On May 25, a federal court in Missouri approved a $21.5 million settlement between Monsanto and a class of consumers who alleged the agrochemical giant used misleading labeling on its Roundup weed killer. The complaint stated that Monsanto misled consumers about how much Roundup could be made from bottles of concentrate. The concentrate labels say the formula “makes up to” a certain amount of herbicide when mixed with water, but the instructions’ fine print says the formula should be mixed at much higher concentrations for best results. Continue reading “Monsanto Settles False Labeling Class Action for $21.5 Million”
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup® herbicide, was reported to be “the most important causal factor” in the worldwide increase of gluten intolerance and celiac disease, according to a paper written by MIT scientist Stephanie Seneff and Dr. Anthony Samsel and published by the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology.
While the reaction from trading partners was immediate with a significant impact on markets and Monsanto opponents did not miss an opportunity to crow, USDA says genetically modified wheat plants found in Oregon was an isolated event.
A federal class action lawsuit brought last year by a consortium of farmers against the agricultural and chemical company Monsanto was dismissed on February 27, 2012 by federal district court judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in New York.
The plaintiffs, none of whom use Monsanto’s products, are seeking to have the company’s agricultural patents invalidated. They said they were concerned that Monsanto would sue them if the company’s patented strains of soybeans, corn or alfalfa, which make up a majority of American crops, appeared in their fields. In January, oral arguments in the case brought hundreds of farmers and advocates to Lower Manhattan to protest the power wielded by Monsanto in American agriculture. Continue reading “Judge dismisses farmers’ class action against Monsanto”