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    Monsanto's Glyphosate / Roundup

    A groundskeeper who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Monsanto’s weed-killers for years is entitled to $39 million in compensation and $250 million in punitive damages, a California jury has decided.

    The jury at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco deliberated for three days before agreeing that Monsanto had failed to warn DeWayne Johnson, 46, and other consumers of the herbicide’s cancer risks.

    Johnson filed the lawsuit in 2016, alleging that Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides are responsible for his cancer. The trial was expedited because his doctors said he was unlikely to survive past 2020.

    As part of his duties as groundskeeper at a California school, Johnson used Roundup between 20 and 40 times a year, sometimes “hundreds of gallons” at a time, according to his lawyer. Two years after starting his job, he was diagnosed with the aggressive cancer.


    Monsanto has denied that glyphosate, the key ingredient in both Roundup and Ranger Pro, causes cancer. The company has cited scientific studies going back decades that showed the chemical safe for use by humans.

    After labeling glyphosate a “possible human carcinogen” in 1985, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed its position on the chemical in 1991. The EU Food Safety Authority said in 2015 that peer review experts, with only one exception, consider glyphosate “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard.”


    The World Health Organization’s cancer research agency classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015, but said there was “limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma” based on studies from US, Canada and Sweden published since 2001.


    Monsanto was acquired by the German agrochemical giant Bayer AG in June, in a merger deal valued at $66 billion.

    Speaking to reporters after the verdict, Monsanto VP Scott Partridge said that the company will appeal and continue to “vigorously defend” the herbicide. “The verdict today does not change the science,” Partridge said.


    Obama signed a law protecting Monsanto from lawsuits.

    They will keep it tied up in appeals for the next ten years. That man nor his family will ever see a dime of that money.


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    He'll be dead by the time his family sees a nickel of that.
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    Glyphosate weedkiller, previously linked to cancer, judged safe by EU watchdog

    Chemical used in the best-selling Roundup herbicide is cleared for public use following an EU licensing battle due to potential health risks

    A controversial chemical used in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller has been judged safe for public use by the European Chemical Agency (Echa). Glyphosate has been the subject of a relicensing battle which split governments, regulators and scientists, with one arm of the World Health Organisation linking the substance to cancer, while another denied any risk.

    Echa was asked to assess its toxicity after EU countries failed to agree on a reauthorisation for the best-selling herbicide last summer, despite a positive recommendation from the European Food Safety Authority.

    Today, the agency decided that “the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction”. “This conclusion was based both on the human evidence and the weight of the evidence of all the animal studies reviewed,” Tim Bowmer, the chairman of Echa’s Committee for Risk Assessment, said in an online briefing.

    A classification that glyphosate causes serious eye damage and is toxic to aquatic life will remain in place. The controversy over its health and environmental effects though, looks set to rumble on.

    The new Echa opinion now faces an internal check before it is submitted to the European commission which will restart EU discussions so that a final decision can be reached by the end of the year.

    “This is not the end of the process,” a commission spokesperson said.

    The Echa team responsible for the study was itself accused of conflicts of interests by Greenpeace, as several of its members had either undertaken consultancy work for chemical firms, or worked for institutes that had.

    Greenpeace EU’s food policy director, Franziska Achterberg, said: “Echa has gone to great lengths to sweep all evidence that glyphosate can cause cancer under the carpet. The data vastly exceeds what’s legally necessary for the EU to ban glyphosate, but Echa has looked the other way.”

    Industry groups heartily welcomed the assessment. “Science prevailed,” said Graeme Taylor, of the European Crop Protection Agency. “Glyphosate is not carcinogenic. We expect the European commission to move swiftly with the registration process for the substance in the EU and grant a 15-year approval.”

    Just hours before today’s ruling was announced, unsealed documents in a long-running US federal suit by non-Hodgkins lymphoma sufferers raised new questions about Monsanto’s relations with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulators.

