Monsanto toxic albatross around Bayer’s neck


This September 2019 German TV Video says about itself:

Turning toxic – The Bayer-Monsanto merger | DW Documentary

A year after Germany’s Bayer Group took over Monsanto, and it’s struggling to deal with the US seed giant’s controversial reputation. Now Bayer is also liable for Monsanto’s legal bills – which are starting to mount alarmingly.

Roundup, a herbicide containing glyphosate sold worldwide by Monsanto has long been suspected of causing cancer. A California court has just awarded more than $2 billion in damages to a couple who had claimed that their use of the pesticide caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer’s share price halved last year, and the consequences are already making themselves felt in the company itself: Around 12,000 jobs worldwide are to be cut in the next few years, a considerable proportion of them in Germany. CEO Werner Baumann, who pushed for the merger, is coming under increasing pressure. Voicing criticism, a majority of shareholders voted against absolving Baumann and other managers of their responsibility in the merger. Bayer is in the midst of its greatest crisis.

The film traces the effects of the merger and investigates potential new health hazards emanating from glyphosate. How has Monsanto tried in the past to influence politicians, scientists and public opinion? Did the Americans actually play down or ignore the dangers? And does Bayer really distance itself from these practices?

Bayer/Monsanto spied on journalists, activists, Neil Young


This 9 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Documents Reveal Monsanto [now owned by Bayer] Surveilled Journalists, Activists & Even Musician Neil Young

Explosive new documents reveal the U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto ran a “fusion center” to surveil and discredit journalists and activists who criticized or wrote damning reports about Monsanto, as well as legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young, who released an album in 2015 called “The Monsanto Years”. Monsanto monitored Young’s Twitter activity and even analyzed the lyrics of his album.

The fusion center also surveilled journalist Carey Gillam, who has done extensive research and writing about Monsanto and its popular pesticide Roundup, which has been linked to cancer. The corporation also targeted the nonprofit research group U.S. Right to Know, which submitted Freedom of Information Act requests about the company. From Kansas City, Missouri, we speak to Carey Gillam, a veteran investigative journalist and author of “Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science,” and from Berkeley, California, Gary Ruskin, co-founder of U.S. Right to Know.

The US American lawsuits against Monsanto these days reveal disclosure after disclosure: the corporation behind weed killer Roundup kept a blacklist of journalists, politicians and opinion makers, and even had its own intelligence service that followed, eg, Neil Young and American journalist Carey Gillam. “They do everything to attack critics. Everything.”: here.

Bayer loses Roundup cancer court case again


This 17 May 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Bayer Must Pay $2 Billion To Couple In Roundup Cancer Trial

May 13 (Reuters) – A California jury on Monday awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who claimed Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer caused their cancer, in the largest U.S. jury verdict to date against the company in litigation over the chemical. It was the third consecutive U.S. jury verdict against the company in litigation over the chemical, which Bayer acquired as part of its $63 billion purchase of Monsanto last year. Both other jury verdicts also came in California, one in state court and one in federal court. The jury in San Francisco Superior Court in Oakland on Monday said the company was liable for plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod’s contracting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a spokeswoman for the couple said.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Jury wants billion-dollar compensation for cancer caused by Roundup

The German chemical company Bayer has to pay much compensation for the third time because of the Roundup pesticide. A jury in the United States state of California believes it has been proven that a couple has gotten a rare form of lymph node cancer through the chemical.

If it is up to the jury, then Bayer must pay 2 billion dollars (1.8 billion euros) in damages. Due to federal laws, the final compensation will be much lower. In the two previous cases, the amount was around $ 80 million.

Monsanto

Bayer will appeal the ruling. The corporation maintains that glyphosate is not carcinogenic and says all studies confirm that.

Bayer ‘forgets’ to say: ‘all studies paid by us‘.

The product is sold in more than 160 countries. The three lawsuits that have now been conducted are the first ones of probably thousands that will be conducted about the pesticide.

Roundup was made by the Monsanto corporation. That was purchased by Bayer last year. Since the scandal, Bayer‘s shares have declined steadily. After today’s ruling, the share fell again on the stock exchange. Nevertheless, the chief executive recently said that purchasing Monsanto “was the right decision”.

Bayer sentenced again for cancer causing Roundup


This 1 September 2018 video from the USA is called Monsanto Getting Sued By VIETNAM [for Agent Orange, still killing Vietnamese and United States and other Vietnam war veterans].

Monsanto is Bayer by now.

This 27 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

$80 million awarded to man who jury says got cancer after Roundup exposure

(CNN) A federal jury has awarded $80 million to a California man after determining that Monsanto‘s popular weedkiller, Roundup, was a substantial factor in causing his cancer, and that the corporation is liable.

