In an unbroken string of victories for Roundup-exposed cancer victims, juries have ordered Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) to pay up to $1 billion per plaintiff for acting with “malice, oppression or fraud” to hide the fact that their glyphosate-based herbicide causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Members of Congress are taking notice, but so far, none have introduced legislation to ban glyphosate. Please ask your Senators and Representative to step up.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Ban Glyphosate!
What has Congress done since 2015, when the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) unanimously determined that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen?
In 2016, Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) hosted a Congressional briefing featuring independent scientists who explained how glyphosate is linked to cancer and other health issues. An organic farmer who also spoke at the briefing explained how to farm successfully without using carcinogenic herbicides.
In March 2017, Congressman Lieu demanded a Congressional hearing in response to “[r]eports suggest[ing] that a senior official at the EPA worked to suppress a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review of glyphosate, and may have leaked information to Monsanto.”
In April 2017, Democratic leaders on the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee echoed Congressman Lieu’s statement in a letter to the Republican Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman. The leaders demanded hearings on whether Monsanto had colluded with unscrupulous U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees to interfere in the regulatory process by, among other things, removing members from a Scientific Advisory Panel because they were expected to offer evidence of glyphosate’s risks, accepting “scientific” papers on glyphosate that were ghostwritten by Monsanto and blocking other executive branch agencies from monitoring and studying glyphosate.
In 2018, a hearing on these issues was held in the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space & Technology. The Democratic members of the committee published a minority report on the hearing, “Spinning Science & Silencing Scientists: A Case Study in How the Chemical Industry Attempts to Influence Science.” The report found:
“There is significant evidence that Monsanto launched a disinformation campaign to undermine IARC’s classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen . . . Monsanto engaged in a decades-long concerted effort to fend off any evidence suggesting potential adverse human health effects from glyphosate and more recently to undermine IARC’s findings. They ghost wrote scientific articles on glyphosate, established front groups to help amplify their anti-IARC message and scientific evidence they did not like, and they attempted to silence scientists who reached conclusions questioning glyphosate’s safety.”
In 2019, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) became the first presidential candidate and federal legislator to call for a ban on Roundup. Unfortunately, so far, none of the other candidates or Congresspeople have spoken up to join her.
Let’s make sure Rep. Gabbard doesn’t have to stand alone.
TAKE ACTION: Ask your Senators and Member of Congress to introduce legislation to ban glyphosate!