Monsanto hit with staggering $2 billion verdict in Roundup cancer suit

An Oakland jury awarded a staggering $2 billion-plus in damages Monday to a Bay Area couple who both came down with cancer after spraying Monsanto Co.’s widely used Roundup weed killer on their properties for more than 30 years. It’s the third such verdict against Monsanto, all in Bay Area lawsuits, and by far the largest judgment against the company. Alva Pilliod, 76, of Livermore was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma…

Monsanto asks court to overturn $78.5 million damage award for Bay Area groundskeeper

Photo: Josh Edelson / Associated Press 2018 Monsanto Co. asked a state appeals court Wednesday to overturn a groundbreaking $78.5 million damage award to a Bay Area groundskeeper who was diagnosed with cancer after years of spraying the company’s best-selling herbicide, arguing that there is no credible evidence the product is dangerous. In the years that plaintiff Dewayne “Lee” Johnson applied the glyphosate-based weed killer to the school grounds on…

25 Reasons To Go & Pick Dandelions Right Now

Who hasn’t seen those pesky yellow weeds pop up in the garden from time to time? Yet try as you might – from picking them to poisoning them – nothing keeps them at bay for too long. Perhaps it’s time you embraced the tenacious dandelion and all the benefits it can bring? The Health Benefits of Dandelions Dandelion has been used throughout history to treat everything from liver problems and…

Permaculture Puts Organic Gardening on Autopilot

Organic food and farming have seen a huge increase over the past ten years, and for good reason. Farming and gardening techniques that use fewer harmful, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are better for the environment and better for human health. Permaculture methods of growing food reach far beyond these benefits. Growing food organically is just the starting point. According to a report from 2014 by Stephen Daniells titled US organic…

The Other Monsanto Chemical Bayer Investors Should Watch

“Some Bayer AG investors were surprised to learn about the thousands of farmers lining up before U.S. courts to argue that Roundup — the blockbuster weedkiller the German company recently acquired when it bought Monsanto Co. — had given them cancer. But Roundup is hardly the only chemical in Monsanto’s portfolio carrying legal risks. There are also lawsuits aplenty for dicamba, its next best-selling herbicide, which U.S. farmers are spraying…