Weed killer available in Britain blamed for causing cancer

12 August, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Jury backs man who claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer

The use of glyphosate on HT Bt cottonseeds cotton crop kills the weeds, while allowing the resistant plants to grow.

Federated Farmers national vice-president Andrew Hoggard said most of the scientific research, with the exception of one report by the World Health Organization, said it was safe to use.

A jury has awarded $289 million to a man who claimed the weed killer Roundup gave him non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

"I understand that we all have sympathy for Mr Johnson, certainly the jury had sympathy for Mr Johnson, but that should not change the manner in which legal decisions are made".

Bayer completed its $66bn takeover of Monsanto in June.

"Monsanto and every chemical company in the world have clearly been told that they are responsible as corporate citizens".

The company insists hundreds of studies have established that the active ingredient in Roundup - glyphosate - is safe and reportedly plans to appeal the decision.

It's the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging a glyphosate link to cancer.

In court, Johnson's lawyers said his industrial use of Roundup resulted in frequent bodily contact, including at least two work accidents in which he was covered with the chemical.

According to CNN, the suit was filed by a former groundskeeper for a school system near San Francisco named Dewayne Johnson.

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The UK's biggest DIY chains have announced they are reviewing the safety of their weedkillers, as a USA court ruled a commonly-used ingredient had given a man cancer.

Monsanto now reportedly intends to appeal the ruling.

Monsanto vice president Scott Partridge told Press Association: "Roundup has been safe for four decades and will continue to be safe".

Image copyright Getty Images What is glyphosate and is it risky? In the United States, more than 750 products contain it.

Cancer Council Australia chief executive officer Sanchia Aranda said the International Agency for Research on Cancers has classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Roundup's active ingredient is safe for people when used in accordance with label directions.

He stated that prior to this he had also testified before a court in the Netherlands during a trial regarding the pesticide and that yesterday's ruling by the San Francisco County Superior Court found glyphosate as cancer causing. In a review of the chemical a year ago, it concluded glyphosate is likely not a carcinogen. Jurors say the company should have provided a warning label of the health hazards.

What happened in the groundsman case?

. A California jury found Monsanto acted with "malice" and that its weed killers Roundup and the professional grade version RangerPro contributed "substantially" to Dewayne Johnson's terminal illness. They deliberated for three days before awarding Johnson $250 million in punitive damages and $39 million in compensatory damages. He sprayed large quantities from a 50-gallon (about 3.8 litres) tank attached to a truck, and during gusty winds, the product would cover his face, said Brent Wisner, one of his attorneys.

"When you are right, it is really easy to win", he said.

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