A note from Chris Larson, Partner at Meub, Gallivan, and Larson, PLC
I grew up on a dairy farm in Rutland County, Vermont. As a teenager, I milked cows, fed calves, and worked in the fields, among other chores. It was an idyllic way to start a working life and a wonderful way to grow up.
At some point along the way, the Larson Farm shifted from a conventional dairy farm to a more diversified and much more sustainable model. The farm is still here, but it is now totally organic. I can promise that there is no Roundup on the shelves at the farm these days. Many of my family’s friends and neighbors buy organic, grass-fed milk from the farm store or the farmer’s market in Rutland – and you might even see me working the farm stand there at times.
I know from my background in the farming community that Monsanto built an empire of money based on two things: Roundup and genetically-modified crops, marketed as “Roundup Ready.” It also waged a long-standing legal war against farmers who tried to avoid the GMO crops it created.
What I didn’t know until recently was that Monsanto also covered up the science about Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate. While the company knew that Roundup was killing people (as well as destroying traditional family farm communities), it continued to market the poison as safe.
That’s why I’ve recently decided to reach out to fellow Vermonters who have been affected by Monsanto and Roundup. I have launched a campaign that you can learn more about here.
I’d like to see a world where glyphosate is off the shelves and the companies that created it and hid its dangers are held accountable. There are a lot of lawyers working on this problem around the country and I’m excited to be part of this team.