From day one, I've said it ain't over 'til it's over regarding these Monsanto/Roundup suits. The last one, a jury awarded $2 billion, has just been reduced to $86 million by a judge.
Nothing has been paid to any victorious litigant. And nothing will be, perhaps ever. Yesterday, the powerful Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an order declaring that glyphosate does not cause cancer. I guess we can start putting it in lemonade.
The declaratory letter is in direct contradiction, if not rebuke, to both California and the World heath Organization (WHO). California lists glyphosate as an official carcinogen. The WHO lists it as "probably" causing cancer.
Around the world, the orthodox scientific community is circling the wagons around Monsanto: Canada, Australia, the European Union, Germany, New Zealand, and Japan. Government regulators in all these countries agree with the EPA's assessment.
In yet another state-federal showdown, the EPA accuses California of a "false and misleading statement" and further claims that federal regulatory assessment should trump the states'. In other words, if a state wants to be more careful, it can't.
It's states' rights deja vu. Every time, every time, every time you seek federal intervention in things, it creates additional tension on this front. Decentralized vs. centralized. Local vs. national. Community vs. tyranny. Okay, I'll stop now, but you get the picture. It doesn't matter whether the issue is labeling, education, housing, health care or investment regulations.
In the courtroom, this EPA declaration will give weight to Monsanto's position that to put warning labels on Roundup would violate their regulatory directives. "We couldn't tell people it was carcinogenic even if it was, because federal labeling regulations wouldn't let us. How can we be held responsible for something we didn't say when to say it would have violated the law?"
Wow, that sounds like a great cover to me. Suddenly, just like that, 18,000 lawsuits vanish. Such is the machinations of the courtroom. The EPA stepping into this fray this aggressively indicates a concerted effort, at the highest levels of global chemical business, to protect Monsanto, Bayer and all their cohorts. Nobody should underestimate the resolve, the cleverness, and the power of these players to take care of each other when the fraternity is assaulted.
So I repeat, it ain't over 'til it's over. Put the cork back in the champagne bottle. Now, what's the solution? You and I and everyone else should quit trying to seek relief from the system. The system is not in the business of giving relief. It's in the business of protecting the status quo. So if we want relief or even justice, the way to get it is to quit buying products that use these chemicals. If everyone tomorrow switched to authentic food, the entire farming/food sector would invert and the people who are now outliers would be foundational and the people who are now foundational would be pushed to the fringe. Wouldn't that be an interesting development?
Remember, the judges and the lawyers all went to the same school. They know the accepted rules and they won't cross each other.
The way to change the system is to quit playing their game. That means eating consciously, systematically chipping away at the market share these big players enjoy. And yes, Chipotle uses GMOs and these chemicals in its meat products. So you have to be careful.
Do you think Monsanto will lose?