The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility are continuing the FILM & SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS DVD SERIES. The DVDs will be shown at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21218, usually on the First Friday. After the peace vigil, there will be a potluck dinner. At 7:15 PM, from September through December, a DVD will be shown with a discussion to follow. There is no charge, and refreshments will be available. The series theme is CAN WE HAVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE?
On Fri., Oct. 2 see CRUDE (USA, 2009, 100 min.), directed by Joe Berlinger. It is a documentary which follows a two-year portion of an ongoing class action lawsuit against the Chevron Corporation in Ecuador. The film follows the progress during 2006 and 2007 of a $27 billion legal case brought against the Chevron Corporation following the drilling of the Lago Agrio oil field, a case described by activists as an “Amazon Chernobyl.” The plaintiffs of the class action lawsuit are 30,000 Ecuadorians living in the Amazonian rainforest who claim their ancestral homeland has been polluted by the oil industry. Contact Max at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon dot net.
Chow writes: "Two separate U.S. agricultural workers have slapped lawsuits against Monsanto, alleging that Roundup - the agribusiness giant's flagship herbicide - caused their cancers, and that the company 'falsified data' and 'led a prolonged campaign of misinformation' to convince the public, farm workers and government agencies about the safety of the product."
Farmworkers pick red peppers on a farm in California's Central Valley. (photo: Reuters)
Monsanto Sued by Farm Workers Claiming Roundup Caused Their Cancers
By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
01 October 15
Two separate U.S. agricultural workers have slapped lawsuits against Monsanto, alleging that Roundup—the agribusiness giant’s flagship herbicide—caused their cancers, and that the company “falsified data” and “led a prolonged campaign of misinformation” to convince the public, farm workers and government agencies about the safety of the product.
The first suit, Enrique Rubio v. Monsanto Company, comes from Enrique Rubio, a 58-year-old former field worker who worked in California, Texas and Oregon. According to Reuters, he was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1995, and believes it stemmed from exposure to Monsanto’s widely popular weedkiller and other pesticides that he sprayed on cucumber, onion and other vegetable crops. Rubio’s case was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Sept. 22.
That same day, a similar lawsuit, Fitzgerald v. Monsanto Company, was filed in federal court in New York by 64-year-old Judi Fitzgerald, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012. She claims that her exposure to Roundup at the horticultural products company she worked for in the 1990s led to her diagnosis.
The plaintiffs have accused the company of falsifying the safety of the product and putting people at risk.
Fitzgerald’s suit states:
“Monsanto assured the public that Roundup was harmless. In order to prove this, Monsanto championed falsified data and attacked legitimate studies that revealed its dangers. Monsanto led a prolonged campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup was safe.”
The main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, was listed as a possible human carcinogen six months ago by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization.
One of Rubio’s attorneys expects more lawsuits against the company, which is the world’s leading producer of glyphosate, will follow.
“I believe there will be hundreds of lawsuits brought over time,” said attorney Robin Greenwald, who brought the case.
Monsanto has furiously denied these claims and says its products are safe.
“Decades of experience within agriculture and regulatory reviews using the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product contradict the claims in the suit which will be vigorously defended,” spokeswoman Charla Lord told Reuters.
The agricultural and biotech company is battling a string of negative health and safety accusations.
Earlier this month, California’s Environmental Protection Agency issued plans to list glyphosate as known to cause cancer.
Additionally, an appeals court in Lyon, France upheld a 2012 ruling against Monsanto, in which the company was found guilty of the chemical poisoning of a farmer named Paul François. Monsanto plans to appeal the decision to a higher court.
And we let them spray, & poison, our farmland? RT @prabalgurung: French Court - Monsanto Guilty of Chemical Poisoning http://ecowatch.com/2015/09/11/monsanto-guilty-chemical-poisoning/ …
An appeals court has upheld a 2012 ruling against Monsanto, in which the agribusiness giant was found guilty of chemically poisoning a farmer Paul François.
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