Nebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto: Claim Roundup Gave Them Cancer (How To Avoid Monsanto Owned Products)

4 Nebraskan agricultural workers have just recently filed a suit against Monsanto Co. alleging that the agribusiness giant's cancer-linked item, Roundup, caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma after many years of direct exposure.

The complainants have likewise implicated Monsanto of intentionally deception of consumers about the safety of its hit item, which includes glyphosate as its controversial main active ingredient.

The complainants declare that Monsanto mislabeled the item in defiance of the "body of recognized clinical proof linking the disease to exposure to Roundup."

Glyphosate, the most commonly utilized herbicide worldwide was infamously categorized as "probably carcinogenic to human beings" by the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Firm for Research on Cancer (IARC) in March 2015.

“Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the USA, Canada, and Sweden reported increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustment for other pesticides,” the IARC said about the herbicide, adding that there is also “convincing evidence.

The plaintiffs in the case are farmers Larry Domina and Robert Dickey both of Cedar County, York County farmer Royce Janzen and Dodge County agronomist Frank Pollard, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. They are represented by Omaha-based Domina Law Group and New York-based Weitz & Luxembourg.

“Roundup is used by Nebraskans raising everything from grain to grass and tulips to trees. Nothing on the label alerts users to health risks,”  their lawyer David Domina spoke to Courthouse News. He said that Nebraskans are worthy of the benefit of the WHO's research study and protection against unidentified exposure.

Monsanto has actually vehemently denied cancer claims and said that Roundup is “safe enough to drink,” as the farmers mentioned in their federal claim.

Roundup, which brought the St. Louis-based company $4.8 billion in revenue in 2014, is used to "Roundup Ready" crops around that world that are genetically modified to withstand applications of the effective weedkiller.

According to the farmers' complaint, the ubiquitous product is used in business farming on more than 100 ranges of crops, with more than 85 million pounds of glyphosate applied to crops grown in the U.S. in 2001 and skyrocketing to 185 million pounds by 2007.

“Glyphosate is found in rivers, streams, and groundwater in agricultural areas where Roundup is used. It has been found in food, the urine of exposed persons, and in the urine of urban dwellers without direct contact with glyphosate,” the grievance states.

The farmers are looking for compensatory damages for faulty design, failure to warn, negligence and breach of guarantee.

Monsanto spokeswoman Charla Lord informed Court house News in an e-mail that "while we have sympathy for the complainants, the science simply does not support their claims when it concerns glyphosate."

“The U.S. EPA and other pesticide regulators around the world have reviewed numerous long-term carcinogenicity studies and agree that there is no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer, even at very high doses,” she continued. “Since 1991, glyphosate has been classified by the U.S. EPA in its lowest category for evidence of non-carcinogenicity based on extensive animal studies. In fact, glyphosate is one of the most thoroughly studied herbicides in the marketplace.”

By the way, last month, the EPA's Cancer Evaluation Committee released a report online regarding glyphosate concluding that the chemical is not likely carcinogenic to human beings. Nevertheless, despite the fact that it was marked "Final" and was signed by 13 members of CARC, the report disappeared from the site 3 days later on. The EPA said that the report was “inadvertently” released.

The chemical has been the topic of incredible controversy in Europe especially after the European Food Security Authority notoriously rejected the IARC's classification of glyphosate as a possible carcinogen in November.

The European Commission-- the executive body of the European Union-- supposedly plans to relicense glyphosate for nine years regardless of opposition from European Parliament, which voted on April 13 to oppose EU relicensing. Furthermore, nations such as France, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands and now Germany, in addition to 1.4 million people have contacted an EU restriction of glyphosate.

Meanwhile, Monsanto is facing an increasing number of similar cancer suits.

In March, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Monsanto by the widow of a popular Cambria, California farmer declaring that Roundup caused her spouse of 40-years, Anthony Jackson "Jack" McCall, to develop an unusual and aggressive variation of non-Hodgkin lymphoma after he used the herbicide on his 20-acre fruit and vegetable farm for nearly Three Decades.

In February, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that Christine and Kenneth Sheppard, the former owners of Dragon's Burrow Kona Coffee Farm in Honaunau, Hawaii, have charged the multinational agribusiness of wrongly masking the carcinogenic risks of glyphosate and is accountable for causing the lady's cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Here's a basic, list of companies that use products made by Monsanto. By avoiding items made by companies on this list, you can be sure that your hard-earned cash  isn't going to line the pockets of Monsanto. More importantly you can also watch out for the health of your household.

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