GMO displaces pesticides, war enters the final phase

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The court began to consider a lawsuit against Bayer because of the Roundup, which allegedly caused cancer in the consumer.

Proceedings against a California resident who claimed that the use of glyphosate anti-weed medication from Bayer AG led to the development of cancer were handed over to the US federal jury after lawyers on both sides presented their final arguments on Tuesday.

The carefully tracked case filed by claimant Edward Hardeman is only the second of about 11,200 lawsuits filed because of Roundup in the United States. Another California resident received $ 289 million in August, after the state court jury admitted in August that the chemical had caused cancer. This led to a drop in Bayer shares.

But the case of Hardeman went differently. The emphasis was initially placed on scientific facts, while omitting evidence of the alleged corporate misconduct on the part of company representatives.

After the first stage, US District Court Judge Vins Chhabriya asked six jurors at a San Francisco federal court to decide whether Roundup was a “significant factor” that caused Hardeman’s cancer.

And if the jury comes that this is the case, the process will move on to the second stage, during which its lawyers can present evidence allegedly showing the company’s efforts to influence scientists, regulators and the public regarding the safety of its products.

Hardemann’s lawyer, Aimee Wagstaff, said during the final presentation that her client had been subjected to “extreme” exposure to Roundup, spraying the chemical more than 300 times in 26 years.

“The dosage creates poison. The more you use this tool, the higher the risk,” said the lawyer. She urged the jury to consider all the studies, including rodents, which, she said, showed an increased risk of developing cancer.

Bayer, which acquired Monsanto for $ 63 billion, denies accusations that Roundup, or glyphosate, causes cancer. The company claims that decades of research and regulatory testing, “based on real-life data on human exposure,” have shown that weed killer is safe for humans, regardless of the level of exposure. However, Wagstaff claims the data is incorrect.

In January, the judge hearing the case of Hardeman decided to divide it into two phases. He called evidence of the alleged corporate misconduct a “distraction” from the scientific question of whether glyphosate causes cancer.

The trial under Hardeman’s claim is a trial for 760 cases throughout the country, which were combined in a federal court.

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