HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Federal Lawsuit: Farmers ...

Fri May 13, 2016, 05:07 PM

Federal Lawsuit: Farmers Claim Monsanto's Controversial 'Roundup' Weedkiller Gave Them Cancer

http://www.alternet.org/food/federal-lawsuit-farmers-claim-monsantos-controversial-roundup-weedkiller-gave-them-cancer

Federal Lawsuit: Farmers Claim Monsanto's Controversial 'Roundup' Weedkiller Gave Them Cancer
Despite Monsanto's claim that its glyphosate weedkiller is "safe enough to drink," four Nebraska farmers say it gave them non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
By Ted Wheeler / Courthouse News
May 13, 2016


LINCOLN, Neb. (CN) Despite Monsanto's claim that its Roundup weed-killer is "safe enough to drink," four Nebraska farmers say the widely used herbicide gave them non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" but Monsanto has promoted Roundup as "safe enough to drink," the farmers say in their federal lawsuit.

"Roundup is used by Nebraskans raising everything from grain to grass and tulips to trees. Nothing on the label alerts users to health risks," their attorney David Domina said in an interview. "Nebraskans deserve the benefit of the WHO research, and protection against unknown exposure."

Monsanto, based in St. Louis, is the world's largest producer of glyphosate herbicides. The company made $4.8 billion from Roundup sales last year. It is applied to "Roundup-ready" crops that are genetically modified to resist it.

Ubiquitous in hardware stores for home use nationwide, Roundup is used in commercial agriculture on more than 100 varieties of crops. More than 85 million lbs. of glyphosate was applied to U.S. crops in 2001, and its use more than doubled, to 185 million lbs., by 2007, according to the complaint.

"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," the 48-page complaint states.

California last year became the first state to label Roundup as a carcinogen, based on the IARC research, and Monsanto then sued the state to fight the designation.

<rest of the story at the link>

2 replies, 507 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply Federal Lawsuit: Farmers Claim Monsanto's Controversial 'Roundup' Weedkiller Gave Them Cancer (Original post)
marble falls May 2016 OP
scscholar May 2016 #1
marble falls May 2016 #2

Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2016, 05:52 PM

1. Since they decided to use it on our food...

 

that we ate, I'm having a hard time being sympathetic. They filled our grocery stores with poison.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to scscholar (Reply #1)

Fri May 13, 2016, 07:20 PM

2. They were lied to, also.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread