Monsanto Slammed With $289 Million Verdict In Historic ‘RoundUp’ Cancer Lawsuit

In a case that could halt the development of GM crops around the world, and thus the push by a few global corporations to gain control of the food supply, a court San Francisco this week awarded $289 million in damages to a former school groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, whose lawyers claimed Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller gave him terminal cancer. The award consists of $40 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.

Johnson’s trial was fast-tracked due to the severe state of his non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system he says was triggered by Roundup and Ranger Pro, a similar glyphosate based herbicide that he was a=obliged by his job to use up to 30 times per year. His doctors didn’t think he’d live to live to see the verdict.

Johnson told the court that he had been involved in two accidents during his work in which he was soaked with the herbicide. The first of these occurred in 2012. Two years later, the 46-year-old father of two was diagnosed with lymphoma – which has since covered as much as 80% of his body in lesions.

Monsanto says it will appeal the verdict. 

“Today’s decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews — and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world — support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer,” Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said in a statement.

Monsanto is now a subsidiary of Germany’s Bayer AG, which closed on its $66 billion purchase of the agrochemical company in June.

On Tuesday, Johnson’s attorney Brent Wisner urged jurors to hold Monsanto liable and slap them with a verdict that would “actually change the world” – after arguing that Monsanto knew about glyphosate’s risks of cancer, but decided to ignore and bury the information.
According to a report in The Guardian, Johnson’s lawsuit against is the first such case against Monsanto to complete the full trial process over allegations that the chemical sold under the Roundup brand is linked to cancer. Thousands have made similar legal claims across the United States. Many of these are still tied up in the labyrinthine procedures of the American justice system and many other complainants have either run out of money or simply given up.

The Johnson case focused on the chemical glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, which Monsanto began marketing as Roundup in 1974.  The company began by presenting it as a “technological breakthrough” that could kill almost every weed without harming humans or the environment. –SHTFplan.com

In September, 2017 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that glyphosates were not likely carcinogenic to humans, based on a decades-long study. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s cancer arm issued an opposite statement – warning that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Johnson’s case is not part of the consolidated proceedings in Missouri, Delaware or California state court, where some 2,000 similar cases are pending. It’s also separate from a federal multidistrict litigation waiting to be heard by US District Judge Vance Chabria of San Francisco – who allowed hundreds of Roundup lawsuits to proceed to trial after ruling that there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the cases despite calling a plaintiff’s expert opinions “shaky.”

Documents released in August of 2017 led to questions over Monsanto’s efforts to influence the news media and scientific research and revealed internal debate over the safety of its highest-profile product, the weed killer Roundup.

As the New York Times commented last year, leaked internal emails, among other things, reveal ethical objections from former employees to “ghost writing” research studies that were pawned off as ‘independent’ analyses.
These documents detail the meaures to which the Monsanto was willing to resport in order to protect its image. Documents show that Henry I. Miller, an academic and a vocal proponent of genetically modified crops, asked Monsanto to draft an article for him that largely mirrored one that appeared under his name on Forbes’s website in 2015. Mr. Miller could not be reached for comment.

A similar issue appeared in academic research. A biologist involved in writing research funded by Monsanto, John Acquavella, a former Monsanto employee, appeared to express discomfort with the process, writing in a 2015 email to a Monsanto executive, “I can’t be part of deceptive authorship on a presentation or publication.” He also said of the way the company was trying to present the authorship: “We call that ghost writing and it is unethical.”

The newly disclosed emails also reveal internal discussions which cast some doubt over whether internal scientists actually believed in the company’s external messaging that Roundup was, in fact, safe. In the bigger picture these documents will throw into doubt legal judgements in many other cases, as they strongly suggest Monsanto have misled the courts in their evidence.

GM (genocidal malfeasance) exposed as bee killer

World Bank Aims to Hand Over Seed Industry to Agribusiness

Today Donald Trump will be inaugurated as 45h President of The United States, his victory in the November election having been a major setback to those dark forces that give the impression only one more big push was needed to drive the world into accepting a global authoritarian government. Trump’s victory, combined with ‘Brexit’ the vote by British citizens to leave the EU, combined to make 2026 a bad year for the globalists.

A very dark kind of satire here. Just a few days ago we had yet another ‘prominent scientist’ (i.e. one who has sold his arse for corporate money) repeating the discredited claim that there is NO EVIDENCE THAT GM CROPS HARM THE ENVIRONMENT

And yesterday we get this:

from Whiteout Press (where you see the news blacked out by governments and mainstream media).

July 11, 2014. Canada. (ONN) In 2006, a global die-off of our planet’s bee population began. Bee keepers the world over reported the sudden and mysterious deaths of entire colonies. Since then, researchers have struggled to learn the cause of the death of over 500 billion honey bees and counting. With 80 percent of edible plants and 7 billion humans dependent on bees for survival, this could become a catastrophe of biblical proportions.

death of bees
Death of Bees by neonicotioid poisoning (source)

The secret’s out. Catastrophe on a global scale.
When the annual March Against Monsanto demonstration took place a few weeks ago in cities around the world, your author was surprised to see that genetically modified foods (GMOs) weren’t the number one topic of protest. Instead, millions of people in almost 100 countries around the world elevated the plight of the globe’s honey bees to emergency #1. For Whiteout Press readers, this isn’t new. We exposed the pesticides in an article over two year ago titled, ‘Emergency Motion to stop Nicotine Pesticide in Global Bee die-off’.

