Elderly couple Alberta and Alva Pilliod, who have been battling cancer for years, were awarded $2 billion in a lawsuit against agrochemical company Monsanto.
A jury found Monsanto failed to warn customers that its Roundup weed killer could cause cancer.
“We’ve been fighting cancer for nine years now, Al [my husband] longer than me, and it was caused by Roundup,” Alberta stated. “It’s changed our lives forever. We can’t do the things that we used to be able to do.”
The verdict holds Bayer, which purchased Monsanto last year, liable for the couple contracting non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The World Health Organization classified glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” However, the EPA claims the chemical is “not a carcinogen.” Monsanto has denied connections between cancer and Roundup.
“We wish that Monsanto had warned us ahead of time about the dangers of using Monsanto and that there was something on the front of their label that said “danger, may cause cancer,” Alberta said. “They weren’t giving us any choice because from their ads, we felt that it was incredibly safe to use.”
Monsanto is one of several companies that manufactured the infamous “Agent Orange,” a mix of herbicides used by the U.S. government during the Vietnam War.