American Workers File Lawsuit Against Monsanto Claiming RoundUp Caused Cancer

October 1, 2015   |   Jonathan Schoenfeld

Jonathan Schoenfeld
October 1, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) San Diego, CA — Controversy tends to engulf Monsanto, the notorious agrochemical giant. One of the most vociferous debates concerns the safety of Monsanto products, including genetically modified seeds and RoundUp herbicide. As research doubting the safety of Monsanto products continues to mount, multiple lawsuits are cropping up both in the United States and around the world.

Monsanto does much of its own research regarding the safety of its products, and it continuously denies evidence in other studies that find their products to be unsafe.

The Norwegian organization, Genok Center for Biosafety, recently challenged the research Monsanto submitted to Brazil regarding its RoundUp-Ready GM soybeans, claiming the data was manipulated to favor a specific outcome.

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified glyphosate — the main ingredient in RoundUp — as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Monsanto, of course, denied these claims and continues to stand firmly by its assertion that glyphosate is safe for human exposure.

Though WHO updated its stance on the carcinogenic properties of glyphosate, farmers from across America are bringing forward claims that their cancer was caused by the use of RoundUp.

One of these lawsuits was filed in Los Angeles on September 22 by 58-year-old Enrique Rubio, a former farm worker in California, Texas, and Oregon. One of his main duties included spraying fields with RoundUp and other herbicides. Mr. Rubio maintained these tasks until he was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1995, the lawsuit states.

A separate lawsuit was filed in New York by 63-year-old Judy Fitzgerald, also on September 22. Fitzgerald made similar claims that her cancer was caused by exposure to RoundUp when she worked in a horticulture company during the 1990s. Judy Fitzgerald was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012.

Attorney Robin Greenwald, a representative in the Enrique Rubio case, says she believes additional lawsuits will emerge because RoundUp is the most widely-used herbicide and the WHO statements support ongoing concerns surrounding glyphosate.

Fitzgerald’s suit states that Roundup is a “defective” product and “unreasonably dangerous” to consumers, and that Monsanto knew or should have known glyphosate could cause cancer and other illnesses and injuries. Monsanto is accused of failing to properly warn users of the risks.

50-year-old Paul Francois won a lawsuit against Monsanto in 2012 for poisonous exposure to one of their chemical herbicides. The victim experienced neurological damage after inhaling Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller in 2004.

The lawsuit also claims the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changed its initial statement that glyphosate is “possibly carcinogenic to humans” to “evidence of non-carcinogenicity in humans” after being pressured by Monsanto.

If the claims are true, the fact that an organization such as the EPA — tasked with protecting both environmental and human health — could totally change its standpoint to the opposite of its original position is nothing short of disturbing.

As reported by Reuters, Monsanto spokeswoman Charla Lord said the claims were without merit and that glyphosate is safe for humans when used as the label indicates. Monsanto also says several studies conducted by the WHO that concluded glyphosate is carcinogenic are wrong.

The definitive truth about the safety of these products can’t come any sooner. Many more lives are potentially at risk due to products like RoundUp — and because of Monsanto’s attempts to suppress scientific research.


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Author: Jonathan Schoenfeld

Jonathan Schoenfeld joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in August of 2014. His topics of interest include acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, health, and technology. He resides in San Diego, California, where he was born and raised.

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  1. Sorry. Not buying. I'm a licensed pesticide applicator, I study voraciously, and I use Glyphosate as instructed on the label. I am not at risk any more than I am using floor cleaner. Everything in high enough quantities is "carcinogenic", including ibuprofen and acetomeniphen. If I get cancer, it's much more likely because my mother, father, and 3 grandparents had it, and I'm a former cigarette and pot smoker (long since retired). Lay down the tin foil and back away slowly…

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  2. Not everything in high enough quantities is carcinogenic, only certain compounds have that capability. Some carcinogenic compounds are more dangerous than others. Additionally, small quantities don't make for safety because now we know that certain things build up in the body over time and are not flushed out. I find it interesting that you acknowledge the dangers of pesticides and mention using them safely, but do not seem to be concerned about the pesticide being genetically engineered into food that is ingested.

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  5. I am a pesticide applicato. I spray glyphosate. I'm not so stupid and naive as to believe that it's perfectly safe. If it's so safe, why not take a fucking bath in it, you hypocrite? You won't do that, and you won't take a shot of it, because it's fucking poison. I believe that it's probably not poisonous once it gets to the consumer, due to the chemical's half life. However, most people spraying this crap aren't lucky enough to be born white male citizens like me. Most are legally disenfranchised illegal immigrants, who do all the hardest work in society and take all the risks but get the shaft. They pay into social security with false numbers, and they're the only reason that millions of Americans get to retire, but we don't let them collect. That's because we're a society of fucking racists that just modified the old JIm Crow laws to fit hispanics. It's not safe, and anyone woh tells you any different is a dirty liar, just completely ignorant or lying through their teeth. They lie because they benefit from this whole racist system. They life becuse they know that the people who die of cancer will mostly be illegal immigrants who can't ever sue them. They lie because it's profitable. I'm a professional farmer, and know this – these chemicals are not safe for farm workers.

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