After looking at the rapidly growing mountain of recent evidence, it’s obvious why bees were the hot topic for anti-Monsanto activists. The companies that are producing laboratory-created GMO food substitutes are some of the same corporations that are producing the pesticide now being blamed for killing off the Earth’s bees. And in turn, possibly killing off 80% of the world’s plants and plant-dependent species that rely on bees for their existence. According to a recent Huffington Post report, that includes 7.2 billion humans and 200,000 different plant species. – Continue reading

Now before the science heads and Monsanto shills start screaming “Unscientific” let’s just remind ourselves that the improved crop yield promised (but not delivered) by genetically engineered orgnisms are improved because food crop plants are engineered to resist herbicide and pesticide, thus preventing productivity being reduced by weeds and insects.

The main crops are Monsanto Roundup Ready Maize and Soya, engineered to survive being sprayed with Monsanto’s glyphosate based Roundup herbicide. A growing mountain of evidence shows that Roundup ready GM organisms make a perfect delivery vehicle to get highly toxic glyphosate into human bodies.

Next most popular with exponents of GM (the science of Genocidal Malfeasance) are a type of pesticides named neonicotinoids that when sprayed on vegetation kill just about everything but are highly efficient at killing bees and other insects that pollinate the crops. And while the neonicotnoids stop insects eating the plants, they stop them fertilising said plants so the crop does not produce a harvest. No harvest, no food. So poison or starvation folks, no – one can says science does not give you a choice.

Ironic isn’t it that while the scienceheads and Monsanto shills and the idiots like Cameron, Obama and the Euronazis of Brussels are screaming that GM crops are needed to solve the problem of this world hunger by feeding the masses, the corporate scientits appear to have come up with an entirely different approach to solving the food supply problem.

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Heading For The Last Roundup(tm)

last roundup
A cowboy’s roundup

When I was a child all self respecting little boys were crazy about Cowboys and Indians and I was a self respecting little boy who had grazed knees and elbows, permadirt on my cheeky little face and pockets full of disgusting stuff. And there was a cowboy song I absolutely loved. By Gene Autry or Roy Rogers or somebody (Probably Gene Autry, Roy Rogers was a wuss) it was called Heading For The Last Roundup. In a manner of speaking we are all heading for the last roundup but I didn’t understand things like that back then. Ah, innocent days.

How things have changed; we live in a different world now, what was innocent is now packed with sinister undertones, overtones and off-to-one-side-tones. And the last round up is not where we dirty face little cowboys will head for when we finally shuffle off this mortal coil, it is the fatal dose of glyphosate that we will ingest with out next five thousand dinners, if the corporate bosses of Monsanto and the science whores who serve them are successful in persuading political leaders that corporate profits are more important than human lives.

Glyphosate, in case you are wondering, is the active ingredient in the herbicide “Roundup” and while makers and government agencies tell us it is perfectly safe, independent research suggests otherwise.

It is this very herbicide that has led to the massive and growing torrent of resistance to Genetically Modified (engineered) produce being used in our food.

Big Agriculture corporations, Big Government and Big Money all tell the same story, that GM foods are needed to feed the world (this is not true – to get bigger crop yields we need more carbon dioxide in the air). The powers that be also tell us that genetically modified organism pose no threat to human health.

Erm ……………. while there are many biologists and geneticists who dispute this, it is not a simple question of “If I eat GM tomatoes will my babies have two heads?”, but “What are the GM Organisms being engineered for?”

Now while there isn’t really a problem crossing a peach with a plum to get a nectarine, i.e. a peach without that unappetising furry skin, or modifying an Apple to grow in hot dry climates as they did in Israel to make feasible at last that the line from The Song Of Solomon that says “Comfort me with apples, stay me with flagons.” (The Song Of Solomon is the porniest book in The Bible, even I have read it – and fantasised about breasts like bunches of grapes ever since)

Yeah, no problem there. but think for a moment, a lot of Monsanto’s genetically modified seed varieties are branded up as “Roundup ready.”

So what? You might well ask.

So the only way they get these better crop yields is by preventing food crop plants having to compete with weeds. And they do that by engineering the plants to be resistant to Roundup herbicide (Roundup ready, geddit?)then spraying the fields of stuff we are going to eat with Roundup herbicide containing the incredibly effective human killing poison glyphosate.

monsanto roundup

The food plants are roundup resistant but unfortunately we are not. And the plants we depend on for our staple foods are being genetically engineered to make them into perfect weapons of genocide for delivering this crap into our systems:

Read more on glyophosate toxicity.

How “Extreme Levels” of Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm

So you see what I mean about the sinister quality taken on by the song Heading For The Last Roundup. If we accept the political propaganda, the corporate public relations puff and the lies and deceptions of the science whores and allow the handful of corporations involved in GM biotech to gain control of the world’s food supply, everyone except those who can afford organic is going to have a miserable quality of life, their days plagued by sickness and deformity, and die young.

Well I’m OK, the family owns enough land to feed all of us and it has lain fallow for some years. How about you?

All together now:

I’m heading for the last roundup
Gonna saddle old Paint for the last time and ride
So long, old pal, it’s time your tears were dried
I’m heading for the last roundup.

I’m heading for the last roundup
To the far away ranch of the Boss in the sky
Where the strays are counted and branded there go I
I’m heading for the last roundup

CHORUS:
Git along little dogie, git along, git along
Git along little dogie, git along, git along
Git along little dogie, git along, git along
Git along little dogie, git along, git along

Erm, shamefaced confession, fifty five years later I still don’t know what a dogie is.

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