Wisner case study

The father of three and former school groundskeeper, who doctors say may have just months to live, is the first person to take Monsanto to trial over allegations that the chemical sold under the Roundup brand is linked to cancer. Thousands have made similar legal claims across the US. Roundup products are registered in countries and approved for use on more than crops, and glyphosate has been found in fooda variety of water sources, and the urine of agricultural workers and others. A number of countries have policies banning or restricting the sale and use of glyphosate.

Wisner case study

A jury is hearing the case brought by Dewayne Johnson, a year-old father of two. Diagnosed in with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that affects white blood cells, Johnson used a Monsanto generic version of Roundup called "Ranger Pro" repeatedly in his job at a school in Benicia, California, after being promoted to groundskeeper in In his opening statement, Wisner said Monsanto opted against warning consumers of the risks and that instead "they have fought science" by playing down the suspected link between the chemical herbicide and cancer.

The case in California Superior Court is the first trial in which Roundup is said to have caused cancer, a claim repeatedly denied by the chemical company.

If Monsanto loses, the case could open the door to hundreds of additional lawsuits against the company recently acquired by German-based pharmaceutical and chemical group Bayer.

Wisner case study

Wisner contended glyphosate combined with an ingredient intended to help it spread over leaves in a cancer-causing "synergy. Monsanto has always denied any link with the disease and says studies have concluded the product is safe. We all do and we all should have great sympathy for what he is going through," Monsanto defense attorney George Lombardi said during opening remarks in court.

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Both sides at what is expected to be a month-long trial promised experts would testify to back their positions, and criticized what they saw as flaws in studies relied on by the other side. Kennedy Jr -- an environmental lawyer, son of the late US senator, and a member of Johnson's legal team -- sat in the front row of the courtroom gallery.

Kennedy said his law firm has clients "in the pipeline" with Roundup cancer cases. Monsanto was one of the companies which produced the defoliant "Agent Orange," which has been linked to cancer and other diseases, for use by US forces in Vietnam.

Wisner case study

It denies responsibility for how the military used it. Monsanto's flagship herbicide Roundup was launched in The company soon thereafter began genetically modifying plants, making some resistant to Roundup. Inthe International Agency for Research on Cancer -- a World Health Organization body -- classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic," and as a result the state of California listed it as carcinogenic.

But European food safety and chemicals agencies have so far not followed suit, while a US Department of Health study suggested its toxicity is limited.Premium Subscription.

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