In Australia, controversy over glyphosate is growing and the first lawsuit against Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in June 2018, has been filed.
Michael Ogalirolo, a former landscaper, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup, in Ogalirolo’s case regularly for more than two decades. 60mins interview with DeWayne “Lee” Johnson, showed a former school groundskeeper was awarded $78 million in damages after a jury ruled Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup caused his terminal cancer. As of July 2019 there are now 18,400 U.S. lawsuits from individuals alleging that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, caused them to develop cancer.
"The defendant knew or ought to have known that the use of Roundup products were dangerous for the plaintiff ... in particular causing DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells, cancer, kidney disease, infertility and nerve damage among other devastating illnesses …As such, Roundup products are dangerous to human health and unfit to be marketed and sold in commerce, particularly without proper warnings and directions.”
In the U.S., two proposed class-action lawsuits have even been filed against Home Depot and Lowe’s, alleging that the retail outlets did not do their duty to warn consumers about cancer and exposure risks when using glyphosate-based products.
Retailers are given a safety data sheet (SDS) regarding glyphosate, which states that exposure can occur via inhalation or skin contact. The packaging for Roundup does not warn users to wear protective clothing or respirators when using the product, and in order to get such safety data, it must be downloaded from the internet, something most users are probably not going to do.
Worldwide, more than 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction in the next few decades. Overall, the total mass of insects is said to be falling by a “shocking” 2.5% a year. If this rate continues unchecked, insects could disappear within 100 years. The rate of cancer in dogs has risen dramatically in recent decades - now the mammal with the highest rate of cancer which is also said to be likely due to exposure to environmental toxins. Infertility rates in humans has also risen dramatically - biochemists and health experts understand this to be due to exposure to toxins.
Researchers cited compelling evidence that agricultural/horticultural intensification and pollution from synthetic pesticides and herbicides are the main drivers of population declines in birds, small mammals and insects. As usage of glyphosate has skyrocketed, for instance, milkweed, which is the only plant on which the adult monarch will lay its eggs, has plummeted. In 2013, it was estimated that just 1% of the common milkweed present in 1999 remained in corn and soybean fields and, tragically, while milkweed is not harmed by many alternative herbicides, it is easily killed by glyphosate. A 2017 study published in the journal Ecography further noted a strong connection between large-scale Monarch deaths and glyphosate application.
According to Germany’s environment minister Svenja Schulze, “a world without insects is not worth living in,” adding, “What harms insects also harms people. What we need is more humming and buzzing.” In the first phase of the German ban, starting in 2020, glyphosate will be prohibited in city parks and private gardens. An increasing number of other countries - not including New Zealand -are also concerned about glyphosate’s toxicity and have imposed bans, restricted usage or made plans to do so. Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Vancouver Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Malta and Netherlands.
There are those that are going mad over politically correct “climate change” (& Government’s older description - now past its used-by date “global warming”! ) even though practically all projected predictions over the last 3 decades have not come true - meanwhile this actual environmental disaster, right under our noses that is actually going on now, affecting every family and pet - and is doing real damage to all living things in its path with real predicted consequences- is stoppable almost immediately and most people are completely ignoring this!