Monsanto receives allegations of public misleading in new Monsanto cancer cases lawsuit.
An agronomist named Frank Pollard, and three Nebraska farmers, Larry Domina, Robert Dickey and Royce Janzen, are suing Monsanto for offering misleading information about the safety of the probably most used herbicide in the world – Monsanto’s Roundup.
All of the four accusers are suffering from cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The new Monsanto Cancer Cases lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the Lincoln U.S. District Court and asks for unspecified damages.
Herbicide Roundup’s main ingredient is glyphosate, an ingredient Monsanto markets as being safe to humans and able to kill all weeds. Roundup Ready, another Monsanto brand, is a pack of seeds that according to the agrochemical company can be securely sprayed with Roundup.
A 2010 New York Times report says 90% of all United States grown soybeans and 70% of corn come from Roundup Ready seeds.
Glyphosate was labeled in March 2015 by the World Health Organization as a likely cause of cancer and other malign cell growth diseases like leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or multiple myelomas.
The most vulnerable and at risk for the cancerous diseases are farmers and other workers exposed to Roundup.
The Monsanto Cancer Cases lawsuit alleges Monsanto has campaigned “to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup is safe” and it is doing so to the date of the complaint.
On its website, Monsanto shifts the blame on the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory organizations stating that labeling Monsanto products as possible carcinogens is in conflict with the rules imposed by these agencies.
Probable, goes on Monsanto on the website, doesn’t imply causality. They say even 100 more times the regular exposure to glyphosate is not harmful to humans. The product inhibits an enzyme plants have and use it to grow, but such enzyme doesn’t exist in humans, nor animals.
Several countries like France, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Bermuda have banned the product since the International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared glyphosate as a possible carcinogen.
California has been sued by Monsanto in an attempt to keep the product off the black list of carcinogens.
Agricultural workers in California and Delaware have brought similar allegations in other lawsuits against Monsanto. Hopefully, there will be no more Monsanto Cancer Cases lawsuits or other health related problems tied to Monsanto as the harmful chemicals will be soon eliminated from the public.
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