Monsanto’s Roundup is the world’s most widely-used herbicide, present in 160 countries with more than 1.4 billion pounds utilized per year. Though Roundup is intended for household yards and sprayed on acres of crops sold at local grocery stores, the weed killer may cause serious effects to human health.
The World Health Organizations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen,” in addition to linking the chemical to antibiotic resistance and hormone disruption. Despite the risks, an estimated 2.6 billion pounds of Roundup has been sprayed on U.S. farms alone.
Roundup Health Effects
Manufactured by the agrochemical biotech giant Monsanto, Roundup is a potent, powerful weed killer tolerated by genetically modified crops. The herbicide was commercially introduced in 1974, with use of the product increasing throughout the decades. Today, Roundup is sprayed on most corn, soy, cotton and a large portion of other edible crops in the United States.
Research has shown glyphosate may cause the development of tumors in mice, stay present in farmworkers urine, disrupt gut bacteria and increase the risk of cancer. Some individuals exposed to Roundup have reportedly been diagnosed with various types of lymphoma, including:
- Skin lymphoma
- Burkitt lymphoma
- Peripheral T-cell lymphoma
- Mantle Cell lymphoma
- Follicular lymphoma
- Hairy cell lymphoma
- Large B-cell lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Legal Action & Assistance
Monsanto’s use of glyphosate in industrial agriculture and consumer products may cause serious side effects. Courts have begun to hold Monsanto accountable for harming consumers, and the number of lawsuits against the agribusiness corporation have increased.
The Johnson Law Group can assist individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to Roundup. Contact Johnson Law Group to receive a complimentary consultation and learn more about Roundup-related injuries.