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Farmers Show Concern Over Using Roundup

Occupations that use Roundup herbicide are worried they could be at risk for Roundup cancer

Monday, November 12, 2018 - Talk as to whether glyphosate is harmful in packaged foods or if the chemical can damage gut bacteria or DNA is on hold for the moment as people digest the ramifications of a recent lawsuit against Monsanto. Farmers across the Midwest are angry with Monsanto for failing to warn them that Roundup herbicide could, as the trial results indicated, cause a worker's cancer. People are focusing on are the allegations made by California municipal groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson that resulted in a $79 million dollar Monsanto Roundup cancer lawsuit jury verdict that was recently upheld by a Federal court. The trial drew attention to occupations where workers experience direct skin contact with Roundup herbicide on a regular basis and for long periods of time when spraying the chemical during the course of performing their jobs. Farmers, landscapers, governmental property maintenance workers, and others spray the chemical regularly to control weeds and as Johnson testified, "often become drenched in the stuff," due to a moment's carelessness or a mere change in the wind. Experts in the DeWayne Johnson trial testified that glyphosate bioaccumulates on the skin to levels that even Monsanto admits could be carcinogenic. Johnson's attorney accused Monsanto of not only knowing that there was a skin accumulation danger with the chemical, but also that the company had an obligation to warn workers to use waterproof protective clothing when using Roundup. Around ten more court cases like the DeWayne Johnson Roundup cancer case are scheduled for 2019 and thousands more are in the pipeline.

So where does this leave the thousands of workers in the US and around the world in terms of whether or not they should continue to use Roundup? Farmers use tons and tons of the chemical and are dependent on the economic benefits of using glyphosate to chemically kill weeds rather than to attempt to plow weeds manually. Farmers argue that discontinuing the use of Roundup would drive the cost of food astronomically higher and make them noncompetitive with other farmers in other countries. According to Kansas City 5 News, one farmer said his crop yield increased 20 percent when his farm switched to Roundup. The farmer questions stated that he wore long sleeves and gloves when spraying the chemical and admitted "I've been soaked a lot on accident. But, if you use it, according to the label, there is no risk of cancer. That's according to the EPA."

Trusting farmers may be unaware, however, of other facts that the plaintiff's attorneys introduced at trial such as evidence that much of the data that the EPA relied upon to clear glyphosate of the allegations that it causes cancer were ghostwritten by Monsanto and represented to the EPA as independent scientific opinions. In addition, Monsanto has had a number of questionable relationships with high-level EPA executives that memos indicated would "fix or take care of" any evidence that implied that glyphosate was carcinogenic. Jurors found that Monsanto acted with "malice of intention and forethought" when they originally awarded Johnson $250 million in punitive damages.

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