Three farmers and an agronomist from Nebraska are bringing Monsanto to court after they were each diagnosed with having cancer. The doctors have filed a lawsuit against the biotech company, and they allege that Monsanto purposefully mislead the public about the dangers of their products. The group says that they believe that they developed cancer because of their repeated use of Roundup; specifically their exposure to glyphosate.
All of the men have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. They argue that their illness is a direct result of working with the Roundup for many years. The lawsuit alleges that Monsanto “concealed or systematically sought to discredit” any negative research about its products. Even though they say that they were told Roundup was safe, the reality of the danger surrounding that product has surfaced to where the World Health Organization (WHO)'s International Agency Research on Cancer (IARC) has even gone so far as to classify it as “probably carcinogenic” to humans. Monsanto has gotten upset over unfavorable classifications of its products, to the point that they even tried to sue California for having listed a particular herbicide ingredient as a carcinogen.
Despite the growing discontent for Monsanto and its products worldwide, there will always remain those who are adamant about supporting Monsanto and the idea of biotechnology in farming. Recently the European Food Safety Authority discounted the worry about glyphosate and they concluded that it was “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard” to any humans. The four Nebraskans brought the lawsuit forward against Monsanto and filed in U.S. District Court in Lincoln. “Monsanto championed falsified data and has attacked legitimate studies that revealed Roundup's dangers. Monsanto led a campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup is safe. Its continuing denial extends to the date of this Complaint,” the lawsuit alleges.
Monsanto has always maintained that any criticism against it and its products, doesn't fall in-line with the collective, conventional way of thinking, in that the “scientific community” hasn't yet collectively agreed that the allegations are true. We've seen this same defense used before in regards to other controversial topics, that something isn't true until the collective says that it's true, but we should keep in mind that conventional wisdom can and often has been quite wrong.
When it comes to Monsanto and other companies like it, many consumers have been looking to use force and get the government involved in order to protect them from what they believe are bad or harmful products. They want to get the government to force these companies to label their products a certain way, but there are other solutions; options that don't require any force. We vote with our dollars and every dollar the consumer spends in the market is a vote for what they support or want to see more of. Consumers then have the voluntary choice to go for non-gmo verified and organic food options, over the controversial gmo ones that they are concerned about. This is why many stores, even Walmart, are starting to incorporate many more organic options onto their shelves; because it's what the people want.
Despite the claims that there is nothing to worry about over gmos, the reality remains that some consumers just don't want to be a part of the GMO experiment with their bodies. And they have the choice to opt out and go with other food options and technology makes it very easy now for consumers to find good products in the market. And regardless of the ongoing PR rhetoric from Monsanto, the anti-gmo grassroots movement is still going strong, having produced events like the global and annual March Against Monsanto. That event is scheduled to take place on March 21st this year and Dan Dicks is expected to be down to cover the event in Vancouver.
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