If you’re a regular reader here, you know how frequently we write about Monsanto, Roundup, glyphosate, and other toxic chemicals. What you may not realize is that even the mainstream media is starting to realize just how awful Monsanto’s products really are.
A new blockbuster CNN story is a prime example. Titled “Patients: Roundup Gave Us Cancer as EPA Official Helped the Company,” the article tells the story of a 67-year-old woman, Christine Sheppard, who was stumped as to what caused her non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma until a group of cancer researchers from the World Health Organization made their “cancer” declaration on glyphosate.
She had sprayed her coffee farm in Hawaii with the herbicide for five years, the article notes, and was “incensed” when she found out the news.
She’s just one of hundreds of cancer patients currently suing Monsanto for failing to warn of the cancer risks of Roundup. California is now forcing such a label on the product, but this comes after years on the market – and implications in thousands of cancer cases.
It’s expected that between 2-3,000 such cases will be filed against Monsanto by similar plaintiffs by the end of 2017 according to Timothy Litzenburg, a lawyer quoted in the article whose firm represents over 500 such plaintiffs.
Monsanto’s defenses of the product have thus far allowed it to be given the benefit of the doubt from the EPA, but as the CNN article points out, recent events are casting serious doubt on Monsanto’s contention that Roundup is safe. “If I can kill this, I should get a medal,” one former EPA official has been quoted as saying in leaked emails referencing a key safety study that never got off the ground because of what watchdog organizations are calling an example of government collusion between the EPA and Monsanto.
“They didn’t take away my life, thank goodness, but they took away our dreams, our savings,” Sheppard told CNN. She was forced to move from Hawaii to California to seek cancer treatment.
And she’s just one in a long list of plaintiffs with similar stories, all of whom combined hold the power to make life difficult for the embattled company and its already troubled image.
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