Washington, D.C. – A U.S. district judge has given the green light to a lawsuit that claims that Monsanto’s labeling of its flagship weed killer Roundup misleads consumers, according to this report.
The judge ruled against Monsanto Co.’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, filed in April, 2017.
The judge ruled that the plaintiffs, nonprofit organizations Organic Consumer Association (OCA) and Beyond Pesticides, have provided enough evidence to support their claim.
Through their attorneys, the plaintiffs sued Monsanto on behalf of the general public, in Washington D.C., under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act, for misleading the public by labeling its popular weed killer Roundup as “target[ing] an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” The nonprofits allege that this statement is false, deceptive and misleading, because the enzyme targeted by glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is, in fact, found in people and pets.
“This is a very important court ruling that brings a crucial issue into focus; We need to know much more about what glyphosate and other ubiquitous chemicals are doing to our gut microbiome, which according to research is the key to our health and happiness. We know far too little about glyphosate and that will only be changed if comprehensive independent science is supported globally,” says Henry Rowlands, director of The Detox Project.
“Monsanto’s statement that their glyphosate-based herbicide ‘Roundup’ “targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets” is ridiculous, especially as the same enzyme is produced by microorganisms in the guts of humans and other animals,” Rowlands adds.