Puerto Rico’s fertile land is a crop and pesticide poison test site for Monsanto, and many locals near the company’s seed sites complain of illness. The governor of Puerto Rico said that the transnational companies account for 42% to 46% of the economy, although Monsanto/ Bayer receives a 90% tax exemption.
Lawyers for Johnson claim that Monsanto was aware of the dangers of its product, but covered it up through a campaign of misinformation and attacks on studies that revealed the danger. Johnson’s case was the first to directly connect Roundup with deadly cancer. Bayer, which acquired Roundup, faces about 8,000 more lawsuits.
Internal emails from the FDA show that their chemist found glyphosate weed killer, a “probable carcinogen”, in every food sample that he tested, except broccoli. Separately, another FDA chemist found that corn contained 6.5 ppm glyphosate, while the legal limit is 5 ppm. A trial is set for June 18 in San Francisco that pits more than 300 farmers, landscapers and gardeners against Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, claiming that exposure to glyphosate in the product caused non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Spraying of the weed killer resulted in the poison drifting to neighboring fields and killing natural crops that are not genetically modified to resist Dicamba. Farmers in 25 states submitted more than 2,700 claims to state agricultural agencies against Dicamba for destroying 3.6 million acres of soybeans.