Sunday, August 26, 2018


Weeding Out the Truth:  Landmark Case Exposes Monsanto's Glyphosate Lies
By Ty Bollinger
from The Truth About Cancer website
Below is an excerpt from the article.  To read the article in its entirety (and I really recommend that you do so), click on the link below:
It’s finally happened. In a landmark ruling last week, a California jury found that Monsanto failed to warn consumers that their pesticides cause cancer. The plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, was awarded $289 million in damages.  

Johnson, a groundskeeper for the California school system, regularly used Monsanto products Roundup and RangerPro on the job. Although healthy when beginning the job in 2012, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014 after working regularly with the pesticides.  

This is the first of over 5,000 cases claiming that Monsanto knows that glyphosate, the world’s common weed killer, causes cancer, but have deliberately hidden that information. Johnson’s case was fast-tracked to trial due to the severity of his illness. According to a deposition from his doctor, by January of this year his body was 80% covered in lesions. He says that Johnson is unlikely to survive past 2020.  

This is a major development, and the first trial linking glyphosate to cancer. Johnson’s lawyers focused on proving that Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer AG) deliberately suppressed evidence that Roundup causes cancer. If you’ve been following The Truth About Cancer, this is not new information.

But in case you haven’t, here’s what you need to know:

Glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in Roundup, is the most widely-used herbicide on the planet. More than 300 million pounds of glyphosate are used every year on U.S. farms alone.  

Glyphosate strips plants and soil of nutrients, and in the past 40 years, tens of millions of acres have been saturated and destroyed by glyphosate and Roundup. Since its introduction in 1974, over 9 million tons of Roundup have been sprayed on fields worldwide.  

Everything from endocrine disruption and obesity to diabetes and heart disease – and, of course, cancer – has a scientific tie-in to glyphosate exposure. Studies have linked glyphosate to cancer, kidney failure, chromosomal damage, and immune system damage. And when combined, the chemicals found in Roundup are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. What’s worse, glyphosate is everywhere.  

U.S. Geological Survey data shows that glyphosate is present in more than half of all surface waters, soil, and sediment. Aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), its degradation product, is even more commonly detected, showing up in more than 80% of wastewater samples collected at municipal treatment plants. Monsanto itself admits that some glyphosate remains on and in food crops like canola, cotton, and corn, meaning we’re consuming unknown amounts of glyphosate regularly.

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