Here’s a less commonly seen legal perspective on the GMO debate from Dean Seman and Richard Ranieri with The Legal Intelligencer. Will GMOs and herbicides be at the root of the next crop of bodily injury claims?
While the recent glyphosate exposure toxic-tort cases failed to flourish due to the lack of medical causation, one has to question whether medical research advances will change the landscape. We anticipate that similar claims will continue to be filed and will evolve. For instance, the heavy use of glyphosate with GM crops has spawned glyphosate-resistant “super weeds.” In an effort to address this problem, certain manufacturers are producing a new herbicide that combines glyphosate with 2,4-D (one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange). Significantly, on June 23, the IARC classified 2,4-D as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”