Monsanto Defeated in Second Lawsuit Linking Pesticide to Cancer

A jury awarded a cancer victim, 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman of Santa Rosa, California, 80 million dollars in his lawsuit against Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG), deciding that, indeed, RoundUp caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. Mr. Hardeman had used RoundUp for nearly 30 years before developing the frequently deadly disease. The case of Hardeman v. Monsanto was divided into two phases by Judge Vince Chhabria: phase 1) to determine whether RoundUp caused Hardeman’s cancer and phase 2) if so, to assess the damages owed by Monsanto to Hardeman.

The jury unanimously decided that, indeed, there is enough evidence linking RoundUp to cancer, and to Hardeman’s cancer in particular, and on Wednesday finally awarded him the damages. This is the second legal loss Bayer AG has faced in cancer trials against the company it purchased last year for $63 billion. The company’s shares continued to drop after the verdict was announced, leaving Bayer AG’s current value of $58 billion significantly less than the price it paid for Monsanto. Bayer has already announced that it will appeal the decision.

In recent months, Bayer AG also lost a lawsuit in which terminal cancer victim, Dewayne Lee Johnson sued and won $289 million, which was later reduced to $78 million.

Now, on the heels of the latest loss, another lawsuit began yesterday, in which a California-based couple: Alva and Alberta Pilliod are suing Monsanto for their cancers, which were diagnosed in 2011 and 2015, respectively. It is anticipated that many additional lawsuits will be launched in coming months against Monsanto, leaving many people wondering why Bayer AG would have acquired the company last year. Clearly, Bayer’s current stock value seems to beg the question as well.

This second defeat for Monsanto, linking its flagship glyphosate-based pesticide RoundUp to cancer seems to give greater credence to the cancer-glyphosate link, contrary to what Bayer AG claims in its public statement:

“We are disappointed with the jury’s decision, but this verdict does not change the weight of over four decades of extensive science and the conclusions of regulators worldwide that support the safety of our glyphosate-based herbicides and that they are not carcinogenic.”

It’s not clear which extensive science Bayer AG is referring to as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen back in 2015 after its exhaustive review of approximately 1000 studies.

American regulators like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the chemical over 30 years ago but mysteriously reversed its decision and, despite the increasing scientific evidence and legal losses continues to allow RoundUp and other glyphosate products to be sold to consumers. At the same time, international regulatory decisions seem to contradict Bayer’s assessment of the worldwide regulatory support for glyphosate-based herbicides: France recently banned the sale of the chemicals from the country.

Many other countries have either issued bans, imposed restrictions of use, or declared their intentions to restrict the sale or use of glyphosate-based pesticides, including: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, India, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. It seems that Bayer AG may need to redefine what it considers “regulatory support” because nearly 30 countries in various stages of bans or restrictions certainly doesn’t sound like regulatory support to me.

Bayer AG’s claims of “four decades of extensive science” may also be in question as there is evidence that, at least some of the science may have been forged. Unsealed documents released as part of another court case suggested that Monsanto may have faked its own safety studies, producing its own corrupt science.

Now there is another scandal implicating Monsanto’s potentially questionable ethics: a ghostwriting scandal in which Henry I. Miller, MD, may have put his name to a Monsanto-written article which he published in Forbes. He has since been dropped by Forbes magazine, although Newsweek seems to be promoting his work. Forbes also removed other authors—Julie Kelly, Kavin Senapathy and Bruce Chassy—from its publication. All of these authors claimed independence while writing in defense of pesticides and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), as Forbes required them to sign contracts citing any potential conflicts of interest, and indicating that the articles are solely their own.

In addition to the studies linking glyphosate-based products to cancer, other studies link them to a wide range of health issues, including: ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease, autism, birth defects, celiac disease, colitis, heart disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, kidney disease, liver disease and Parkinson’s Disease.

Time will tell what will happen to Bayer AG for its seemingly poor decision to purchase the ethically-questionable Monsanto and what will likely be in a long line of lawsuits.

 

Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM shares her food growing, cooking, preserving, and other food self-sufficiency adventures at FoodHouseProject.com. She is the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News, founder of Scent-sational Wellness, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life. Follow her work.

 

65 comments

David C
David C16 days ago

thanks

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David C
David C16 days ago

never used, thanks

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Edith B
Edith B16 days ago

I have not used Round Up since the first article I read about its carcinogenic properties, and now only use vinegar and baking soda on weeds.

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Hannah A
Hannah A18 days ago

Thanks

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Janis K
Janis Kabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Thomas M
Thomas Mabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing

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Louise A
Lara Aabout a month ago

Thanks

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Lindi Smith
Lindi Smithabout a month ago

monsanto needs to be launched off this planet.

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Leo C
Leo Custerabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. Dabout a month ago

Happy days are here again... !!!!

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