After years of spraying, Dewayne Johnson, a groundskeeper, believes the herbicide Roundup, which contains glyphosate, caused him to develop Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare and very painful form of skin cancer. So, he filed a case against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup. Four years later, a jury awarded Mr. Johnson $289 million dollars in damages (recently reduced to $78 million). Many, many farmers use Roundup, and the question of how dangerous it is has been studied. The EPA found it to be safe, yet the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found it to be “probably carcinogenic in humans,” so mixed results. Monsanto, for its part, maintains that Roundup is safe but faces over 9,000 similar cases across the country. This week an Oakland, California judge said that another case will go forward next March. This week, Lindsey speaks with one of Mr. Johnson’s lawyers, Mark Burton. Mark tells us about the case and how they managed to win it.
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