Many people throughout the nation have been watching the drama of the lawsuit filed by an individual against the massive corporation Monsanto. Now a part of the German pharmaceutical company Bayer, Monsanto was accused by Edwin Hardeman, a resident of Santa Rosa, CA, of adding chemicals into their herbicides that resulted in his developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The reason this case has been so closely watched is that it is both the first of its kind, as well as likely to set the standards to which the more than 9,000 similar lawsuits now filed across the United States will adhere. In a massive victory for the people over a corporate entity, a federal jury in San Francisco found that Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup had contributed significantly to Hardeman’s contraction of cancer.
The numerous lawsuits that have been filed against the Monsanto Corporation are well-known. Thousands and thousands of individuals, many of them farmers, have let the full extent of their suffering be known in order that the Monsanto Corporation might be brought to task for their deliberate withholding of information regarding the tremendously dangerous chemicals which they use throughout many of their products, most noticeable within Roundup weedkiller.