Monsanto is desperate to prevent tens of thousands of lawsuits from people who claim Roundup caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
A lot hinges on one case. Monsanto hoped that the US Supreme Court would allow a review of the case it lost in 2019.
Things don’t look good for Monsanto. The US Solicitor General has now advised the Court that it should deny this review.
Monsanto’s parent company Bayer is already paying out about AU$16 billion to settle almost 100,000 lawsuits.
Bayer will pay an additional AU$1.2 billion over another Monsanto product, the highly carcinogenic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which have been found in US waterways.
That’s not the end of it.
They will pay another AU$600 million for crops damaged when their Dicamba weedkiller drifted onto farmers’ fields.
About 8.6 billion kilos of Roundup & other glyphosates has been used on farms, parks and sports fields since the weedkiller was introduced in 1974.