The jury in San Francisco awarded compensatory damages at $5.27 million and punitive damages of $75 million to the plaintiff, Edwin Hardeman. During the first phase of the trial last week, the jury dealt a blow to Monsanto, saying Roundup was a substantial factor in causing Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Edwin Hardeman claims Roundup caused his cancer. A federal jury in San Francisco sided with him. The second phase focused on the question of Monsanto‘s legal responsibility, and what damages if any should be awarded. Hardeman claimed that Roundup‘s design was defective, that the product lacked sufficient warning of potential risks and that Monsanto had been negligent in not warning about risks. …

“It is clear from Monsanto‘s actions that it does not care whether Roundup causes cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about Roundup“, the statement said.

Glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, [a new] study [by the University of Washington] says.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Again millions damage compensation due to cancer caused by Roundup

A US American jury has awarded over 80 million dollars in damages to a man from California who says he got cancer through the use of weed killer Roundup.

The 70-year-old man used the stuff in his garden for almost thirty years and got a rare form of lymph node cancer. The jury says that chemical company Bayer (formerly Monsanto) that produces Roundup is responsible for that. Last week the jury ruled that Roundup had caused the cancer in the man.

It is expected that the jury’s verdict will guide hundreds of other lawsuits against Bayer. The corporation will appeal.

It is the second time that Bayer has to pay a sum of millions due to Roundup. A former caretaker of a school received $ 78 million in compensation. At first, that amount would be much higher, but that was later reduced.

Public

Bayer maintains that glyphosate is not carcinogenic and says all studies confirm this.

Maybe ‘all studies’ paid by Monsanto/Bayer do so. Definitely untrue for, eg, the aforementioned new study by the University of Washington, and for research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organisation research into this.

European Union judges ruled early this month that studies into the toxicity of the active substance glyphosate should be made public.

Roundup is sold in more than 160 countries.

Publish Monsanto-Bayer Roundup cancer research, court decides


This 18 August 2018 video says about itself:

Monsanto Hit With $289 Million Jury Verdict Roundup Cancer Coverup

Last week a jury in California found that Monsanto had covered up the dangers of Roundup and awarded to plaintiff $289 million in damages after he developed cancer after just a few years of exposure to Roundup as a groundskeeper. Ring of Fire’s Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss this issue.

Monsanto is Bayer now.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Research into effects of weed killer Roundup should be public

The European Agency for Food Safety (EFSA) should therefore publish scientific research into the toxicity of glyphosate and the risk of cancer. That is what judges of the European Union court judged in Luxembourg.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in many pesticides and herbicides and has been authorized in the EU since 2002. The corporation is mainly known from the Roundup brand.

In two previous cases, the agency judged that documents about the dangers of the substances did not have to be published. According to EFSA, disclosure of that information could, eg, seriously damage the commercial and financial interests of the corporations that submitted the studies.

European judges judge that it is in the public interest to have access to information about substances that end up in the environment. People also have the right to know what the consequences are, says the court.

Carcinogenic or not?

In March 2015, the International Cancer Research Center warned that glyphosate may be carcinogenic, but the EFSA later concluded in a review of that study that the substance does not pose any risk of cancer to humans. The studies were based on tests with animals and not on humans.

Glyphosate was developed by the American corporation Monsanto, which marketed it under the name Roundup. France decided in 2017 to ban the product within three years. The European Union decided to extend the permit by five years, but left individual countries the space to ban it.

Last summer, Monsanto was ordered to pay a compensation of tens of millions of dollars to a man who says he got cancer from the herbicide with glyphosate.

Bayer-Monsanto Roundup, always unsafe


This 24 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

“Safe Levels” Of Exposure Don’t Exist When It Comes To [Bayer-]Monsanto’s Glyphosate Poison

Learn more about the dangers of Roundup here.

The main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, glyphosate, is not safe, even at levels that the EPA is telling us is safe. Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss.

Monsanto glyphosate in food


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

Studies Find Monsanto’s Poison In Food Products

Lawsuits are coming together against some of the biggest food makers in the United States after repeated studies have found unsafe levels of Monsanto’s glyphosate in their products. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, and it has been shown to cause cancer in studies. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this with Scott Hardy from Top Class Actions.

Washington State University researchers have found a variety of diseases and other health problems in the second- and third-generation offspring of rats exposed to glyphosate, the world’s most popular weed killer. In the first study of its kind, the researchers saw descendants of exposed rats developing prostate, kidney and ovarian diseases, obesity and birth abnormalities: here.

‘Monsanto knew about Roundup cancer danger, covered up’


Dutch anti-Monsanto demonstrators in 2013. Photo HH/Michiel Wijnbergh

This photo shows Dutch anti-Monsanto demonstrators in 2013. Their banner says, translated ‘Monsanto cancer corporation!’. It mentions toxic Monsanto products, like Agent Orange, used in the Vietnam war, and Roundup weed killer.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Million fine for Monsanto, ‘Company knew for years of possible Roundup hazard’

Chemical company Monsanto already got signals in the 1990s that use of the controversial weed killer Roundup can be carcinogenic, as shown by internal correspondence of the corporation. A judge has now presented the bill.

