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Roundup Cancer Lawsuits in Multi-District Litigation

A recent article in the New York Times elaborates on the latest findings against Monsanto's defense of glyphosate.

Monday, April 30, 2018 - Hundreds of federally-filed lawsuits against Monsanto have been consolidated for Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in San Francisco in order to streamline pre-trial processes and produce more comprehensive results in discovery. Lawsuits claim that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup Ready herbicide, caused non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. Spokespersons from Monsanto have countered that before the IARC determination regarding glyphosate there were no glyphosate/cancer lawsuits against Monsanto. In addition, Monsanto attorneys point out that only a small percentage of the 800 or so studies have established a firm link between glyphosate and cancer.

In pre-trial discovery, Monsanto's position on glyphosate's safety for humans was undermined when recently unsealed court documents revealed correspondence between Monsanto lawyers and federal regulators. The emails according to the New York Times, "suggested that Monsanto had ghostwritten research that was later attributed to academics and indicated that a senior official at the Environmental Protection Agency had worked to quash a review of Roundup's main ingredient, glyphosate, that was to have been conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services." The review of glyphosate by the DHHS never took place. Monsanto was forewarned that the IARC was about to make its glyphosate cancer determination months before the announcement became public, allowing the company to prepare a media onslaught against the IARC's findings that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic in humans."

When the State of California heard of the IARC's glyphosate warning the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) was compelled to place glyphosate on the state's official list of chemicals that cause cancer. This cancer designation is the core belief behind scientific testimony against Monsanto in the MDL and the judge has made the statement that other than pointing to the IARC study, the scientific evidence that glyphosate causes cancer is "shaky" at best.

Such a designation, however, has prompted other scientific bodies to study glyphosate's effect on the health of humans. Independent college and university researchers are adding to the body of science supporting the case to ban Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. A recent study found that over 90% of pregnant women studied have detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine and have determined that further investigation is warranted. Glyphosate was also detected in the water supply where each lives. The glyphosate study is being conducted by researchers at the University of Indiana on subjects living in the Midwest where the bulk of the 300 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed every year. The women in the study live close to farms where glyphosate is sprayed therefore it cannot be ruled out that glyphosate can be in the air that they breathe as well as the water and food. Glyphosate is showing up virtually every packaged product we eat from granola bars, to bread made from wheat to products using corn, corn oil, and high-fructose corn syrup according to a spokesperson from the Food and Drug Administration. Although each food's glyphosate level is below the amount considered safe in humans, more testing is needed to determine glyphosate's bioaccumulation in humans and any cancer-causing effects thereof.


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