Black farmers file suit against Monsanto seeking to block sale of Roundup

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John Wesley Boyd, Jr., center, founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, after Attorney Ben Crump, right, announced federal action to block Bayer-Monsanto from selling the weedkiller Roundup. John Bowman, president of the St. Louis County chapter of the NAACP, is pictured at left. Joined by co-counsels James Under, and Chris Schnieders, they announced outside the U.S. headquarters of the German company. Photo by Christian Christian Gooden ▲ ST. LOUIS — The National Black Farmers Association filed on Wednesday a federal lawsuit to block Creve Coeur-based agribusiness giant Monsanto and its German parent company, Bayer, from selling the weedkiller Roundup. The suit alleges that Black farmers across the country have been forced to use Roundup-resistant seeds and Roundup in increasingly heavier applications, and that Monsanto failed to inform the farmers of the weedkiller’s risks. “The cycle can only be broken by removing the product from the market,” Chris Schnieders, a partner at Napoli & Shkolnik in Kansas City and one of the attorneys who filed suit, said at a Wednesday press conference. In June, Bayer agreed to pay more than $10 billion to settle tens of […]

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