Eight experts testified in federal court last week that the scientific evidence points to a link between Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Yesterday, the presiding judge, Vince Chhabria of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, told a Bloomberg reporter that he found the evidence “shaky” and “loosey-goosey.”
We should be surprised. But we’re not.
Monsanto’s influence over regulatory policy and legal issues is legendary. No reason to believe it would be any different this time.
And no reason to believe we—or the hundreds of people involved in the California lawsuits—will give up. Ever.
In case you missed it, there are more than 365 lawsuits pending against Monsanto in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The lawsuits were filed by people alleging that exposure to Roundup herbicide caused them or their loved ones to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and that Monsanto knew the risks.
Before Judge Chhabria will allow the lawsuits to proceed, he’ll weigh the testimony he heard last week. While it doesn’t sound promising, Politico reports that all the judge has to determine is that the evidence isn’t “junk science” and that the experts “reached a reasonable conclusion using reliable methods.”
We’ll hold out hope that Judge Chhabria gives these victims of Monsanto’s poison their day in court until he rules otherwise.
But whichever way this case goes, with your help, we’ll keep up the pressure on Monsanto—in the courts, in the halls of Congress, in the marketplace—as if our lives depend on it. Because they do.