Monsanto Roundup and Cancer
What is Roundup Used for?
Roundup has been a popular weed killer since its introduction in the 1970’s. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, an endocrine disruptor and probable carcinogen according to a 2015 study published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
- Roundup Ready
- Roundup Original Max
- Roundup PowerMax
- Roundup WeatherMax
- Roundup Weed & Grass Killer
- Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate
- Roundup Precision Gel
Some Roundup products contain more Glyphosate than others, ranging from 50 percent in Roundup Pro to 2 percent in Roundup Ready-to-Use Weed and Grass Killer III.
Origins of Glyphosate
In 1970, Monsanto wanted to advance information behind pesticides and funded scientific research aimed at discovering and utilizing new chemicals as pesticides. Dr. John Franz who led a research group created glyphosate and patented it for use as an herbicide.
In 1974, Roundup hit the shelves and increased crops as compared to competitor products.
Monsanto’s glyphosate is now the most widely applied pesticide worldwide. While other products contain glyphosate, they aren’t part of the lawsuit, because Monsanto discovered glyphosate, and held the patent for years.
Monsanto profits from Roundup are in the billions annually in the Unites States alone. Monsanto has spent a portion of these profits on studying the potential harm of their own product.
Monsanto’s Roundup and Cancer
Possible health problems may occur from exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.
Exposure to glyphosate has been linked to:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Kidney Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Liver Disease
Medical research has linked exposure to Roundup weed killer to the following serious types of cancer:
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Bone Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
A 2008 study conducted by a Swedish research group concluded that exposure to glyphosate significantly increased the risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In fact, an individual working in one of those environments for just 8 years could face double the risk of cancer.
Each year, approximately 70,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
There has not been a recall of Roundup, although scientific studies have concluded there is a link between the use of glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Glyphosate and California Proposition 65
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has determined that glyphosate will be added to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer for the purposes of Proposition 65.
The law requires that certain substances identified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) be listed as known to cause cancer under Proposition 65.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with any form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup, you could qualify for a lawsuit.
Potential Plaintiffs include:
- Agricultural workers
- Nursery employees
- Farm hands
- Seasonal farm workers
- Roundup Bottling plant workers
- People living near farms
Those who may have had exposure to Roundup through contaminated drinking water or food may also be eligible for compensation.
What Kind of Compensation Am I Eligible For?
Economic compensation can’t undo pain and suffering, but it can help with medical bills and lost wages. Filing a lawsuit will allow you to seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses to treat your cancer
- Mental pain and suffering resulting from your injuries
- Wage loss
- Monetary losses you might have suffered as a result of your illness and treatment
- Punitive damages