Join Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook in exploring the story of glyphosate – a common herbicide used in weed control.
Date: Friday, March 3 at 7:00pm
Location: Centre 64, Kimberley
Cost: Entrance is by donation, but there are only 120 seats available so be sure to arrive before they fill up!
Does the most widely used weed killer in the world cause cancer?
Into the Weeds: Dewayne “Lee” Johnson vs. Monsanto Company follows the story of groundskeeper Lee Johnson and his fight for justice against agrichemical giant Monsanto (now Bayer), the manufacturer of the weed killer, Roundup. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. A year later, Lee Johnson filed a lawsuit claiming that a commercial-grade variant of Roundup, was a substantial contributing factor in causing his NonHodgkin’s lymphoma.
As the film team toggles back and forth between the detail and scale of this ubiquitous product’s impact, it becomes clear that the Johnson verdict will have global repercussions. By telling Johnson’s story, Into the Weeds ultimately considers whether this kind of David vs. Goliath fight is capable of instigating lasting and substantial change.