When the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer closed last month on its purchase of U.S.-based biotech bully Monsanto, it also acquired the $277 million fund Monsanto had socked away to pay for lawsuits.
But it looks like it’s going to need more money – a whole lot more.
The very first case — one of thousands involving plaintiffs who blame glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship Roundup, for causing their cancers — has just gone to trial in California.
And as one of the lawyers involved said recently, “The world is watching.”
The odd thing here is that when a product becomes so tainted by claims of it being deadly, customers typically start avoiding it like the plague.
Where Roundup is concerned, however, it seems that there’s even more being sold these days than ever.
And unsuspecting people all over the U.S. are still putting bottle after bottle of this pernicious poison into their shopping carts, taking it home, and spraying it in their driveways, backyards, and anywhere else a weed might pop up.
A vanishing act
The Monsanto name isn’t expected to be around much longer… and sadly, neither is Dewayne Johnson.
Johnson, a 46-year-old father of three, sprayed plenty of Roundup while working as a groundskeeper for a school district in California. But four years after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, he’s now being told he has only months to live.
And his final wish is to bring his killer, which he is convinced is the glyphosate in Roundup, to justice.
Johnson’s lawsuit however, along with every other Roundup cancer claim, is now about to become Bayer’s problem.
For over $63 billion, the German aspirin-maker acquired the mega-company lock, stock, and barrel. And one of the first things it’s going to do is deep-six the Monsanto name and do away with all traces of its identity. But that move is not about to make this tidal wave of litigation disappear.
And Johnson, whose case has been speedily brought to trial because he’s not expected to live much longer, is merely the “canary in the coal mine,” per his attorney.
But while that may be true legally speaking, many experts have come out on record saying that glyphosate is clearly linked to cancer. The canary that first warned us died long ago.
One of the most significant findings was three years ago, when The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that glyphosate was indeed a “probable human carcinogen.”
And other research has linked it not only to cancer, but also kidney and liver damage, IBD, obesity, and even neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Despite those findings, Roundup is heavily advertised for people to buy and use around their homes, and genetically modified crops are literally drenched with the herbicide and other glyphosate-containing chemicals. And this is all with the blessing (and help) of the EPA.
It’s as if everything possible is being done to poison our food supply.
But no matter what happens during this trial, you can begin your own campaign to make your life glyphosate-free!
Start by using other methods to get rid of weeds, be it pulling them out by hand or treating them with a mix of dish detergent, vinegar, and water.
The next step is to buy organically grown foods as much as possible. And that’s especially true for those Frankenfoods that contain soy, canola, and corn ingredients, as well as sugar from sugar beets (any sugar not called “cane” is suspect). Banish them from your kitchen as surely as Bayer plans to do with the Monsanto name.
And if you can’t find an organic version of a processed food you want, look for items that bear the “Non-GMO Project Verified” stamp.
And in Johnson’s case, his lawyer said that a civil jury trial is a “great equalizer.”
Twelve people, “regular folks” off the street will “decide what’s right,” he said.
Hopefully those 12 jurors will do the right thing… and help to finally put the brakes on the Roundup reign of terror.
And if that happens, it could well be the beginning of the end for this killer — right along with the evil enterprise that created its poisonous legacy.
“Monsanto faces man dying of cancer in Roundup trial” Joel Rosenblatt, June 18, 2018, Bloomberg, Bloomberg.com