USA jury orders Monsanto to pay $289m in Roundup trial

USA jury orders Monsanto to pay $289m in Roundup trial

A California jury has ordered chemical giant Monsanto to pay almost $290 million for failing to warn a dying groundskeeper that its weed killer Roundup might cause cancer.

Its toxicity is widely regarded to be low in the concentrations used by farmers, although the UN International Agency for Research on Cancer has called it "probably carcinogenic". He says that he regularly used a form of RangerPro while working at a school in Benicia, California.

"This verdict proves that when ordinary citizens, in this case a jury of 12, hear the facts about Monsanto's products, and the lengths to which this company has gone to buy off scientists, deceive the public and influence government regulatory agencies, there is no confusion", said Ronnie Cummins, OCA's worldwide director.

Johnson, who appeared to be fighting back sobs while the verdict was read, wept openly, as did some jurors, when he met with the panel afterward.

"Monsanto made Roundup the oxycontin of pesticides and now the addiction and damage they caused have come home to roost", said Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group, a US environmental organization that researches toxic chemicals and advocates for corporate accountability.

On Friday, a San Francisco jury agreed.

"This should send a strong message to the boardroom of Monsanto", Kennedy added.

Monsanto has denied a link between the active ingredient in Roundup - glyphosate - and cancer, saying hundreds of studies have established that the weed killer is safe. "Today's decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews. support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson's cancer".

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In court, Johnson's lawyers said his industrial use of Roundup resulted in frequent bodily contact, including at least two work accidents in which he was covered with the chemical.

Speaking to reporters after the verdict, Monsanto VP Scott Partridge said that the company will appeal and continue to "vigorously defend" the herbicide. Glyphosate-based herbicides are so widely used around the globe (roughly 826 million kg a year) that residues are commonly found in food and water supplies, and in soil and air samples.

On Friday, the jury in San Francisco found that Roundup was a "substantial factor" in Mr Johnson's illness and that the company should have provided a label warning of the potential health hazard.

"The Johnson v Monsanto verdict is a win for all of humanity and all life on earth", said Zen Honeycutt, Founding Executive Director of Moms Across America.

"The science finally caught up, where they couldn't bury it anymore", Wisner told the jury in closing arguments.

Johnson's team expressed confidence in the verdict, saying the judge in the case kept out a mountain of more evidence backing their position.

Before jurors went to deliberate, Johnson's lawyer Brent Wisner asked them to deliver a "day of reckoning" for Monsanto. Monsanto launched Roundup in 1976 and soon thereafter began genetically modifying plants, making some resistant to Roundup.

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