In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate – the active ingredient in herbicides such as Roundup – as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Therefore, environmental organizations have been calling for a general ban for years. In Belgium, the use of glyphosate by individuals is prohibited.
According to John McIveson, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, is a result of Roundup use. The judge followed this logic and ruled that Bayer, Monsanto's parent company, must pay damages of €2 billion.
This is not the first time Bayer has been ordered to pay such large damages. This has also happened in similar lawsuits. The group disputes the harm of glyphosate, and Agence France-Presse reports that it plans to appeal against the decision.
There is also a debate in Europe about the harm of glyphosate. At the end of November, the European Commission extended the license for the controversial product for another ten years. Our country did not take a position because there is also a disagreement within the Belgian government.
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