanto Herbicides Unsafely

A former farm worker has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against GMO seed company DuPont Pioneer, claiming she was fired for voicing concerns about the how the company handled toxic herbicides on a Hawaiian farm. Shannell Grilho alleges DuPont Pioneer fired her and her husband last year after she questioned company officials about spraying practices on the company’s Waialua, Oahu, farm, according to a report by Hawaii News Now. Ms. Grilho alleges that Pioneer continued its unsafe spraying practices even after employees raised concerns about them. She says Pioneer instead retaliated against workers who complained, and that its unsafe herbicide sprayings ... Read More

Alleged Monsanto Roundup Cancer Victim Shares Plight With CNN

After years of spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on her coffee farm in Hawaii, Christine Sheppard developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now, as a stage IV cancer patient, she is one of more than 800 other cancer patients who are pursuing legal action against the agrochemical giant, alleging Roundup caused their cancer. Ms. Sheppard, 67, told CNN that she learned of her cancer after her right leg “swelled up enormously.” An ultrasound found that her body was full of late-stage, large-cell cancer. She is undergoing chemotherapy, which has diminished her mobility and quality of life. Beyond her constant pain, she is experiencing “a ... Read More

Monsanto Employs Internet Trolls To Counter Roundup Critics Online, Lawsuit Claims

Monsanto is accused of hiring “third parties” to aggressively refute negative comments about the company, its blockbuster herbicide Roundup, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), plaintiffs suing the company allege. According to court records released April 24, including a plaintiffs’ reply in support of a motion to strike confidentiality of a deposition given by a Monsanto scientist, the agrochemical giant “started the aptly-named ‘Let Nothing Go’ program to leave nothing, not even facebook comments, unanswered.” The agrochemical and biotech manufacturer of Roundup herbicide and Roundup-resistant GMO seeds is facing a mounting number of lawsuits filed by plaintiffs who allege exposure to ... Read More

Lymphoma Victims Blame Roundup Exposure, Monsanto Lawsuits Pile Up

Monsanto is facing mounting personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed by individuals and family members who blame the company’s blockbuster Roundup weed killer for lymphomatic cancers. According to the Daily Hornet, a lawsuit filed in Delaware Superior Court on April 17, 2017, by Jeanne Plagge blames her husband’s cancer death on decades of Roundup exposure. Jerry Plagge, an Iowa farmer, died in April 2015 after battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His wife claims in her lawsuit that Mr. Plagge sprayed Monsanto’s Roundup on his fields from around 1974 up until his death. Another lawsuit, filed March 20 by Illinois resident Misty ... Read More

Unsealed Monsanto Records Point to Public Deception on Roundup Health Risks

A slew of internal emails and other documents unsealed last month in a federal court in San Francisco cast some light on efforts taken by agrochemical giant Monsanto to manipulate scientific research and skew findings about the safety of Roundup weed killer to make the glyphosate-based product appear safer than it actually is. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, overseeing litigation brought by plaintiffs who claim Roundup exposure caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, unsealed the Monsanto documents. Among them are emails Monsanto executives exchanged with each other and with federal regulators. Some of the files reveal that Monsanto officials may ... Read More

Non-Profit Groups Sue Monsanto Over Roundup Label Safety Claims

Agrochemical giant Monsanto is being sued by two nonprofit organizations over the labeling on its widely used herbicide Roundup, which claims that it is formulated to “target an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) assert in their lawsuit that the statement is false, deceptive, and misleading since the enzyme targeted by Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate is also found in people and pets, Beyond Pesticides reports. The nonprofits filed the lawsuit jointly against Monsanto on behalf of the general public in Washington D.C. under the District of Columbia’s Consumer ... Read More

40 Californians Sue Monsanto, Alleging Roundup Cancers and Death

Environmental lawyer and activist Robert Kennedy Jr. has filed a lawsuit against agrochemical giant Monsanto on behalf of 40 plaintiffs who allege the company’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The complaint, filed in Alameda County Superior Court in California, seeks compensatory damages for wrongful death and personal injury allegedly stemming from exposure to the widely used herbicide, which the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared to be a “probable human carcinogen.” The lawsuit also names Wilbur Ellis Company LLC, a California-based vendor and distributer of Roundup, as a defendant and ... Read More