Following a recent court ruling awarding 70-year-old California man, Edwin Hardeman, an $80 million judgment for a cancer he developed as a result of exposure to glyphosate – the second victory of its kind in recent months – Costco made the decision to pull all glyphosate-containing products from its stores.
Zen Honeycutt from Moms Across America had prior to this started a petition calling on Costco to stop selling Roundup, which garnered some 150,000 signatures on the Change.org website, which got the ball rolling.
"I called the headquarters, and after two days of messages and calls, I did finally confirm with three people that Costco was not ordering Roundup or any glyphosate-based herbicides for the incoming spring shipments," Honeycutt wrote on her blog.
Natural News was also able to confirm this with Costco during a recent conversation with a representative from the company, who indeed stated that Costco will no longer be selling Roundup or any other product that contains glyphosate.
After it was announced that the Germany-based Bayer corporation, the new owner of Monsanto as of last June, had lost this second court ruling, the company's stocks plummeted.
According to Bloomberg, Bayer has lost in excess of 40 percent of its value since the ruling was issued – with plenty more to come, it would appear, seeing as how there are thousands of additional lawsuits against the company waiting in the wings.
Hilariously, Bayer-Monsanto continues to double down on the alleged "safety" of both Roundup and glyphosate, which it claims are perfectly safe. Christian Hartel, a spokesman for the company, told Bloomberg during a recent phone call that his employer plans to not only "vigorously defend" the reputation of the herbicide, but also appeal the recent verdict.
But many suspect that Bayer's efforts to fight back will ultimately be futile, and that the writing is already on the wall in terms of where the company is headed.
"You can't keep trying case after case after case and keep losing and say, 'We're not going to settle,'" stated trial lawyer Thomas G. Rohback of the New York-based Axinn group about Bayer-Monsanto's failing strategy.
The more cases that Bayer loses, Rohback contends, the more the company "has to put the possibility of a settlement of these cases into the mix."
In addition to the thousands of other lawsuits currently being filed against Bayer, there's a third specifically in California, which is where the two prior lawsuit victories were won, that appears to also be an eventual shoe-in for plaintiffs – and the potential death knell for Bayer, one can only hope.
Set to be heard in Oakland – the prior two were in nearby San Francisco – this third lawsuit reportedly puts Bayer at "a disadvantage" right out of the gate because, unlike the prior two, it won't allow the company to set the narrative in its own favor by splitting the case into two parts.
"Instead, the Oakland trial will permit lawyers to present jurors at the outset with their narrative about Monsanto Co.'s secret campaign to manipulate public opinion and bury evidence of Roundup's cancer risks," Bloomberg explains.
"Jurors in Hardeman's case first sat through weeks of scientific testimony to decide whether Roundup was a 'substantial factor' in causing his illness before they heard any evidence that Monsanto ghostwrote influential studies and improperly leaned on regulators. Bayer countered that scientific studies showed the herbicide is safe and argued to the jury that damning emails were taken out of context."
Since Bayer will not be permitted to engage in this manipulative propaganda campaign at the outset of this third lawsuit's hearings, in other words, chances are the jury will even more overwhelmingly side with the case's plaintiffs, resulting in a third major victory for folks injured by glyphosate and Roundup.
With a strong reputation for carrying only the highest quality products, it only makes sense that Costco would side with science and reason on this important matter in axing both glyphosate and Roundup from its product lineup. It remains to be seen if other major retailers decide to follow its lead.
It's important to remember that it's not just glyphosate itself that's dangerous, but also the many other so-called "inert" ingredients that, believe it or not, actually make up the bulk of the Roundup formula.
This is why Moms Across America is calling on other major retailers who still sell Roundup and other glyphosate-based products to follow Costco's lead and immediately pull them all from store shelves.
"We call on Home Depot and Lowe's today to step up as Costco has to protect us, your customers, and stop selling Roundup (and all glyphosate herbicides) now, due to its carcinogenic effects and lack of labeling," Honeycutt's petition has since been updated to state.
"Everyone deserves to know! These products should not be sold to the public!"
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