Last week we heard how the jury determined that Glyphosate was a major factor in the cause of Cancer in a retired Californian farmer.
Hardeman, 70, sprayed more than 6,000 gallons of Roundup in his lifetime, according to his lawyer, he used the toxic formula on his large plot of land in Sonoma County, California, about 60 miles north of San Francisco.
Today a jury has ordered that Hardeman should be awarded $80 Million in damages, Monsanto and their new owners Bayer are of course appealing the verdict.
The law firm representing Hardeman said in a statement,
“It is clear from Monsanto’s actions that it does not care whether Roundup causes cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about Roundup. Today, the jury resoundingly held Monsanto accountable for its 40 years of corporate malfeasance and sent a message to Monsanto that it needs to change the way it does business” [source]
Bayer have responded to the verdict in a statement:
“We are disappointed with the jury’s decision, but this verdict does not change the weight of over four decades of extensive science and the conclusions of regulators worldwide that support the safety of our glyphosate-based herbicides and that they are not carcinogenic.”[source]