California jury rules $2 billion verdict against weedkiller Roundup

A California jury made an unprecedented $2.055 billion ruling in favor of a married couple who claimed a pesticide made by agrichemical company formerly known as Monsanto caused their cancer. Alva and Alberta Pilliod filed the case on Aug. 14, 2017, against Monsanto alleging the repeated use of the pesticide Roundup and its key ingredient glyphosate since the 1970s caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The Livermore, Calif. couple were awarded $1 billion each in punitive damages and $55,206,000 in compensatory damages, the Associated Press reported.

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Scientists Found Worrisome New Evidence About RoundUp and Cancer | Mother Jones

The debate continues on whether glyphosate, one of the most commonly used herbicides and key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, causes cancer. A trial in San Francisco held closing arguments on March 12 in a case against Bayer, the company who purchased Monsanto. The jury ruled Tuesday that glyphosate weedkiller, sold as RoundUp, caused cancer. The next phase of the trial will gauge Monsanto's, now owned by Bayer, liability. Meanwhile, Bayer's stock dropped after this week's court ruling.

Plan for 20,000-hog facility sparks revolt in western Illinois | Chicago Tribune

Efforts like this one have largely failed during the past two decades as pork producers constructed more than 900 new swine confinements across Illinois, often brushing aside farm families’ concerns about sickening odors, road damage, depletion of wells and fouling of creeks. But this network of farmsteads set amid rolling hills has become the newest battleground where small-town residents are trying to fend off a leading U.S. pork producer