The herbicide Roundup has been in the news and in a lot of discussions lately. Many people have been talking about the studies that show this chemical has been linked to cancer as well as a number of other health problems. Despite numerous studies that show otherwise, the Monsanto reps continue to claim that their product is entirely safe with no need for legislative action or limiting the use of their product.
- Accord and Accord XRT II (Dow AgroSciences)
- Rodeo (Dow AgroSciences)
- Touchdown Hi-Tech, Touchdown Total and Touchdown IQ (Syngenta)
Glyphosate, the chemical that is in Roundup and other brands is a herbicide (plant killing chemical). Monsanto has genetically engineered certain crops to be immune to glyphosate. Farmers love this because it allows them to indiscriminately spray Roundup on their crops to control weeds without worry that the herbicide will kill their crops.
If you ask Monsanto, the company that makes Roundup, they will claim that there is no evidence that their product will cause any health problems as long as it is used correctly. Their claims say that independent studies that find otherwise are nothing more than junk science.
However, if you read those studies, you will see that careful reviews of the product and large test groups have shown that glyphosate, which is widely used on a lot of the food we eat, is indeed dangerous.
Just how dangerous? Studies have shown that Roundup may lead to a number of health problems including:
- Birth Defects
- Celiac Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Liver Disease
- Reproductive Problems
There are dozens of different health problems that are strongly correlated with those who have been heavily exposed to Roundup, or live in an area where Roundup is frequently used.
There is currently no warning label required for Roundup. The State of California has recently said they will seek a warning label.
Cancer, among those who are healthy and otherwise not exposed to dangerous chemicals, is said to be random. However, there are drugs, chemicals, and other products that can increase the risk of developing different types of cancer. Roundup is one of those chemicals that is strongly correlated to an elevated cancer risk. The World Health Organization (WHO) said in 2015 that the chemical glyphosate was probably a human carcinogen, so what cancers does this cause?
Brain Cancer – Cancers of the brain are relatively uncommon. However, there have been studies that show when one or both parents were exposed to Roundup during the 2 year period before a child’s birth, the risk of being born with brain cancer is significantly higher.
Breast Cancer – There have been some studies that indicate exposure to glyphosate can lead to mammary tumors. These studies were on animals, but the conditions are right for a human to develop cancer after prolonged exposure.
Lung Cancer – In the US Roundup isn’t as heavily used as in other countries with fewer regulations. In South America, among the small farming communities, it has been found that cancers such as lung cancer, were 2 to 4 times higher than the national average.
Prostate Cancer – Prostate cancer is more prevalent in communities with high use of Roundup.
Blood Cancer – Blood cancer is a generalized term for a variety of cancers that primarily affect the blood. These cancers include leukemia, and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). Studies show that Roundup can significantly increase the risk of these cancers.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have have been injured by Roundup (glyphosate)?
Possibly. If a manufacturer produces a dangerous or defective product, it can be held responsible to those who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has been harmed by Roundup (glyphosate), you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Roundup (glyphosate) lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.