Monsanto to appeal $289 million verdict that Roundup caused man's cancer

12 August, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Billie Castillo
  • Jury backs man who claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer

Monsanto will appeal the verdict and has insisted the product is safe.

But a spokesperson for Homebase said it would be reviewing its product range after the ruling in California.

A spokesperson for the company said: "We have confirmed that we will be reviewing our range of weedkiller products".

In a landmark verdict, a jury in the USA has ruled that Monsanto's Roundup and other glyphosate-based weedkillers are linked to cancer, and directed the agro-giant to pay $289 million in damages to a school groundskeeper who developed the disease.

Jurors found on Friday that Monsanto had acted with "malice" and that its weed killers contributed "substantially" to Mr Johnson's terminal illness.

Dewayne Johnson (centre) was awarded £226m in damages from Monsanto. Monsanto would be appealing against the jury's verdict, he added. "Dozens of the suits were joined to be heard in the court of U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria - who, even as he allowed the case to proceed, said the plaintiffs "appear to face a daunting challenge" in supporting their claims at the next phase of the case". "The science is crystal clear".

Paul Pogba Named Manchester United Captain - Starting XI V Leicester Confirmed
Maddison had a strong season in the Championship with Norwich but will be making his Premier League debut on Friday. Pogba scored for France in July's World Cup final and will hope to transfer his worldwide success to United.

It is the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging a glyphosate link to cancer.

The scientific world, however, has raised doubts about glyphosate. There is no consensus globally on banning the weedkillers using glyphosate.In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organisation's cancer agency, concluded that glyphosate-based weedkiller was "probably carcinogenic to humans".

Campaigners are now calling for a review of pesticide regulations in the United Kingdom after the case, saying that glyphosate poses a risk to public health, soils and the environment.

It contains glyphosate, a herbicide that has been the subject of huge controversy in the European Union where several countries have attempted to bring in a bloc-wide ban, despite the opposition of farmers. There are also thousands of other cases focusing on Roundup pending. European safety regulators have come to an opposite conclusion to that of the World Health Organization, determining that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.

Former South Otago organic farmer Graham Clarke welcomed the judgment, calling it a "fantastic result" but said "it won't be the end of it of course". We don't think the opinion of a Californian jury should change that. The use of glyphosate on HT Bt cottonseeds cotton crop kills the weeds, while allowing the resistant plants to grow. On my land right now, I'm spraying it today.

Environmentalists in India have forcefully argued that the indiscriminate use of glyphosate poses a grave challenge in India, where the regulatory framework on herbicide and pesticide overuse/misuse is weak. For example, calculated that people would have to eat over 35 kilograms of agricultural products containing glyphosate a day just to reach the strictest safety limits. "We offer alternatives to glyphosates, and we are now undertaking a broader review of all our garden products". On the stand, he described what he called his careful use of the product.


  • Taliban launches attack in Afghanistan; U.S. forces respond

    Taliban launches attack in Afghanistan; U.S. forces respond

    The attack followed a similar assault on Farah in May, when fighters came close to overrunning the city in western Afghanistan . United States forces responded with attack helicopters and a drone strike, according to US Forces Afghanistan spokesman Lt.
    Argentina Senate rejects voluntary abortion law

    Argentina Senate rejects voluntary abortion law

    The proposed legislation would have allowed abortions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy for women and girls as young as 13. Last June, Pope Francis-who is Argentinian-compared the practice of abortion to Nazi eugenics and ethnic cleansing.
    Turkey shaken by financial fears, Trump rattles it further

    Turkey shaken by financial fears, Trump rattles it further

    A Russian government statement said the two discussed economic and trade ties, including the success of several joint projects. TURKS have been hitting bureau de changes, after being ordered to sell their gold and dollars to support the crumbling Lira .
  • Woakes and Bairstow grind India into the Lord's dirt as England dominate

    Woakes and Bairstow grind India into the Lord's dirt as England dominate

    Pujara and Kohli were involved in a run out which led to Pujara's wicket and turned the match in England's favour. While left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin may play a key role to trap Englishmen.
    Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis - August 8

    Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis - August 8

    The price of the coin has gone down from its recent high of $8,4000, but what is more concerning is the loss of volume. Bitcoin has been on a downtrend trajectory since past couple of weeks and is now trading at around $7,000.
    Two Infected With West Nile Virus In First Cases Of 2018

