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60 Minutes Exposes Bayer Weed Killer

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • 60 Minutes Australia took on glyphosate in a recent segment, calling it a “toxic villain … likely to be sitting on a shelf in the backyard shed of most Australian families”
  • In Australia, controversy over glyphosate is growing and the first lawsuit against Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in June 2018, has been filed
  • The Australian Roundup lawsuit involves Michael Ogalirolo, a former landscaper who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup regularly for more than two decades
  • Germany announced it would be banning glyphosate when the EU’s approval period for the chemical ends in 2023, with the phase-out starting even sooner

60 Minutes Australia took on glyphosate in a recent segment, calling it a “toxic villain … likely to be sitting on a shelf in the backyard shed of most Australian families.” In the video above, you can see their interview with DeWayne “Lee” Johnson, a former school groundskeeper who was awarded $289 million in damages after a jury ruled Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup caused his terminal cancer.

The award was later slashed to $78 million, but it signaled the beginning of a running trend in Roundup cancer lawsuits. As of July 2019 there are now 18,400 U.S. lawsuits from individuals alleging that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, caused them to develop cancer.


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