Two Lawsuits Claim that Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Has Caused Cancer

LBN’s Emily Collins reports that all concern about Monsanto’s herbicides has gone past the talking stage. Very recently, two federal lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto involving its Roundup herbicide. Enrique Rubio, a 58-yeaer-old former farm worker, has filed suit in California alleging that he developed bone cancer because exposure to Monsanto herbicides. The other case, filed in New York by Judi Fitzgerald, alleges that she developed leukemia as a result of exposure to Monsanto herbicides. [The cases are Rubio v. Monsanto and Fitzgerald v. Monsanto.]

The lawsuits allege that Monsanto knew or should have known that Roundup was a dangerous product. Roundup is Monsanto’s brand name for glyphosate, a broad spectrum herbicide used to kill weeds in back yards and in crop fields. Earlier this year, the cancer-research arm of the World Health Organization announced that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer linked certain cancers—including Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma—to glyphosate exposure.

Nations around the world took note of this report. Since that time, France has banned the sale of Roundup, as have The Netherlands, Bermuda, and others. Monsanto stands behind its product and says that the claimed links to cancer are false. However, the lawyers involved believe that their cases are sound. The lawyer for Mr. Rubio alleges that Monsanto “championed falsified data and attacked legitimate studies that revealed its dangers” and “led a prolonged campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup was safe.”

LBN will continue to follow this story.

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