Christine and Kenneth Sheppard, former South Kona coffee farmers, have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto contending that the company lied about the ability of glyphosate, an ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup, to cause cancer.

The couple contend the agribusiness company is responsible for Christine developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported that the couple filed a civil case Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Honolulu:

The suit alleges Christine Sheppard, who once was president of the Kona Coffee Council, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003, after eight years of using Roundup on the farm, and that the Sheppards were forced to sell the farm and relocate to California in 2004, “where she continues to undergo treatment and surveillance for her lymphoma.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages, including compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees and court costs.

Attorney Michael Miller accused Monsanto of a “misinformation campaign” and said the Sheppards’ lawsuit will “force Monsanto to face the human consequences of their lies.”

Monsanto told the newspaper in a statement that “glyphosate has a 40-year history of safe use.”

“No regulatory agency in the world considers glyphosate to be a carcinogen,” the company said.

The World Health Organization said last year that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.”

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