For decades, science has shown that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weed killer Roundup, is harmful for human health, and it has been banned in most countries around the world, yet it is still being liberally doused on crops across the United States.

The reason, according to an editorial by Arjun Walia in the Collective Evolution, is that powerful companies like Monsanto (which was acquired by Bayer AG last year) are influencing agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “And to think, these are the agencies providing us with ‘science’ in order to get the food, medications and other products produced by these big corporations to be deemed safe,” Walia wrote.

In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Several countries have since responded by banning or highly restricting its use. Yet, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has deemed it safe. “Monsanto colluded with the EPA to stifle cancer research and any connections to their products,” Walia said. “The European Union actually just approved the use of glyphosate, and their approval was found to be based on plagiarized science from Monsanto.”

But public opinion in the U.S. may be changing. In August, a California jury awarded a school groundskeeper $289 million after finding that his exposure to glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides contributed to his terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. The award was later reduced to $78 million. In March, a federal jury awarded a man $80 million after finding his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was caused by his use of Roundup. Monsanto faces thousands more lawsuits; the latest is currently underway in California.

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