Bayer/Monsanto Using Courts to Limit Transparency

July 16, 2020

We all know glyphosate causes cancer: how is Bayer/Monsanto avoiding saying so on their label? Action Alert!

Bayer/Monsanto has agreed to pay $10 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits alleging that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup, causes cancer. At the same time, Bayer has used the courts to prevent California from requiring a cancer warning label on Roundup. It’s time for this nonsense to stop and for glyphosate to be banned once and for all.

In agreeing to the $10 billion settlement, Bayer admits no wrongdoing or liability. The company must have seen the writing on the wall: in 2019, Dewayne Johnson was awarded $78 million after a jury found that Bayer/Monsanto failed to warn consumers of cancer risk from use of Roundup; a year later in a separate case, a husband and wife were awarded $87 million after a jury found that Roundup caused their illness.

Bayer’s annual revenue is nearly $50 billion. With the settlement, Bayer will pay $8.8 billion to settle existing lawsuits and another $1.25 billion that covers future litigation. It may be a relatively small price to pay to keep their poison on the market. The company also managed to secure £600 million in COVID relief bailouts from the UK government; weeks before, shareholders agreed to distribute £2.75 billion in dividends.

That glyphosate can avoid a warning in California demonstrates how dishonest and broken this system is. Under Prop 65, chemicals identified by the state as having even a one-in-100,000 chance of causing cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are required to carry a corresponding warning. Recently, Bayer/Monsanto was granted a permanent injunction preventing the state of California from requiring a Prop 65 cancer warning on Roundup.

To be clear, there are many problems with Prop 65 that we detailed in a white paper a few years ago. Leaving the problems with Prop 65 aside for the moment, the real issue here is that, despite all of the evidence linking glyphosate to cancer, and the court victories for those injured by glyphosate, Roundup is still allowed on store shelves— without accurate warnings.

Recall that glyphosate isn’t even the biggest problem with Roundup. The “inert” ingredients in pesticides can be up to 1,000 times more toxic than the active ingredient. There are many other health problems that we’ve detailed in previous coverage of this issue. For example, the work of Dr. Stephanie Seneff, an MIT researcher, showed a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism.

Government cronyism has been instrumental in keeping glyphosate on the market. Recently unsealed documents show that a top EPA official, Jess Rowland, promised Monsanto he would quash an effort by the Department of Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to conduct its own review of glyphosate. He was successful—the HHS review never happened. A letter from a former EPA employee dying of cancer accused Rowland of having intimidated staff, compelling them to change reports to make them favorable to Monsanto. The letter also argued that the research on glyphosate supports categorizing it as a probable human carcinogen.

Federal agencies are more than happy to keep dangerous, cancer-causing products like Roundup on the market, but spring into action when doctors discuss the proven benefits of natural medicines. We need to reform a healthcare system that not only bars the use, but even the mention, of natural remedies that have not been, and never can be, put through the multi-billion dollar FDA approval process.

Action Alert! Sign our petition to remove glyphosate from the market and to reform government agencies to stop the blatant cronyism that threatens the health of Americans in so many ways. Please sign our petition immediately.

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15 responses to “Bayer/Monsanto Using Courts to Limit Transparency”

  1. Patricia Chambers says:

    My father was exposed to this and died. Don’t tell
    Me this crud is safe. Plus I was exposed also at Fort McClellan.

  2. E c says:

    why Are these devils allowed to poison everyone???!!!

  3. PLEASE remove glyphosate from the market and to reform government agencies to stop the blatant cronyism that threatens the health of Americans in so many ways.

  4. Irena Franchi says:

    We all know glyphosate causes cancer. Why don’t you say so on your label?

  5. Christina AND Gary Aldridge says:

    Bayer/Monsanto should be required to put Warning Label on Roundup !!!
    BAN “GLYPHOSATE’ To be banned once and for all!!!

  6. E.D. Barber says:

    Bayer/Monsanto have had their profits at our expense. ENOUGH! The very least the FDA could do is require appropriate cancer warnings.

  7. Bonnie Helm says:

    This needs to be taken off the market we can not allow this dangerous ingredient in our market place !

  8. Penny says:

    I find it interesting that a large pharmaceutical like Bayer can pop out 10 billion to payoff cancer patients, but aren’t found culpable for the crime.

  9. Jerome from Layton says:

    They have Prop. 65 warnings at every gas station in CA and even some of my electronics [Samsung Galaxy] has one of those warnings, too. It’s not on Roundup???

  10. Eden Matteson says:

    Protect people, water and the land! Remove glyphosate from the market.

  11. zelma fishman says:

    I want to know the pesticide and herbicide residues in the food I eat and the products I use.

  12. margaret weston says:

    Bayer/MonsterSanto can’t be trusted to put safe products on the market. It should not be allowed to continue to market unsafe products. Because of negative environmental and health effects, glyphosate must be removed from the market and government agencies reformed to stop blatant cronyism that endangers the health of Americans and the environment.

  13. Jami Moore says:

    Stop the use of round up under any name!

  14. Susan marsh says:

    I do not like the sound of this. I am returning the roundup I bought yesterday to Waitrose. It did say no
    glyphosate on the container . I shall ask why they are selling it.

  15. Joy OHare says:

    We can track what round up has done to the health of this country. It needs to stop. Its filling hospitals with kids with cancer, adults the same and many other illnesses.

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