Monsanto loses case against man dying from Roundup cancer


From CBS in the USA, 10 August 2018:

Monsanto Ordered To Pay $289M To Dying Groundskeeper Who Blames Weed Killer For Cancer

Dewayne Johnson’s lawsuit was the first of hundreds of cases filed in state and federal courts alleging that Roundup causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

This 10 August 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Terminally Ill Man Awarded $289 Million After Jury Rules Weed Killer Roundup Caused His Cancer

A terminally ill California man won a milestone case against agricultural giant Monsanto after he claimed the company’s weed killer, Roundup, gave him cancer.

Dewayne Johnson, 46, was awarded $289 million in damages on Friday after a jury ruled the company’s product was the reason he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to the Associated Press. Monsanto denies the claims their product causes cancer and told the wire they plan to appeal the verdict.

Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, said he used the weed killer regularly while spraying it on the grounds he worked on in the San Francisco Bay Area school district. In one instance, the product left the father of two soaked after a hose broke in 2012, according to CNN.

He claimed he contacted the company after he developed a rash but was never told it could cause cancer, the AP reported.

Two years later, in 2014 at the age of 42, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — a form of cancer that begins when cells in the body grow out of control. Cells in virtually any part of the body can become cancerous and spread to other areas, according to the American Cancer Society.

About 80 percent of Johnson’s body is now covered in lesions, CNN reported. … “We were finally able to show the jury the secret, internal Monsanto documents proving that Monsanto has known for decades that… Roundup could cause cancer”, Johnson’s lawyer Brent Wisner said in a statement obtained by The Guardian.

The verdict against the corporation gave the “message to Monsanto that its years of deception regarding Roundup are over and that they should put consumer safety first over profits.”

The key ingredient at the center of the lawsuit is glyphosate — found in Roundup — which the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said was “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015. … Monsanto is facing about 2,000 other lawsuits from cancer patients, their families or their estates who claim their products also gave them cancer.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The European Union extended the license for the use of glyphosate by five years last year. French President Macron, who disagreed with it, announced shortly afterwards that he wants to ban the substance in France within three years.

Monsanto, which is also controversial because of the genetically modified seeds of the company, will soon be absorbed by the German chemical giant Bayer. This creates the largest company in the world in the field of seeds, agricultural poison and other chemicals.

Critics fear that the giant will have too much influence on the food supply in the world and point out the damage to the environment. Eg, Bayer produces various types of poison that are associated with massive bee mortality.

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