ByClaire Hettinger / The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
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.
A new bill , H.R. 1783: Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act of 2019, has been introduced to set a tolerance for glyphosate residue on oats, prohibit the use of glyphosate on oats before harvest and require annual testing of the pesticide on foods most likely consumed by infants and children.
On August 10, a San Francisco court ordered the agribusiness company Monsanto to pay nearly $290 million in damages to a California man who alleges his cancer was caused by Roundup, the company’s most widely used herbicide. We spoke with an expert who testified in the trial. Here's what he had to say.
Hundreds of food and farm groups are calling on recently confirmed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step in and block a wave of billion-dollar mega mergers sweeping across America’s agriculture industry.
Five of the six biggest companies that produce and sell seeds and chemicals to the world’s farmers are pursuing deals that could leave a market dominated by just three giant, global companies. Harvest Public Media reports on the deals in this new story.