There is likely no simpler example of corporate corruption culture than the story of Monsanto; everyone’s least favorite agricultural company.
Monsanto has become famous, nay, infamous, for their ridiculously immoral business tactics and their self-purported ownership of American plants. Farmers who would once cultivate their own plants, year after year for both quality and cost’s sake, are now forced to buy new seeds every single planting season thanks to Monsanto’s genetic engineering and their gang of intimidating enforcers.
Furthermore, Monsanto has been largely pointed at in conjunction with Colony Collapse Disorder: A mass die off of pollinating bees likely due to the pesticides contained within Monsanto’s genetically modified crops.
To make matters even worse, (somehow), Monsanto’s number one product, the weedkiller “RoundUp”, has been found to contain a carcinogen known as glyphosate. Now, the agricultural leviathan if finally being forced to pay up for this faux pas, to the tune of several million dollars.
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A former school groundskeeper was awarded $289 million by a jury Friday in a lawsuit he filed against agricultural giant Monsanto because he says the company’s herbicide Roundup gave him cancer.
Monsanto will appeal the San Francisco jury’s decision, but the case of groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, 46, may set precedent as the “first case filed by a cancer patient against the agribusiness giant to reach trial,” reported the Associated Press. Johnson’s case was expedited because his attorneys argued that Johnson is dying of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that Johnson says was caused by Roundup.
A California Superior Court jury sided with Johnson and “agreed that Roundup contributed to Johnson’s cancer and Monsanto should have provided a label warning of the potential health hazard,” reported the AP.
“We are sympathetic to Mr. Johnson and his family,” Monsanto spokesman Scott Partridge said, according to the AP. “We will appeal this decision and continue to vigorously defend this product, which has a 40-year history of safe use and continues to be a vital, effective, and safe tool for farmers and others.”
This is only the first chink in the armor for Monsanto, who received merged with pharmaceutical giant Bayer in a move that money have chastised for its obvious future concerns.