Sunday, June 21, 2015, Jonathan Benson, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) Three residents of Los Angeles have filed a class action lawsuit against the Monsanto Company for false and misleading advertising. Monsanto's Roundup herbicide currently bears the claim "Glyphosate targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets" (italics added for emphasis) that is patently false, and plaintiffs are seeking both monetary damages and a preliminary and permanent injunction against Monsanto's continued use of this false claim.
The filing maintains that, based on the latest science, Roundup does, in fact, target an enzyme found in both plants and people. Those represented in the plaintiff class include every person who purchased Roundup or Roundup-related products in California at any time during the last four years.
As outlined in the suit, Roundup targets an enzyme known as EPSP synthase that's produced by weeds, plants, bacteria, fungi, algae and various other microbes. EPSP synthase is also present in humans, it turns out, though Monsanto adamantly refuses to admit this in its product literature. As a result, millions of people are being mislead and exposed to this deadly, mislabeled chemical concoction.
"This lawsuit challenges a specific claim that appears on all Roundup labels ... and this claim is absolutely, positively false because glyphosate does indeed target an enzyme 'found in people,'" reads the suit. "Produced within our bodies, the targeted enzyme is in fact 'found in people'—in our gut bacteria."
"Because the enzyme that glyphosate targets is indeed found in people—in our gut bacteria—it is therefore objectively false (and inherently misleading) for [Monsanto] to claim that glyphosate targets an enzyme not found in people."
Glyphosate absorbs into plants and accumulates in humans, killing the gut microbiome
In light of the World Health Organization's (WHO) recent admission that glyphosate "probably" causes cancer, and the fact that glyphosate accumulates in human tissue over time, these false claims by Monsanto don't come without human harm. How many backyard gardeners, farmers and ordinary homeowners have doused their crops or yards with Roundup thinking that the product is safe for pets and humans?
Roundup, and particularly glyphosate, absorbs directly into plants and food crops that are later eaten by animals and humans. So on top of the glyphosate residue that lingers on the outside of plants, humans are regularly exposed to the systemic residue that's abundant inside plants that are sprayed with glyphosate.
The consequence of this is prolific contamination with glyphosate in our food supply, our water supplies and our air. A government study, in fact, found that glyphosate is now present in some 75% of air and rain samples, which means this cancer-causing poison is literally raining down on all of us on a regular basis.
"Glyphosate is a 'biocide,' essentially an 'antibiotic,' which means that most Americans eat 'antibiotics' at every meal," adds the suit. "Because glyphosate kills-off gut bacteria that regulate digestive functions, many believe it is responsible for America's chronic indigestion, and because it kills-off gut bacteria that regulate immune system functions, many believe glyphosate is responsible for America's chronic auto-immunity disorders."
Sign petitions calling on Lowe's and Home Depot to stop selling toxic Roundup in stores!
The 11-page lawsuit containing further details about the harm caused by glyphosate and damages sought by plaintiffs is available here:
Also, be sure to sign the following two petitions calling on the nation's two largest home improvement stores, Lowe's and Home Depot, to stop selling toxic Roundup: