Two United Nations Special Rapporteurs celebrated Wednesday the verdict of a California court that forces the Monsanto company to pay $ 289 million to an American gardener suffering from terminal cancer.
This is the rapporteur special edition on the right to food, Hilal Elver and the special rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest achievable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Pūras.
On August 10, the California Supreme Court declared the multinational Monsanto responsible for the cancer suffered by the gardener Dewayne Johnson because the company did not label the herbicides while warning that long-term use could cause cancer .
The verdict is based on the results of a 2015 World Health Organization study that considers glyphosate, an essential component of the Roundup herbicide Johnson uses, as "probably carcinogenic to humans."
] "The ruling recognizes possible correlations between cancer and Monsanto's herbicides containing glyphosate, including RoundUp, and the company's inability to inform users about cancer risk."
Special rapporteurs They regarded the resolution as "an important achievement for the human rights of the victims and recognition of the responsibilities of chemical companies".
The resolution also indicated that internal documents from Monsanto exist indicating that the company was aware of the carcinogenic effects of the herbicide in humans.
Experts regretted that the sentence for John came too late They are and emphasize that no compensation can compensate their lives. She added that the ruling is important but not definitive, and that Monsanto will appeal.