You can fool some of the people some of the time. But if you’re poison-peddling Monsanto, it appears you can’t fool thinking humans once they’ve seen and heard the facts.
For the third time in nine months, a jury has concluded that Roundup weedkiller is to blame for causing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a potentially deadly form of cancer.
The victims this time? A husband and wife who believed Monsanto’s claims that Roundup was safe.
The outcome of this third trial? Monsanto’s parent company, Bayer, was ordered to pay the plaintiffs $2 billion ($1 billion each) in punitive and compensatory damages, and another $55 million in past and future medical bills.
U.S. Right to Know’s Carey Gillam walks you through this trial and what’s next in her latest article. (OCA is a major funder of U.S. Right to Know).
Read ‘Monsanto Ordered to Pay $2 Billion to Cancer Victims’
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Ban Monsanto-Bayer’s Cancer-Causing Roundup Weedkiller!
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A controversial drug allowed in meat production in the U.S.—but banned in 160 other countries—is in the news again. This time, it’s because the Trump administration, as part of a trade deal, is trying to force China to allow imports of U.S. pork raised with ractopamine.
If you buy industrially produced pork at a U.S. supermarket, it likely contains ractopamine—about 60 – 80 percent of industrial pork producers use the drug. If Trump forces China to allow imports of U.S. pork raised with ractopamine, that percentage could increase—and so will Elanco’s profits.
Don't bother looking for ractopamine on labels—pork producers aren’t required to tell you they use ractopamine.
How can consumers avoid buying pork or other meat contaminated with ractopamine? Buy from a trusted local farmer, or look for the American Grassfed Association (AGA) logo—AGA-certified meat prohibits the use of ractopamine.
Read 'Controversial Drug Ractopamine Is Back in the News—And Still in Your Food'
Have you ever looked for certified “USDA Organic” foie gras?
You won’t find it because force-feeding an animal for the purpose of enlarging its liver beyond normal size would violate the organic regulations.
Likewise, searches for “certified humane” foie gras will produce nothing—because there is no animal welfare standard that allows force-feeding.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently affirmed California’s ban on foie gras, a so-called “luxury” food made from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese who have been fattened through force-feeding.
It’s high time other states follow California’s lead and ban the inherently cruel practice of force-feeding birds!
TAKE ACTION: Ask your state lawmakers to ban this inhumanely produced food!
Take a minute to congratulate yourself.
You may not have personally sued Monsanto. And chances are you weren’t part of the legal team representing Monsanto’s victims in court these past few weeks.
But make no mistake: Your voice, raised frequently and relentlessly, helped build the case against Roundup weedkiller, and produced a third consecutive win against Monsanto-Bayer in U.S. courts.
Sure, the jury members in California who awarded $1 billion each to Alva and Alberta Pilliod based their decisions on the overwhelming evidence they heard in the courtroom. (The Pilliods, who both used Roundup weedkiller believing it was safe, both now have non-Hodgkin lymphoma).
But without consumer outrage, without your help elevating the discussion around the dangers of Roundup and glyphosate, these victims might never have had their day in court.
Despite the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s steadfast support for Monsanto’s right to poison, we are making progress toward our ultimate goal of banning Roundup for good.
A glyphosate ban is a worthy goal, and with your help we’ll continue to pursue it. But we need to work just as hard, if not harder, to pave the way for a total transition away from toxic industrial agriculture to a food and farming system that heals nature and nourishes humans.
We need your continued support. Thank you for being on this journey with us.
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Our video this week is 45-minutes long, but well worth the watch. It covers a wide range of Roundup- and glyphosate- related topics, including the lack of long-term testing.
France 24, a Paris-based international news network, interviews experts about the latest verdict against Monsanto-Bayer. You’ll hear from Carey Gillam, investigative journalist for U.S. Right to Know and author of “Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.”
You’ll also hear from François Veillerette, president of Générations Futures; Nina Holland, researcher and campaigner with Corporate Europe Observatory; and Kavin Senapathy, contributing editor at SciMoms.com.
You won’t hear from anyone at Monsanto or Bayer. They were invited. But declined to participate.
Watch ‘Ticking Time Bomb?’
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