The nearly 18,000 cancer victims suing Monsanto in the U.S. aren’t alone. Farmers worldwide are taking to the courts to hold Monsanto and its parent company, Bayer, accountable for concealing the truth about the potential dangers associated with its flagship weedkiller, Roundup.
The Australian version of the popular news program, “60 Minutes,” earlier this month ran a segment about Michael Ogolirolo, an Australian landscaper who says exposure to Roundup caused his leukemia.
The reporter interviewed Brent Wisner, the attorney who represented Dewayne Johnson, in the first Roundup trial in the U.S. Wisner said that with Roundup, we are right now at the “exact same moment” we were decades ago with cigarettes:
“Forty years from now we’re going to look back at this time and say, ‘what fools we were, of course it [Roundup] causes cancer.’”
Wisner also told “60 Minutes” that Bayer is “just lying” when the company continues to claim that Roundup is “completely safe.”
“We have their own studies that they themselves conducted that show when you expose animals or humans to this, you see genetic damage, you see lymphoma.”
Meanwhile, back in the good old U.S. of A., Bayer is desperately trying to block the next Roundup lawsuit, originally set to take place in the Biotech Bully’s backyard, St. Louis, Mo.