The lawsuit was filed by Anthony Harris, a man who says he used Roundup “extensively” to control weeds in his backyard garden in San Diego, California from 2008 until 2010.
In January 2015, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma — an aggressive cancer that starts in the body’s immune system.
Last week, he filed a lawsuit accusing Monsanto of failing to warn about the risk. According to the complaint:
“Roundup and/or glyphosate is defective, dangerous to human health, unfit and unsuitable to be marketed and sold in commerce, and lacked proper warnings and directions as to the dangers associated with its use.”
Monsanto has been hit with at least 30 similar lawsuits in recent months, mostly filed by farmworkers and landscapers. However, a growing number of cases involve backyard gardeners.
France has already banned sales of Roundup to home gardeners. The European Union (EU) has also proposed banning Roundup by “non-professionals” and only renewing its license for 7 years instead of 15.
The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was declared a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) based on several studies linking it to non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The lawsuit was filed on September 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California — Case No. 3:16-cv-02275.