Yesterday, a California jury ruled in favor of a plaintiff who claimed that his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by long-term exposure to glyphosate. The jury awarded the plaintiff $5 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages. The trial was held in federal district court in San Francisco. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup®.
“We are disappointed with the jury’s decision, but this verdict does not change the weight of over four decades of extensive science and the conclusions of regulators worldwide that support the safety of our glyphosate-based herbicides and that they are not carcinogenic,” said Bayer in a statement. “Roundup products and their active ingredient, glyphosate, have been used safely and successfully for over four decades worldwide and are a valuable tool to help farmers deliver crops to markets and practice sustainable farming by reducing soil tillage, soil erosion and carbon emissions.”
Bayer recently launched two new glyphosate webpages with information about the herbicide and its importance to agriculture: