It’s no secret that our world is fraught with peril. But with the COVID War now going into its second year, the only killer lurking out there that can cause us great harm or even death is the coronavirus… according to Presstitutes and politicians.
Beyond COVID, among the great people killers are chemicals and foreign substances, many of them in the form of impurities that pollute our air and water; see “AIR POLLUTION KILLING 3.5 TIMES MORE THAN COVID” (23 Feb 2021), “YOU THINK COVID WILL KILL YOU? HAVE A DRINK OF WATER!” (15 Jun 2021) and “MOST DRINKING WATER CONTAINS PLASTIC BITS” (4 Oct 2017).
Sometimes though, the toxic chemicals are integral ingredients in substances that are sold by their creators to be beneficial. One case in point is glyphosate, the world’s most commonly-used herbicide and a primary component of Roundup, the leading brand of weed-killer in the U.S., developed in the ’70s by Monsanto.
In 2015 an agency of the World Health Organization listed glyphosate as a likely carcinogen, most frequently associated with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which causes white blood cells called lymphocytes to form tumors. As of 2019, over 42,000 persons were involved in lawsuits against the makers of Roundup.
The latest development in this ongoing saga was reported on 19 November in The Epoch Times and elsewhere. A Livermore, California couple, Alva and Alberta Pilliod, both diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, sued Monsanto in 2017, claiming Roundup’s makers had failed to adequately warn users of the risks. They were awarded $86.2 million in damages.
Monsanto appealed, but on 17 November California’s Supreme Court upheld previous appeals favoring the plaintiffs, letting the award stand.
Bayer, the German pharmaceutical firm that acquired Monsanto in 2018, disagreed with the high court’s decision. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and European regulators have found “no significant cancer risks to the general public” from glyphosate, “including residues in drinking water and beverages.” Nevertheless, Bayer announced that, starting in 2023, it would change its glyphosate-based residential lawn and garden products to non-glyphosate formulations.
The company has agreed to pay $10 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits, and has tried, so far unsuccessfully, to resolve future cases using a fund of up to $2 billion; see “BAYER BEARS THE BRUNT” (12 Nov 2019), “BAYER TO PAY $9.6 BILLION TO SETTLE U.S. ROUNDUP SUITS” (20 Jun 2020) and “COVID BAD, ROUNDUP WEED KILLER GOOD” (1 Jun 2021).
TRENDPOST: This is another example of society’s misplaced focus and skewed priorities. Gerald Celente has pointed out how the alleged threat of “climate change” pales beside the trillions of tons of poisons, chemicals and pesticides being injected into our earth, air, water and food: “Forget about it. We’ll be dead before the climate changes.” Similarly, COVID-19 “doesn’t win, place or show” beside the other viruses, flus and diseases that have killed countless millions.