By Christina Morales, Editor-in-Chief
Periscope News Group
September 5, 2018
In this world of technology where there is so much noise going on, it can be hard to know who to trust. One example involves Monsanto’s popular weedkiller, Roundup. The company has been boasting for decades that it’s “safe enough to drink” and that it’s “as safe as table salt,” and yet a trial three weeks ago announced the verdict that Roundup is in fact linked to cancer. This may just be the start of the public learning the truth about this dangerous and popular product.
It has been reported that close to 300 million pounds of Roundup is used in the United States each year. It has been found in cereals, beverages, grains, and more. One study even stated that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, was in nearly 30% of the food samples that were analyzed. With the public consuming and being exposed to so much Roundup, we clearly need to know if this product really is safe or if it’s the catalyst for a plethora of health issues.
Fortunately, with this recent San Francisco Bay Area trial, we’re finally getting some much needed answers. This trial involved DeWayne Johnson, a school groundskeeper, who regularly used Roundup for his job. After accidentally being soaked in the chemicals, he developed a painful rash and was later diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cancer. The jury found in Johnson’s favor and awarded him $289 million: $39 million in compensatory damages (which is determined by wages lost or medical bills) and $250 million in punitive damages (to punish the company for deliberate wrongdoing).
What makes this trial groundbreaking is the information that it brought to the public’s attention. For instance, Monsanto and its leadership team consistently boasts that over 800 studies have determined that Roundup is safe. HOWEVER, these studies were performed by employees of Monsanto and were NOT independent scientists. This has caused a few issues to arise. It was brought to light that studies have been edited and altered before being published by Monsanto to alter the findings in favor of Roundup. Secondly, the cozy relationship between Monsanto and the government’s EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) was presented as evidence in this trial and showed that the EPA favored Monsanto over some of their own scientists due to close relationships between high ranking leaders. Johnson’s lawyer even named employees and submitted emails saying that the EPA “colluded” with Monsanto.
This trial is clearly an epic win for those who have been striving to share with the public the true dangers of Roundup. New evidence was presented that not only holds Monsanto accountable, but also the EPA which is meant to protect us. Hopefully this new information will help other innocent people who have been wrongfully injured by Roundup and it’s false claims of being safe.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with a blood cancer after being in close contact with one of Monsanto’s products, Periscope Group wants to hear your story. Clearly Monsanto wasn’t truthful about their product, and they should pay for putting your health and future at risk.
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