#Monsanto is unhappy over a recent California ruling that could allow state regulators to add glyphosate, the principal ingredient in the Big Ag giant’s Roundup weed killer, to the state’s list of carcinogenic chemicals. Judge Kristi Culver Kapetan of the Fresno County Superior Court issued a tentative ruling against Monsanto in the company’s bid to keep glyphosate off that list. The judge said the formal ruling would be forthcoming soon. Once issued, California can not only add the chemical to its list of carcinogens, but it can add warning labels to Monsanto’s products. It would be the first state to do so.
Safety and environmental advocates hailed the tentative ruling as a victory, as did the plaintiff’s lawyers and the many individuals who assert that Roundup exposure is the cause of their cancers. As one such person, John Barton, a farmer in Bakersfield who has non-Hodgkin lymphoma, said, “I don’t want anyone to go through what I have gone through.” California’s supporters included Arturo S. Rodriguez, the president of United Farm Workers of America, “the nation’s first and most successful farm workers union,” which was founded in 1962 by Cesar Chavez. Also present was lawyer and environmentalist, #RobertKennedyJr., who made a statement in a press conference following the hearing.
Source: Legal Reader