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Monsanto may have known Roundup can cause cancer

Previously sealed documents call into question whether Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, colluded with officials of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow the sale of the company’s popular weed killer, though its main ingredient, glyphosate, has been linked to cancer. Roundup has been the recent center of litigation in California over whether state health officials could label the weed killer as a human carcinogen, the basis for which Monsanto’s legal representation heavily disputed. Ultimately, the litigation failed to stop Roundup’s new label in the state, and internal emails unearthed as part of an ongoing suit reportedly show the company ... Read More

California May Soon Put Cancer Warnings On Monsanto’s Roundup

California took a big step toward requiring agribusiness giant Monsanto to label its glyphosate herbicide Roundup as a probable cancer risk when a Fresno County Superior Court judge tentatively ruled Jan. 27 in favor of the warning. A formal decision on the matter, expected to come within days, is now all that separates California regulators from requiring Monsanto to warn the public of Roundup’s potential link to cancer. Once state authorities enforce an order for the warning, Monsanto would have a year to comply. California is one of the biggest markets in the world for Monsanto’s Roundup, which is sold ... Read More

Long Beach, Calif., Sues Monsanto For Environmental Contamination

The city of Long Beach, Calif., filed a lawsuit against Monsanto and subsidiary companies of Pfizer and Eastman Chemical in federal court Thursday in an effort to recoup escalating costs involved in the cleanup of the Port of Long Beach, which is heavily contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that allegedly entered the water from the defendants. The complaint is nearly identical to other public nuisance and equitable indemnity lawsuits filed by the cities of Oakland, San Diego, and San Jose, which claim a previous version of Monsanto (referred to as “Old Monsanto”) that splintered into the other defendants knew about ... Read More

Monsanto Whistleblower Could Receive One of SEC’s Largest Payouts Yet

A whistleblower who tipped off the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to accounting violations and other fraud concerning Monsanto’s blockbuster herbicide Roundup could receive up to $24 million of an $80 million penalty the agribusiness titan agreed to pay. If the unidentified tipster receives a higher percentage of the sanctions imposed by the SEC on Monsanto, it could be one of the largest awards the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower has given since the Dodd-Frank Act instituted the program in 2010. An SEC investigation of the whistleblower’s allegations found that Monsanto had failed to account for millions of dollars in ... Read More

Study suggests inert ingredients in Roundup are extremely hazardous

Recent studies conducted in various laboratories around the world have yielded some disturbing findings that the “inert” ingredients found in common pesticides and herbicides are not as harmless as they were once thought to be. New evidence that emerged recently from studies conducted by the University of Caen in France suggest one ingredient in Roundup, a popular herbicide manufactured by Monsanto of St. Louis, Missouri, can damage and kill human cells. Polyethoxylated tallowamine (POEA), an “inert” ingredient in Roundup, was found to be particularly destructive of human reproductive cells, especially embryonic, placental, and umbilical cord cells. POEA is a substance ... Read More