Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
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First Monsanto Cancer Trial Begins

First Monsanto Cancer Trial Begins

Johnson sprayed Roundup and a similar product, Ranger Pro, at his job as a pest control manager at a San Francisco Bay Area school district, according to his attorneys.

Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old father of two, says he is sick because of contact with Roundup, the top-selling weed killer made by the USA company.

"Moving forward, we will continue to defend these lawsuits with robust evidence that proves there is absolutely no connection between glyphosate and cancer", Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said in a statement.

"The single most relevant study, best study, study of human beings who, like Mr. Johnson, are licensed pesticide applicators concluded glyphosate is not associated with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Mr. Johnson's cancer", said Lombardi.

There was "at least a strong argument that the only reasonable conclusion one could draw right now is that we don't yet know" whether the herbicide is causing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, he said.

There have been conflicting scientific findings on whether glyphosate caused cancer or not.

The trial was expedited due to Johnson's poor health, who will likely spend the last days of his life in a court room.

The stakes are high for Monsanto, which could reportedly face massive losses should a jury order it to pay out damages over the product.

Monsanto developed glyphosate in the 1970s, and the weed killer is now sold in more than 160 countries. Farmers in California have been using the weed killer on more than 200 types of crops.

In 2015, the World Health Organization, however, classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans. Homeowners, meanwhile, used Monsanto Roundup on their lawns and gardens.

A flurry of lawsuits against Monsanto in federal and state courts followed, and California added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

The judge wanted to determine whether the science behind the claim that glyphosate can cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma had been properly tested and met other requirements to be considered valid. The agency noted that scientific studies from other countries concluded the same.

Another federal judge presiding over hundreds of lawsuits like Johnson's is deciding whether the claim that Roundup weed killer can cause cancer is supported by good science.

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