By Christina Morales, Editor-in-Chief
Periscope News Group
August 21, 2018
Monsanto and their popular herbicide, Roundup, have been in the news quite a bit lately. Not only did they lose a monumental trial earlier this month in which DeWayne Johnson, a San Francisco Bay Area school groundskeeper, was awarded $289 million in damages, but now they are under fire for a faulty new product they planned to put on the market and for contaminating popular breakfast foods. Is Monsanto finally being held accountable for putting public health at risk?
According to Reuters, “Monsanto froze plans for commercial sales of the product called NemaStrike, which can protect corn, soybeans and cotton from worms that reduce yields.” The problem is that after testing it for three years with approximately 400 people, “There have been limited cases of skin irritation, including rashes, that appear to be associated with the handling and application of this seed treatment product,” Brian Naber, U.S. commercial operations lead for Monsanto, said in a letter to customers about NemaStrike.
This is terribly close to the same claims that were presented in the Johnson case. 20 to 30 times per year, Johnson would spray Monsanto’s herbicide on several different school campuses. Unfortunately, one time his hose came loose and he was drenched in the toxic chemicals. After developing a rash that never fully went away, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a specific type of blood cancer. This landmark trial is the first to link glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, to cancer and could possibly impact future cases.
Secondly, just last week it was announced that glyphosate is found in many popular breakfast items including cereals, breakfast bars, and instant oatmeal. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental advocacy organization, found glyphosate in 24 out of the 29 oat-based foods that they tested. “The worst offenders were Quaker oat products, which regularly clocked in at 400 or more glyphosate parts per billion — meaning they would be dangerous for children if even 27.5 grams were consumed daily,” reported The Chicago Tribune. “A single packet of Quaker’s dinosaur eggs instant oatmeal contains more than three times EWG’s daily safe limit for children.”
It’s time that Monsanto is held accountable for their products and false claims – Johnson was even told that Roundup was “safe enough to drink.” 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. You were never properly warned about the dangers of these products, and Monsanto should pay for putting your health and future at risk.
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