    These suggested that the US agriculture giant was given a heads up by Jess Rowland, an EPA deputy division director, about an International Agency for Research on Cancer report linking glyphosate to cancer, allowing it to mount a pre-publication PR offensive. Rowland also allegedly told a Monsanto executive that he would try to prevent a separate government probe of glyphosate, saying: “If I can kill this, I should get a medal.”

    In a statement in the New York Times, Monsanto said: “Glyphosate is not a carcinogen.” Monsanto also rebutted criticisms concerning the academic research it underwrites.

    Other documents revealed in the US suit include an extraordinary letter from Marion Copley, an award-winning EPA scientist, who said it was “essentially certain” that glyphosate caused cancer.

    Copley, who was herself dying of cancer, made several conflicts of interests allegations.

    “I have cancer and I don’t want these serious issues in HED [health effects division] to go unaddressed before I go to my grave,” she wrote in her valedictory letter. “I have done my duty.”

    Almost half a million people have signed a petition, started in February, calling for a European ban on glyphosate, regulatory reform and mandatory targets for reducing pesticides use.

    If the number of signatories reaches a million, the European commission will have to consider a legislative proposal under its citizen initiative rules.
    THE GUARDIAN, 15 Mar 2017.


    Corporations like Monsanto use bribery and payoffs to politicians to get away with widespread murder.

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    RoundUp is Agent Orange in a slightly altered recipe, and they discuss whether it's a carcinogene or not. 50 years later, Vietnam still has new born children with heavy genetic defects caused by the use of Agent Orange.

    South America, were overuse of roundup is common, people, cattle and wildlife dies in rows on the fields, people who live near big farms are sick, and not with cancer, but with all sorts of deseases.

    Corporations like Monsanto use bribery and payoffs to politicians to get away with widespread murder
    Indeed. And while Bayer never was an overly responsible-acting company either, buying up Monsanto makes them mass murderers, too.

    Didnt we have that party that claims to be for environment protection 'n stuff? They never protested the Monsanto base in Düsseldorf, they didnt protest the fusion with Bayer either, no one files a law suit against that CDU EU-politican who rubber stamped the relicencing of roundup for the next five years without consulting parliament before.
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    Cereal killers: Monsanto weedkiller that can ‘probably’ cause cancer found in children’s breakfasts

    A hearty bowl of oatmeal is a healthy way to start your day, but according to a new study, that bowl of oatmeal can contain dangerous levels of glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical linked to cancer.

    The study, carried out by the non-profit Environmental Working Group, found that 43 out of 45 popular breakfast cereals tested in three locations in the US contained traces of glyphosate. 31 of these contained dangerously high levels of the chemical.

    Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a weedkiller manufactured by Monsanto. Roundup is the most popular weedkiller in the US, and last week a court in California ordered the company to pay $39 million in compensation and $250 million in punitive damages to a school groundskeeper who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after years of using Roundup at work.

    The World Health Organization’s cancer research agency classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015. In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled glyphosate a carcinogen in 1985, but reversed its position in 1991. In 2017, California listed glyphosate in its Proposition 65 registry of chemicals known to cause cancer.

    The cereals tested weren’t all lurid-colored Lucky Charms or sugar-crusted Frosties, but oat-based ‘healthy’ choices. The high levels of glyphosate came from the oats themselves.

    The highest levels were found in Quaker Old Fashioned Oats - 1,000 parts per billion (ppb) of glyphosate. The EWG calculated levels above 160 ppb as unsafe for children. Giant Instant Oatmeal contained 760 ppb, and three samples of Cheerios contained concentrations of between 470 and 530 ppb.

    250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on American crops every year, but the highest concentrations of the chemical are found in non-GMO wheat, barley, oats, and beans. Farmers spray these crops with glyphosate right before harvest time, as they kill the crop and dry it out, making it ready for harvest quicker.

    All oats are not equal though. The EWG also tested 16 cereals made with organically-grown oats. While five of these contained glyphosate, none were above the group’s health benchmark of 160 ppb. While organic foods should by definition be free of chemicals like glyphosate, these chemicals can often drift onto these crops from nearby fields of conventionally-grown crops, or at factories that handle both kinds of crop.
    “Glyphosate does not belong in cereal,” said the EWG. The organization called on Americans to “urge the EPA to restrict pre-harvest applications of glyphosate and tell companies to identify and use sources of glyphosate-free oats.”