    Two Infected With West Nile Virus In First Cases Of 2018

    Symptoms include high fever, convulsions and muscle weakness, and the illness can put someone in a comatose state. Prior to this year, CT has seen 134 cases with three fatalities, the DPH said.
  • Smoke From Holy Fire Continues to Blanket the Victor Valley

    Smoke From Holy Fire Continues to Blanket the Victor Valley

    Forest Service officials said Thursday they "expect favorable weather conditions this weekend" to help the firefighting effort. Forrest Clark made several outbursts in his first court appearance on Friday, after refusing to leave his cell the day prior.
    Second round of the PGA Championship to continue Saturday

    Second round of the PGA Championship to continue Saturday

    Those birdies after his big blunder stood out to Finau, one of only 11 players to make the cut in all four majors this year. Woodland had a four-under 66 and set the PGA Championship record with a 36-hole score of 130.
    Pique and Sergi Roberto named as new Barcelona captains

    Pique and Sergi Roberto named as new Barcelona captains

    Legitimising Barca's claim to nurturing talent over heavy expenditure, all four players are graduates of the famed La Masia . Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi will replace Andres Iniesta as the club's captain for the new season.
  • Frank Lampard reveals why Leeds United beat Derby in Championship demolition job

    Frank Lampard reveals why Leeds United beat Derby in Championship demolition job

    It could have been more such was Leeds' control of a game against one of the teams expected to challenge for promotion. Mount had a shot saved at the other end, but United remained largely in control to see out an impressive success.
    Mourinho: Wait to see if Man Utd can contend

    Mourinho: Wait to see if Man Utd can contend

    Midfielder Fred arrived for big money but he was the only major new signing as Mourinho's appeals for fresh defensive blood went unheeded.
    House of Fraser bought by Mike Ashley's Sports Direct

    House of Fraser bought by Mike Ashley's Sports Direct

    However, the chain announced earlier today that it was calling in the administrators in a further bid to try and save the company. House of Fraser, meanwhile, assured that its offices and stores will continue operating while they attempt to reach a deal.


Trump Calls Omarosa a ‘Lowlife’ in Response to Book Claims
While she doesn't provide direct evidence, she cites three unnamed sources who attest to the existence of the tape. The White House responded by slamming the book and its author and chastising the press for writing about it.

Three things Manchester United learned in win over Leicester City
But he just lifts it over [Leicester goalkeeper] Kasper Schmeichel and when you do that in the upper part of the net keepers never get them".

Are Tighty-Whities Bad for a Man’s Sperm Count?
Men fond of wearing tight underwear who are now trying to conceive a child might want to think again following a new study . A number of small-scale studies previously have linked tighter underwear to lower sperm counts , Chavarro said.

Look up for the Perseid meteor shower this weekend
The meteor shower will peak overnight into Monday, with 70 meteors visible each hour, according to the Royal Astronomical Society. Locally, Natural Bridge is offering an opportunity to watch the meteor shower between 8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Pogba leads Manchester United to winning Premier League start
Mourinho and Man United kick off their 2018/19 Premier League campaign at home to Leicester City on Friday night. We knew it was going to be hard because some of us, including myself, didn't have any pre-season games.

Thomas Bjorn withdraws from PGA Championship with back injury
Woods, who missed all of last season while rivals scored points, has jumped to 20th on the Cup qualifying list with only the PGA remaining before the top eight players qualify.

Gal Gadot makes her Disney debut in 'Wreck-It Ralph 2'
Featuring Gal Gadot as the voice of Shank, Ralph Breaks the Internet opens in US theaters on November 21, 2018 . Now that we know who Gal Gadot is, we get to see what her video game Slaughter Race looks like.

Rains, landslides kill 24, displace thousands in India's Kerala state
A red alert has been sounded ahead of the impending release of water from the Idukki Reservoir, the largest arch dam in Asia. The shutters of the Kuttiyadi dam in Kozhikode district has been opened considering the increase in water level.

Chelsea defender Zouma inks Everton loan
It might be hard for him to get regular playing time at Chelsea this season, so sending him out on loan makes sense. Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma appears to be closing in on a loan switch to Everton .

Google Makes Embarrassing Error Following Fortnite Android Release
Malware can also come bundled with the actual official Android version of the game downloaded from an unofficial third-party. In response, Google has a new warning on the Play Store letting gamers know that Fortnite is not available.