U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said evidence against the former Monsanto Co, which Bayer bought last year, supported the $5.27 million in compensatory damages that a jury awarded Edwin Hardeman. He also said the jury acted reasonably in awarding punitive damages.
Agriculture conglomerate Monsanto has started contacting journalists, politicians and activists it was keeping tabs on and documenting via “watch lists," its parent company Bayer announced this week.
After three huge damage awards by Bay Area juries to cancer victims exposed to Monsanto Co. herbicides, a judge has partially granted the company's request to move the next group of federal trials out of California.
Honey bees exposed to levels of glyphosate commonly found in the environment had decreased amounts of microbiota in their gut—which leaves them prone to early death, according to a study released today.
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The colored markings were used to track individual bees during the study. (Credit: Vivian Abagiu, The University of Texas at Austin)<p>It was previously thought that glyphosate was harmless to bees since it targets an enzyme usually found only in plants and microorganisms—however, bee gut bacteria contain that same enzyme, Moran said. "It's true the bee itself has no molecular targets from glyphosate but its gut bacteria do have targets," she said. "It's similar to humans taking antibiotics where there can be trouble if you upset the normal microbiota."</p><p>She said honey bees are relatives to bumble bees and share similar gut microbiota. So, glyphosate is bad for bumble bees as well. </p><p>The experiment is concerning as the value of insect pollination to U.S. farming is about $16 billion a year, and honey bee colonies — and pollinators in general — are in trouble. </p><p>A third of our food relies on pollinators, and while honey bees are one of many species that pollinate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates about a <a href="https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43191.pdf" target="_blank">30 percent overwinter colony loss annually</a> for honey bees over the past decade.</p><p>Over the past year, the Bee Informed Partnership, a nonprofit working with beekeepers, research labs and universities to better understand honey bee declines in the U.S., estimated <a href="https://beeinformed.org/results/honey-bee-colony-losses-2017-2018-preliminary-results/" target="_blank">beekeepers lost 40 percent</a> of their managed colonies. </p><p>The culprits for the colony collapses are unclear: Researchers have previously pointed to diseases, parasites, habitat loss, pesticides, and a combination of all of these stressors.</p>
Latest Monsanto woe<p>Glyphosate is the world's most heavily used herbicide. More than 3.5 billion pounds have been applied in the U.S. alone over the past four decades—two-thirds of which were applied over the past decade, <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5044953/" target="_blank">according to a 2016 study</a>. </p><p>Moran said the new study isn't enough evidence to say if glyphosate is having population level impacts on the honey bees, "but there really is a lot of [glyphosate] in both agricultural and urban areas," she said. </p><p>"At the moment, there are no guidelines that you should avoid spraying glyphosate on or near bees, since it's considered completely innocuous," she added. </p><p>The study is the latest blow to Monsanto's popular weedkiller. The company was ordered to pay a $289 million award last month to a former groundskeeper with terminal cancer who said Roundup exposure gave him the illness. The company is now fighting that ruling. </p><p>However, the agribusiness is facing an estimated 8,000 similar lawsuits. </p>
Carey Gillam and Nathan Donley: A story behind the Monsanto cancer trial — journal sits on retraction
Consumers and journalists around the world were stunned earlier this month when Monsanto, after being forced in a court of law for the first time to defend the safety of its popular weed killer Roundup, was found liable for the terminal cancer of California groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson.
No action has been taken<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="41349f2a2473753aa9b38d36b1a59d5c"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z57cAYnhbWA?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>How many ghostwritten papers declaring pesticide safety are littering the scientific literature? And given the evidence of misconduct in this instance, why are these papers still in publication? Why has there been no retraction, no clarification, no correction to the obviously deceptive disclosure?</p><p>Last August, after the documents gained media attention <em>CRT</em> editor <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-09/monsanto-was-its-own-ghostwriter-for-some-safety-reviews" target="_blank">Roger McClellan said</a> the "serious accusations" deserved "careful investigation," and he and <em>CRT</em> publisher Taylor & Francis would take "appropriate action." </p><p>Shortly thereafter the Center for Biological Diversity and three other national environmental-health organizations <a href="https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/pesticides_reduction/pdfs/Retraction_letter_to_Critical_Reviews_in_Toxicology.pdf" target="_blank">sent a letter</a> to <em>CRT </em>and Taylor & Francis detailing the ethical misconduct and formally asking for a retraction. It's been more than a year since this investigation was begun and, despite multiple follow-up requests by the organizations, no action has been taken. </p><p>With Taylor & Francis's own <a href="https://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Author-services-correction-policy.pdf" target="_blank">policy</a> being to issue a retraction for misconduct "when there has been an infringement of publishing ethics," the case for retraction couldn't be more clear.</p><p>Monsanto's fingerprints are all over this "independent" review, as laid out in Monsanto's own internal documents. </p><p>Taylor & Francis must determine the standards to which it is willing to hold scientists who publish in its journals – if not for the reputation of the journals themselves, then for the sake of scientific integrity itself and the public's right to the truth. </p><p><em>Carey Gillam is a </em><a href="http://careygillam.com/" target="_blank"><em>journalist and author</em></a><em>, and a public interest researcher for </em><a href="https://usrtk.org/" target="_blank"><em>US Right to Know</em></a><em>, a non-profit food industry research group</em></p><p><em>Nathan Donley, Ph.D, is a former cancer researcher who now works as senior scientist in the </em><a href="https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/" target="_blank"><em>Center for Biological Diversity's</em></a><em> environmental health program.</em></p>
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