    Meanwhile, despite several contradictory studies and a multi-million dollar payout, Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer, said last week that “glyphosate is safe for use and does not cause cancer when used according to the label.”


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    A deliberate slow kill.
    Glyphosate is in everything.
    We need higher yields because we have to feed the 'ever increasing' third world.

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    I've been eating Quaker Oats oatmeal for more than 50 years and I'm still cancer free.
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    http://www.horsefeedblog.com/2014/01...ats-to-horses/

    Even horses have trouble digesting them.

    I can't fathom how people could stomach eating food often permeated with live insects. The FDA aren't very strict on regulating what ends up in oatmeal packages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Rentz View Post
    I've been eating Quaker Oats oatmeal for more than 50 years and I'm still cancer free.
    Once a year ?
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    Roundup cancer - California jury awards couple $2 billion in Monsanto/Bayer trial

    A US jury has awarded $2 billion in punitive damages to a California couple after concluding that Roundup weed killer caused their cancer and that Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, failed to warn them of the chemical’s health risks.





    Glyphosate, the signature ingredient in Roundup, was found by jury in Alameda County Superior Court to be the cause of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in both Alva and Alberta Pilliod of Livermore. The couple has used the herbicide since the 1970s.


    In their ruling on Monday, the jury noted that American agrochemical giant Monsanto (now owned by Germany’s Bayer AG) failed to properly warn Roundup users about potential detrimental effects to their health. Pointing out deliberate negligence by the company, the jury went on to award $18 million in compensatory and $1 billion in punitive damages to Alva Pilliod. His wife Alberta was awarded another $37 million in compensatory and $1 billion in punitive damages.

    The ruling marks the third time since August 2018 that a US jury has found glyphosate to be a cause of cancer. Thousands of lawsuits with similar claims have been filed against Monsanto, which was acquired by the German pharmaceutical giant last June.


    Bayer defended Roundup's reputation after the verdict, insisting that plenty of scientific evidence exist to support Monsanto’s position that glyphosate-based herbicides are not carcinogenic.


    "We have great sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Pilliod, but the evidence in this case was clear that both have long histories of illnesses known to be substantial risk factors for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL)," the company said. "Most NHL has no known cause, and there is not reliable scientific evidence to conclude that glyphosate-based herbicides were the "but for" cause of their illnesses as the jury was required to find in this case."




    Monsanto knew their hinky research cover ups where penetrated and where about to be published, so they did a pump and dump on Bayer. Very foolish move on Bayer's behalf knowing the reputation Monsanto was gaining across the globe.




    California jury awards couple $2 billion in Monsanto/Bayer Roundup cancer trial 14 May 2019.


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    Sadly, we live in a world where giant greedy corporations want to sell their products and so many in governments turn a blind eye (as they get a handful of bills) to any of this.


    One's national government should have ultimate control over what corporations and banks do but sadly that is blasted as "fascism!" by the equally corrupt mass media (the third major thing that needs controlling by a nation's government). Instead we have mass media, big banking and corporations all looking out for the extreme wealthy and pushing their products and crap on everyone.

    We get scientific teams hired by corporations to "prove" their products are safe or scientific studies even by government agencies showing things are safe because they don't want to ruin the economy or the heads of these agencies are pals and shareholders of various companies.


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    We are having fewer bees ... we are having a huge increase in people with celiac and gluten intolerance ... and we spray endless amounts of Monsanto chemicals on all our monoculture farms. This is all to save money and make money for the wealthy.


    Corporations and business will naturally strive more and more to profits (that's their nature if left uncontrolled). Money-obsessed powerful people will gravitate (more like kick people in the head as they climb the ladder of "success") towards the tops of these corporate entities. This is why corporations cannot have free reign in a balanced and just civilization. They must be controlled and limited by a non-corrupt government.

    I suppose getting a non-corrupt government is a major point in this issue. Unfortunately the wealthy and powerful will fight this for self interest and preservation of their extreme power.

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