Monsanto is accused of failing to warn about the side effects of Roundup to protect billions of dollars in annual sales. One recent lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jerry LaVern Plagge, a farmer from Iowa. He sprayed Roundup from around 1974 until his death from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in April 2015.
The lawsuit was filed by his widow, Jeanne Plagge, on April 17, 2017 in Delaware Superior Court — In Re: Estate of Jerry Plagge v. Monsanto Company — Case No. N17C-04-172 VLM.
Another wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of Robert Cochran, a man from Clay, Illinois. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2012 after nearly a decade of living near fields where Roundup was sprayed.
Mr. Cochran was exposed to Roundup in the corn and bean fields around his Clay County home between 2003 and 2012, according to the lawsuit. He was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma in February 2012 and died in July 2016.
The lawsuit was filed by his widow, Misty Hill, on March 20, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois — In RE: The Estate of Robert Cochran v. Monsanto Company — Case No. 3:17-cv-00293-DRH-SCW.
Monsanto advertised Roundup to consumers as “safer than table salt” and “practically non-toxic” for decades. Meanwhile, the company genetically engineered crops like corn and soybeans to resist Roundup, allowing farmers to spray massive amounts of the weed-killer without killing the crop. The worldwide use of Roundup skyrocketed.
Monsanto continues to insist that glyphosate, the active weed-killing ingredient in Roundup, does not cause cancer. The problem is that glyphosate is not the only ingredient. Roundup contains other ingredients like POEA that are designed to increase the toxicity of glyphosate to plants, especially in commercial agriculture formulations.
After three major studies in the Midwestern United States, Canada, and Sweden found higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in farmers and farm-workers, Roundup was re-classified as a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in March 2015.