LINCOLN – A York County farmer, two farmers from Cedar County and an a Dodge County agronomist, all diagnosed with cancer, have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging the seed and chemical company purposely misled the public about the most widely used herbicide.

According to the Lincoln Journal Star, “Monsanto markets glyphosate, the active ingredient in its herbicide-brand Roundup, as being able to kill nearly every weed out there yet being completely safe for people.”

LJS cites court documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Lincoln, which say all four Nebraskans have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The lawsuit alleges Monsanto “concealed or systematically sought to discredit” research showing a link between the chemical and cancer.

“Monsanto championed falsified data and has attacked legitimate studies that revealed Roundup’s dangers. Monsanto led a campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup is safe. Its continuing denial extends to the date of this Complaint,” the lawsuit says.

The plaintiffs in the case include Royce Janzen of York County, Larry Domina and Robert Dickey of Cedar County, and Frank Pollard of Dodge County. The LJS reports they are being represented by Omaha-based Domina Law Group and New York-based Weitz & Luxemborg.

The lawsuit asks for unspecified damages.

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