Roundup is Cancerous
Aug 10, 2018 —
On Friday afternoon, jurors found Monsanto liable in a case over whether Roundup weedkiller caused a groundsman's cancer
Dewayne Johnson, 46, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2014
Jurors have awarded Johnson $250 million in punitive damages, plus nearly $40 million in compensatory damages, bringing the total to $289 million
He worked a school groundskeeper in California and claimed he sprayed hundreds of gallons of weed killer Roundup per day.
A chemical called glyphosate is the main ingredient and has been listed by the World Health Organization and California as cancerous
The liable verdict means the case could open the door to hundreds of additional lawsuits against the company
Roundup does cause cancer, a jury has declared in an unprecedented trial into the health dangers of Monsanto's weedkiller.
Beekeepers File Legal Complaint Against Bayer Over Glyphosate in Honey
Bayer, which recently wrapped up its takeover of Monsanto, now owns glyphosate and the liabilities surrounding it.
Last Thursday, the same day the $63 billion acquisition closed, a beekeeping cooperative in northern France filed a legal complaint against the German chemical giant after the controversial weedkiller was detected in honey produced by.
Famille Michaud, one of France's largest honey marketers, found the chemical in three batches supplied by one of its members, according to Jean-Marie Camus, the head of the 200-member beekeeping union, L'Abeille de l'Aisne.
"They systematically analyze the honey shipments they receive, and they found glyphosate,"
He noted that if glyphosate is found, the supplier's entire shipment is rejected.
The supplier of the tainted honey lives near an area of field crops, including rapeseed, beets and sunflowers, Emmanuel Ludot, a lawyer for the cooperative, explained to AFP.
"But you also can't forget the weekend gardeners who often tend to use Roundup," he added, referring to #Bayers widely used glyphosate-based herbicide brand.
The initiators of the legal complaint hope their action will open an investigation that will determine the percentage of glyphosate in honey batches and whether the contamination could lead to any health consequences for consumers.
"It's also a matter of knowing how widespread this might be. Famille Michaud tells me this isn't an isolated case," Ludot said.
In 2015, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the substance as "probably carcinogenic,".
In November, a majority of European Union member states voted to renew the license for the product for five years. French President Emmanuel Macron, however, has vowed to ban glyphosate within three years.
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