Portland, Maine has banned the use of pesticides, herbicides and weed killers like Round Up, made by Monsanto. It joins other communities who have either banned the use of glyphosate and other lawn chemicals or severely restricted it.
With mounting evidence of its cancer-causing effects – something that we in the environmental movement have suspected for a long time – many municipalities are taking notice. California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York and Oregon have already instituted restrictions or outlawed use altogether.
The high-profile cancer lawsuit against Monsanto – now owned by Bayer – has attracted much attention, and for good reason. 11,200 lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto but the most recent unanimous ruling in the Edwin Hardeman case will go into its second phase. Judge Vince Chhabria presided over the case in which jurors found Monsanto’s Round-Up to be the contributing factor in Mr. Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Prior to the trial, the Agricultural Health Study (AHS) conducted various studies to find the risk of exposure. Environmental toxicologists determined that exposure to glyphosate contributes to an increased chance of developing NHL (non-Hodgkins-Lymphoma)
The trial of Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper suffering from terminal cancer, received a unanimous ruling back in August, declaring that Round-Up was a contributing factor in his Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Needless to say, the recent court decisions, along with the recent bans on pesticides and herbicides – have brought this fight to the forefront. Hopefully, more people will realize that the use of these chemicals is not safe – something that millions of us have realized for many years.
PLEASE! Put down that container of Round-Up.
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