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Monsanto Responsible For This Man’s Terminal Cancer and The People Win Against Greed of Big Business

Emily Robertson
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It’s a landmark, precedent-setting verdict that has been upheld upon appeal: Monsanto’s RoundUp caused 46-year old Dwayne Johnson to develop terminal cancer. We, the people, will no longer tolerate the lies and deceptions of Big Business.

People are experiencing a global shift in attitude about their healthcare. They are ready to advocate for choice and there is a definite movement toward harm reduction thanks, in large part, to the medicinal benefits of cannabis. With this movement has come a “no more BS” reckoning for Big Business (especially Pharma and Agriculture). There is the Insys’s lawsuit underway, and a legion of litigation against the Sackler’s and Purdue Pharma – all for their respective roles in the opioid crisis.

There are few suits more satisfying than courts upholding Johnson vs Bayer/Monsanto verdict.  Tragically, groundskeeper Dwayne Johnson, has spent the final 6 years of his cancer-ridden life fighting this behemoth. His bitter taste of vindication can only be sweetened by the rest of us holding up a victory for the people against the calculated greed of Big Pharma and Big Agriculture.

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Monsanto Tries To Defend Bogus Safety Record for Cancer-Causing Round Up.

Monsanto, the maker of the globally used herbicide Roundup, has been facing lawsuits across the country. Monsanto is charged with producing and selling a product that it knew would cause cancer. This litigation tidal wave has turned Monsanto into an $800 billion future liability for Bayer, the German pharmaceutical company that acquired Monsanto in June 2018.

Since the verdict (August, 2018) in favour of Johnson, Bayer’s stocks have plummeted. In fact, they’ve experienced the worst losses in German economic history at €57.7 billion in losses. With even more lawsuits on the docket, it’s predicted that stock prices will only continue to plummet.

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Groundskeeper is Dying from Repeated Round Up Exposure

Johnson is a 46-year old father of three. While a school groundskeeper, he was frequently exposed to Roundup fumes during garden maintainence. Johnson’s claim was that he was not made aware of the dangers of using Roundup, and that the carcinogenic risks of glyphosate in the product caused his cancer. Sadly, Johnson is not expected to live longer than two years, and may only have a few months left.

Johnson is the first person to sue Monsanto. His legal team argued that Monsanto had been battling against good science for years to hush up the risks of their product. Using emails from Monsanto executives, it was shown how the company, according to The Guardian, “repeatedly ignored experts’ warnings, sought favorable scientific analyses and helped to ‘ghostwrite’ research that encouraged continued usage.”

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Monsanto attempted a counter argument that Roundup is registered and approved for use on over 100 different species of crops across 130 nations in the world. They went on to argue that “Roundup is safe and not linked to cancer and presented studies during trial that countered the research and testimony submitted by Johnson’s team” according to The Guardian article cited above.

Of course, following the evidence shown by Johnson’s team of lawyers, it’s tough to buy the ‘studies show’ argument. Basically, why would they bother to lie about, ghostwrite, and hide studies if their products were harmless?

Furthermore, the World Health Organization’s international agency for research on cancer has reconsidered its approval of glyphosate. They’ve declared it “probably carcinogenic to humans”. This re-classification has assisted in the class action lawsuits that are springing up around the world.

Johnson Wins And the Verdict is Upheld After Monsanto Appeals

Originally, the jury decided that Monsanto needed a real sign that what they were doing – and what other agrochemical companies are doing – is simply unacceptable. It’s a public health concern when corporations are able to continue distributing chemicals that cause cancer. So, they ruled that Monsanto pay Johnson $289 million.

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Monsanto appealed the landmark ruling but the San Francisco judge on the case, Suzanne Bolanos, upheld the ruling. However, much to the frustration of the jury, which had decided on the large sum to make a statement to Monsanto, Bayer, and other big time Big Pharma, Big Corp execs, Judge Bolanos lowered the original payment from $289 million to just $39 million.

The hope remains, that despite the smaller lump sum, this will continue to be a sign to large corporations to rethink their integrity and ensure the safety of their products. It may also encourage more opportunities for regulation and policies for chemical products in the future.

In a statement after the trial, Johnson said, “I hope [Monsanto] gets the message that people in America and across the world are not ignorant. They have already done their own research.” He went on to say, “I’m hoping that it snowballs and people really get the picture and they start to make decisions about what they eat, what they spray in their farms.”

And what medicine they put into their bodies.

 

 

Emily Robertson

Emily Robertson has been writing freelance and contract work since 2011. She has written on a variety of topics, including travel writing of North America and the growing legalized cannabis industry across the globe. Robertson has a master’s degree in literature and gender studies, and brings this through in her writing by always trying to explore different perspectives. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, Robertson moved to Glasgow, Scotland in 2016 to undergo her doctorate in Scottish Literature. She lives in the West End with her dog, Henley.

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