The chemical giant Monsanto has been ordered by a court to pay damages after it’s roundup was found to cause cancer in at least one individual, Dewayne Johnson. Johnson is the first person to actually go to court with Monsanto alleging that glyphosate causes cancer. This could set a precedent for the other 5,000 cases that Monsanto has pending against them.
After three days of deliberation in a California court, the jury decided that Monsanto had failed to warn consumers of the cancer risks of repeatedly using their Roundup products.
Monsanto in a statement said it would appeal the verdict.
‘Today’s decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews…support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer.’
Johnson’s case was fast-tracked for trial due to the severity of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Johnson says that he likely won’t live past 2020.