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As of May 16, 2016 – Four new cases were filed in Nebraska by farmers who allegedly developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma after using Roundup for years have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto. The farmers claim Monsanto mislabeled the herbicide despite the “body of recognized scientific evidence linking the disease to exposure to Roundup.” Plaintiffs are seeking punitive damages for defective design, failure to warn, negligence and breach of warranty.
These are some of the latest lawsuits against bio-tech giant Monsanto for false claims that their product Roundup was safe for consumption- which is what happens when you spray it on food- you EAT it.
Personal injury law firms around the United States are lining up plaintiffs for what they say could be “mass tort” actions against agri-chemical giant Monsanto, who claim the company’s Roundup has caused cancer in people exposed to the chemicals found in the herbicide.
Cases have been filed in Delaware, Colorado, Nebraska, New York and California, just to name a few- accusing Monsanto of long knowing that the main ingredient in Roundup- glyphosate, was hazardous to human health. Monsanto “led a prolonged campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup was safe,” the lawsuit states.
The litigations follow the World Health Organization’s declaration in March, that there was sufficient evidence to classify glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
“We can prove that Monsanto knew about the dangers of glyphosate,” said Michael McDivitt, whose Colorado-based law firm is putting together cases for over 50 individuals. “There are a lot of studies showing glyphosate causes these cancers.”
Several countries have banned or restricted glyphosate since its classification as a possible carcinogen by the IARC, including the Netherlands, France, Bermuda and Sri Lanka.
According to the farmers’ lawsuit, Roundup is used on more than 100 varieties of crops, and the volume of glyphosate applied to crops grown in the U.S. has increased by 100 million pounds in just six years- from 85 million pounds in 2001, to 185 million pounds by 2007.
“Glyphosate is found in rivers, streams, and groundwater in agricultural areas where Roundup is used. It has been found in food, the urine of exposed persons, and in the urine of urban dwellers without direct contact with glyphosate,” according to the complaint.
Monsanto has been the target of a series of new lawsuits including India and Burkina Faso, both related to its BT Cotton, as well as at least 7 other major US cities including Portland, Seattle, and San Diego.
GMO policy is also in focus for the 2016 election season as Vermont’s labeling law is the first in the nation to require labels for GMO ingredients. Vermont’s law takes effect in July 2016. In March, the U.S. Senate voted 48-49 against SB 2609 (The DARK ACT), a bill that would have blocked states from making their own GMO labeling laws. Senate Bill 2609, the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act has been labeled the DARK Act, an acronym for Deny Americans the Right to Know. See more on SB 2609 HERE.
If you feel you have complications resulting from Monsanto’s Roundup, you can join the Class Action Lawsuit.