Controversial chemical company Monsanto will be forced to pay a stunning $2 billion in damages after a California jury found their herbicide RoundUp had resulted in two plaintiffs being diagnosed with cancer.
Plaintiffs Alva and Alberta Pilliod claimed that they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma as the result of using RoundUp for decades, and the jury found their claims to be credible. There are over 13,000 of these types of lawsuits pending, and the precedent could pose a serious threat to the corporate giant.
The Alameda County Superior Court’s findings come in contradiction with declarations made by federal bureaucrats. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a statement claiming that glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, poses no public safety hazard.
“EPA has found no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said.
Bayer, which is now Monsanto’s parent company after a merger combined the two multinational corporations, is using the EPA’s statement to fight back against the judgment. They plan to file an appeal.
“Bayer is disappointed with the jury’s decision and will appeal the verdict in this case, which conflicts directly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s interim registration review decision released just last month,” the company said in a public statement.
“The consensus among leading health regulators worldwide that glyphosate-based products can be used safely and that glyphosate is not carcinogenic,” they added.
However, a report from an analysis conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2015 contradicts the EPA’s findings. The WHO report concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic in humans.”
Despite the WHO’s findings, the federal deep state remains firmly behind Monsanto and the proliferation of RoundUp. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also vouches for the multinational behemoth’s weed killer.
“If we are going to feed 10 billion people by 2050, we are going to need all the tools at our disposal, which includes the use the glyphosate,” Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a public statement.
The EPA has proposed rules that would “help farmers target pesticide sprays on the intended pest, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate.” With these rules, they hope to facilitate the use of RoundUp even further throughout the U.S.
A San Francisco jury issued an $80 million award to another man who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in March after the jury determined glyphosate was the cause.
Over 50 U.S. cities and counties have banned glyphosate citing its health risks, and these high-profile rulings may prompt more communities to do the same.
SMART: Elon Musk Says He and His Family Will Reject COVID-19 Vaccine Once It is Available
Musk doesn’t trust Big Pharma.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is planning to reject the COVID-19 vaccine, even after Big Pharma inevitably claims that it will be safe for public consumption.
Musk is catching fire from the liberal elite after telling the New York Times that he is “not at risk for COVID, nor are my kids.”
“I think the reality of COVID is that it is dangerous if you’re elderly and have pre-existing conditions,” he said to the Times in July. “It absolutely makes sense to have a lockdown if you’re vulnerable, but I do not think it makes sense to have a lockdown if you’re not vulnerable.”
Musk has emerged as a prominent opponent of COVID-19 mass hysteria throughout the pandemic:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 6, 2020
Kids are essentially immune, but elderly with existing conditions are vulnerable. Family gatherings with close contact between kids & grandparents probably most risky.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 19, 2020
Well said! Please run for office. The politicians & unelected bureaucrats who stole our liberty should be tarred, feathered & thrown out of town!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2020
Big League Politics has reported on the surprising transformation of Musk throughout the Trump era, in which the environmentally-minded futurist has re-invented himself as a populist critic of political correctness and extreme leftism:
As of this afternoon, the universally loathed and distrusted mainstream media has another high profile critic.
“The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them,” Musk tweeted…
He went further, blaming the press for stoking the fire that led to the election of President Donald J. Trump.
“Anytime anyone criticizes the media, the media shrieks “You’re just like Trump!,” he said. “Why do you think he got elected in the first place? Because no ones believes you any more. You lost your credibility a long time ago.” …
Musk was replying to a tweet from Andrew J. Hawkins, a writer at The Verge, which is owned by anti-Trump rag Vox.
He then floated the idea of launching a media credibility site…
“Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication,” he said. “Thinking of calling it Pravda…”
Musk may just be crazy enough to do it. He ran a Twitter poll asking his followers if they thought his site would be a good idea. After nearly 280,000 votes, 87% of voters are in favor of the plan…
“If you’re in media & don’t want Pravda to exist, write an article telling your readers to vote against it…” he wrote, referring to his poll.
Most likely, such a site would end up having little value, as ratings would be based on subjective opinions of news consumers. The political left will down vote the political right, and vice versa.
With that said, we admire Musk’s strong blow to the mainstream press.
Whether Musk’s newfound embrace of populism is an act or is authentic, he certainly knows which way the wind is blowing. The public is sick of the status quo and responds positively to powerful individuals who push back against it.
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