By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law Program
Does Roundup cause cancer? A jury in California has determined that it’s possible. The jury awarded $289 million in early against Monsanto in the first of thousands of cases alleging that Monsanto should have warned users about Roundup’s cancer risk.
The plaintiff argued that Monsanto has known for decades that the Roundup product could cause cancer but failed to warn consumers, while Monsanto claimed that more than 800 studies and reviews conclude that glyphosate itself does not cause cancer. Monsanto plans to appeal the award.