American farmers are among many who are part of a class action suit against Monsanto, alleging that the company did not warn [customers] that its glyphosate-based weed killer can greatly increase the risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In San Francisco Federal Court, on Tuesday, Monsanto emails were made public. In these emails, Monsanto executives actually discuss their part in ghostwriting research papers on Roundup the company’s biggest product. The study was signed off by scientists, and published in a paper released in 2000 and one released in 2013.
The documents were unsealed by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, and includes not only Monsanto’s internal emails as well as also emails between the company and federal regulators.
In one of these emails, Dr. William Heydens, a Monsanto scientist, mentioned he could write the report in 2013. In his email, from 2000, Hedens wrote, “We would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit & sign their names so to speak.
Roundup argues, in a blog post, “Plaintiffs’ attorneys have cherry picked a single email out of more than 10 million pages of documents produced to allege that Monsanto scientists ghostwrote [the report].”
Jess Rowland is an EPA official in charge of evaluating whether or not glyphosate which is the main ingredient in the Roundup weed killer can cause cancer. She relies on these reports, of course, to reach the decision that glyphosate does not need to be classified as a carcinogen.
With this information coming to light, of course, the plaintiffs argue that Monsanto should have warned them their customers of the potential risk associated with using the glyphosate-based weed killer.
Indeed, Monstanto argues, in a statement, “The allegation that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans is inconsistent with decades of comprehensive safety reviews by the leading regulatory authorities around the world.
Furthermore, Monsanto attorney Trenton Norris commented, in January, that forcing the company to label the product will certainly have immediate negative financial consequences. Norris attests, most certainly, hat many customers will stop buying Monsanto weed killer once they see this label.
He argues, It will absolutely be used in ways that will harm Monsanto.
Of course, it doesn’t really matter how Monsanto feels about it; the ruling is a means to protect consumers.