Monsanto Ordered To Pay $289 Million For Causing One Man's Terminal Illness

Everybody is weary Monsanto, even the World Health Organization. They deemed the biotech company’s widely used weed-killer, a possible cause cancer, back in 2015. The weariness over corporate planning predates that ruling by some ten years, but people generally feel helpless when it comes to staging the coup. One man in particular, Dewayne Johnson brought the fight to highest courts, because he evidently had very little to lose. 

The former groundskeeper contracted a fatal form non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after years performing his duties at a local school. Johnson claims he repeatedly sprayed large quantities Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer, doctors believe contributed to his terminal cancer. The retired groundskeeper isn’t the only claimant, roughly 4,000 lawsuits staking the Monsanto claim are still pending in U.S. courts. Johnson’s legal team contends that they’ve only brought to light a fraction the wicked deeds Monsanto is guilty covering up.

For “acting with negligence,” Monsanto has been ordered to pay Johnson & his family a $289 million sum, a decision that will likely impact how biotech conduct themselves, as to appear properly vetted. Despite the ruling, Monsanto continues to defend their product line: “We will appeal this decision and continue to vigorously defend this product, which has a 40-year history safe use and continues to be a vital, effective and safe tool for farmers and others,” Monsanto VP Scott Partridge said.

Video Game Addiction Classified As A Disorder By World Health Organization

Last week, the Mirror UK reported that a 9-year old girl was sent to rehab for video game addiction. Although that may sound intense, so was her video game addiction. Let’s be honest, millions Americans spend countless hours playing video games. There are days when I do not have work where I can spend a good 9-10 hours playing an array games, from PUBG to NBA2K. Still, nothing quite compares to this 9-year old girl who opted to keep playing Fortnite rather than use the bathroom. In fact, she urinated on herself while sitting down playing the game. She was that dedicated to playing. Cases similar to hers, where people place essential body functions such as eating and using the bathroom lower on their survival list than playing video games, are not rare. Now, the World Health Organization has concluded that video game addiction is a mental disease.

The World Health Organization states that, “Gaming disorder is defined in the draft 11th Revision the International Classification Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation gaming despite the occurrence negative consequences.” They continue on to assure the masses that playing video games for hours on end doesn’t necessarily mean you have the disorder, the situation must be much more serious than binge gaming. “For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months.”