Free Documentary: Into Weeds: Dewayne ‘Lee’ Johnson vs. Monsanto Company

Nathan Wiebe
This is a free documentary I came across that was just released called "Into Weeds: Dewayne ‘Lee’ Johnson vs. Monsanto Company.” It’s about a man who was a former public school grounds keeper. His job was to go to local schools and spray a concentrated form of Roundup to control the weeds. One day a hose that was attached to the Roundup sprayer on his truck got caught in a crack in the road as he was driving. The sprayer hose ripped off, showering Roundup far into the air. He quickly got out of his truck to fix it and was doused from head to toe.

Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, have claimed for years that their herbicide doesn’t cause cancer. They’ve even claimed it’s “safe enough to drink” but months after Dewayne was doused he developed a painful skin rash all over his body. The rash gradually got worse and Dewayne started to become very ill. He went to his doctor to see what was wrong with his skin and the doctor told him the devastating news. He had developed a rare form of skin cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It turns out that he wasn’t the only one who had developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being repeatedly exposed to Roundup.

This documentary is about Johnson’s court case, which was the first to go to trial in a series of lawsuits involving tens of thousands of plaintiffs who claim that Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup (and its other glyphosate-based herbicide Ranger Pro) caused their cancer.

This is a powerful documentary that we highly recommend watching. Roundup is the most popular herbicide used today. Billions of pounds of it are used every year in our agriculture, towns, cities, forests, you name it. It’s being sprayed here in the Kootenays as well.

I’m not sure how we can get Roundup banned in our community but if anyone knows how we would help out in any way that we could. Click the “Watch Now” button to view the documentary.