The latest anti-science frenzy has come to New York.
Last month, a trial-lawyer-linked environmental advocacy outfit said children’s cereals contain a weed-killing chemical with dubious health risks. Clickbait stories flooded social media, frightened parents and riled New York Sen. Chuck Schumer.
The substance in question is glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s widely used Roundup herbicide. The Environmental Working Group’s report — which was posted online, not published in any scientific journal — was released less than a week after jurors returned an eye-popping $289 million personal-injury verdict against the Bayer-owned agribusiness giant.
The plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, frequently used Roundup as a school groundskeeper. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he sued, blaming the product for his illness