The Monsanto Company has been widely criticized for its long-standing legal war on farmers, in the form of hundreds of lawsuits over the years for patent infringement of its genetically engineered lab-created seeds.
But lately, the shoe has been on the other foot, as both citizens and grassroots organization alike have been suing the company for its deceptive practices and misdeeds.
Judges have also consistently been siding against the company, bucking earlier trends and holding them more accountable than ever, as the country waits with bated breath for the forthcoming Bayer-Monsanto merger to be completed.
U.S. Judge Greenlights Misleading Roundup Label Lawsuit Against Monsanto: Report
According to this report from the website Sustainable Pulse, a U.S. Federal Judge has given the green light for a lawsuit to proceed against Monsanto by the organizations Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association over misleading Roundup labels, which was filed in April 2017.
The lawsuit was filed on the grounds that Monsanto’s labeling of its popular weedkilling product Roundup is misleading to consumers, because of one specific alleged scientific claim that could have dramatic implications for human health.
The claim in question is that Roundup works by “target(ing) an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.”
But U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled that the OCA and BP presented enough evidence to support that the claim is misleading to consumers. Independent research (not authored or conducted by industry as much research on these chemicals is) has shown that humans and pets may in fact be affected negatively through this pathway after all.
“In the face of EPA’s poor regulation of pesticides, misleading pesticide product labeling cannot be left unchecked,” said Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides. “The court’s decision to allow our case to move forward, in denying Monsanto’s motion to dismiss, is critical to showing that the company is deceiving the public with a safety claim on its Roundup (glyphosate) label.”
According to Feldman, research shows that Roundup’s main ingredient glyphosate has a “devasating” effect on beneficial bacteria in the gut biome.
“The disruption of the gut biome is associated with a host of 21st century diseases, including asthma, autism, bacterial vaginosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome, multiple sclerosis, obesity, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s,” he said.
Monsanto Under Legal Assault Over Glyphosate
If you haven’t been following the glyphosate saga, you’ve been missing out on one of the most important health battles of our time.
Recently, Monsanto was dealt a huge blow in court as the state of California finally won the right to add cancer warning labels to Roundup, after months of back-and-forth legal action.
In addition, over 2,400 people are suing Monsanto alleging that these chemicals caused or helped lead to their cancer diagnoses, including one groundskeeper who doctors said only has months to live in large part because of exposure to the chemical.
Monsanto insists its weedkiller formulation is safe due to government health body approvals. But in 2015 the World Health Organization flipped that assertion on its head by stating through its International Agency for Research on Cancer that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen,” a ruling which was used as the basis for California’s warning label.
For now, the best thing we can do is to follow the news as closely as possible, buy organic and use homemade or natural garden pesticides (or go without), and be sure to keep raising awareness of the harm these products are causing because Monsanto doesn’t seem willing to give an inch anytime soon, especially with the German pesticide and GMO giant Bayer ready to lend its considerable support in the coming months.
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