The documents, which are now known as the ‘Monsanto papers‘, were revealed in claims claim cases such as those of 46-year-old Dewayne Johnson. For many years he was a gardener at a school and frequently came into contact with Roundup unprotectedly.

He started the case because he says he got lymph gland cancer by glyphosate, one of the active ingredients of the pesticide. A jury in the American state of California put him in the right. He has been awarded a compensation of 289 million dollars in total.

The ‘Monsanto papers’ provide a remarkable insight into the chemical industry, [Dutch journalist] Harmsen knows. Thus it appears that Monsanto not only knew about the possible negative effects of the product on humans. The American company tried to hide everything pointing in that direction.

‘Scientific studies’

The internal documents also show that the company wants to ‘fight’ independent studies that point out the risks of Roundup. To undermine these, employees of the company also wrote – in the greatest secret – as ghost writers, ‘scientific’ studies that claimed the opposite.

“The correspondence within the company shows that Monsanto received warnings in the 1990s that Roundup might be carcinogenic”, says Harmsen. “Then a scientist hired by the company said there were indications that the product could cause damage. Monsanto kept that secret, and the cooperation with the scientist was eventually stopped.”

Carcinogenic

For decades, Monsanto has acted to the outside world as if it knew nothing. Also in 2015, when the World Health Organization said after research that glyphosate is ‘probably carcinogenic’, the company continued to deny it in vehemently. In fact, Monsanto put researchers at the institute under pressure. The Monsanto papers show that the company wanted to create ‘indignation’ about the study by the World Health Organization.

Despite the opposing voices, glyphosate was admitted again in the European Union for five years at the end of 2017. …

But according to Harmsen, Monsanto was involved in these studies [that caused the European Union to have that pro-Monsanto decision] in an unethical way. …

Alarm bells

They saw that in the European Parliament as well. After hearing about the Monsanto papers, alarm bells have started ringing, and a committee has been set up. It is now examining how approval of the pesticide has been achieved in Europe. An outcome of that study is expected in December.

Monsanto still denying Roundup weedkiller causes cancer despite massive payout: here.

Honey bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, lose some of the beneficial bacteria in their guts and are more susceptible to infection and death from harmful bacteria. Scientists believe this is evidence that glyphosate might be contributing to the decline of honey bees and native bees around the world: here.

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.

Monsanto becomes Bayer, different name, same problems


This video from the USA says about itself:

Bayer Buys Monsanto: Two Deadly Corporations Now Become One

17 September 2016

The Bayer corporation has successfully bid $66 billion to buy out chemical giant Monsanto, making these two corrupt organizations into one deadly behemoth.

Read more here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Toxic company name disappears: Monsanto becomes Bayer

The name Monsanto disappears. The seed breeder merges with its parent company, the chemical corporation Bayer. The merger will put an end to one of the most controversial company names in the world, although the company remains the same.

The NOS article makes it look as if the Bayer name, contrary to the Monsanto name, is squeaky clean. It is not. Bayer: from killing human beings in Auschwitz to killing bees, killing water animals and killing birds today.

Monsanto produces genetically modified seeds and pesticides for agriculture. The German chemical group Bayer bought the American company in 2016. The US government recently approved the acquisition. The European Commission already agreed in March. …

The merger of Monsanto and Bayer creates the largest seed and chemical company in the world. Bayer wants to be stronger with the acquisition of Monsanto versus Chemchina/Syngenta and DowDupont. These are the only two serious competitors left. …

Unlike the competitors’, the Monsanto name is notorious.

The brand names of these competitors are not squeaky clean either. On Chemchina/Syngenta: here. On Dow Chemical: here. On Dupont: here.

This is mainly due to one of Monsanto‘s most lucrative products, the weed control product Roundup. The company sells both the pesticide and the genetically modified agricultural seeds that are resistant to the poison (‘Roundup Ready’). … many environmental organizations are critical about the effects of Roundup on nature and on our food.

The corporation has also received strong criticism on other issues. For example, the company patented vegetable varieties: if others want to use the seeds of that vegetable variety, it is necessary to pay for it. Monsanto was also the maker of the defoliation agent Agent Orange that was used during the Vietnam War, which led to various forms of cancer.

These companies used to sell heroin and Agent Orange. Now, they want to form the world’s largest supplier of seeds and pesticides. Two giants of the farming and chemical industries agreed to merge Wednesday in a $66 billion deal: the U.S.’s Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer, the original maker of aspirin. It’s the year’s biggest deal and will create the world’s largest supplier of seeds and farm chemicals, with $26 billion in combined annual revenue from agriculture. If the merger goes through, it will combine two companies with a long and storied history that shaped what we eat, the drugs we take and how we grow our food: here.