Roundup

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A group of Nebraska farmers is suing the giant seed and chemical company Monsanto in federal court, saying the company's top-selling herbicide gave them cancer.

Farmers Larry Domina, Robert Dickey, and Royce Janzen, along with agronomist Frank Pollard, have all been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. They were exposed to Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller in their work on the farm.

 

They allege that Roundup caused their illness and that Monsanto downplayed research showing the chemical poses a cancer risk.

A group of scientists and environmentalists is calling for an independent review of the chemicals found in the popular herbicide Roundup.

Agriculture giant Monsanto first started selling glyphosate, the major chemical in Roundup, in the 1970s, but it remains controversial. A band of environment and public health advocates says the chemical mixed with other ingredients could contribute to the risk of cancer and is due for modern tests. Fred vom Saal, a professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Missouri, is one of them.