A jury in California has ruled on Monday that Monsanto needs to pay $2 billion to a couple diagnosed with cancer which they got by using this company’s weed-killer called Roundup.
Michael Miller, the attorney for Alva and Alberta Pilliod, the couple that got sick from using this weed-killer, says that “We were finally allowed to show a jury the mountain of evidence showing Monsanto’s manipulation of science, the media, and regulatory agencies to forward their own agenda despite Roundup’s severe harm to the animal kingdom and humankind.”
Monsanto was bought by Bayer, a German pharmaceutical giant during last year. The jury ruled that the company is responsible for the Pilliods’ Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) and was the third such ruling that has happened in less than a year.
At a press conference that followed the verdict, Alberta Pilliod expressed: “We’ve been fighting cancer for nine years. It was caused by Roundup. We can’t do the things we used to do and we really resent Monsanto for that.”
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) May 13, 2019
Having worked on this issue for several years, I'm going to say this again: STOP USING ROUNDUP BY MONSANTO. https://t.co/9dBjl9TYZO
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 14, 2019
The Guardian also reported that the “latest verdict is the largest by far and will increase pressure on Bayer, which has suffered share price drops in the wake of the verdicts and is now facing similar lawsuits from thousands of cancer patients, survivors, and families who lost loved ones to NHL.”
The executive director of Food and Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, expressed himself in a statement that the decision of California’s jury showed that there is big evidence which proves that Roundup is extremely bad for the environment and the public.
Haunter also mentions that instead of following the evidence that were proven to the jury, the “EPA continues to side with the chemical industry and recently announced it will continue to allow glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, to be sold. It’s time to ban this dangerous herbicide.”