On March 19, 2019 a jury in California determined that the active ingredient in Roundup (glyphosate) caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) cancer in Edwin Hardeman. Hardeman stated he had sprayed Roundup on his 56-acre property in Santa Rosa, CA from 1986 to 2012 (nearly three decades) to control poison oak and weeds. He followed the instructions on the herbicide container but he was diagnosed with stage 3 NHL cancer at age 66 and began standard cancer treatment. He is now 70 years old.
Hardeman’s case follows the first successful lawsuit won against Monsanto/Bayer last year (October 23, 2018). That verdict for Dwayne Johnson awarded him $78.5 million. The next phase of Hardeman’s case investigated whether Monsanto fraudulently concealed information about how harmful their product was and whether damages to Hardeman were appropriate. On March 28, 2019 the jury unanimously concluded Monsanto was liable and awarded Hardeman $80 million. Attorneys estimate there are 11,000 claims facing Monsanto/Bayer. A day after the court case was announced, Bayer’s stock has dropped 10% on the stock market. A third lawsuit (Pilliod versus Monsanto) went to trial on March 28, 2019.
These verdicts reflect the growing scientific evidence that glyphosate is a human carcinogen. The tide is slowly rising against Monsanto who has prioritized making a profit over human safety for decades. See my book, There’s An Elephant in the Room – Exposing Hidden Truths in the Science of Health for further information on Roundup and genetically engineered crops.
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