Roundup is a common weed killer used by millions of homeowners. Recently, we have seen countless lawsuits filed by home gardeners and farmers alike pop up all over the United States because of serious illnesses caused by the popular herbicide. The main ingredient found in Roundup, glyphosate, has been linked to the development of many different types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Unfortunately, an estimated 250 million pounds of Roundup is sprayed in nurseries, gardens, and crops throughout the country every single year.
The Dangers of Roundup
Roundup is Monsanto’s go-to weed killer, which raises concerns in itself. In the last year, several poignant lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto, and juries are finding the American agrochemical company guilty. In the most recent case, a jury awarded plaintiff Edward Hardeman $80 million in damages after finding that Roundup was the reason he got cancer. According to the transcript, Monsanto was aware that Roundup carries carcinogenic risks but did nothing to warn the public.
While Roundup is intended to combat weeds and other unwanted garden and yard visitors, the chemicals found in the herbicide are incredibly dangerous. As the most widely used weed killer worldwide, the fact that Roundup has been linked to cancer is shocking to say the least. The first reports of illnesses caused by the herbicide lead to the World Health Organization conducting a study that looked at the potential health risks of Roundup. In 2015, they found that glyphosate was indeed a possible carcinogen. Following the study, Monsanto performed their own research, eventually stating they believed their product was safe. However, it was discovered that the data they used to support this claim was falsified.
Roundup May Cause Cancer
The International Journal of Cancer found that individuals who used Roundup regularly were twice as likely to get non-Hodgkin lymphoma than those who did not. A blood cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma is the most commonly developed disease following exposure to glyphosate. In addition to this type of cancer, Roundup has been linked to diseases such as:
- B-cell lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
If you are someone who has been exposed to Roundup on a daily basis, it is important you understand your rights. These individuals are at a much higher risk of developing cancer, and anyone who is exposed to Roundup could be affected. As we continue to see lawsuits show up in courtrooms across the country, it is imperative we raise awareness about the dangers of Monsanto’s popular herbicide. Right now, the company is facing a mass tort because they were aware of the potential health risks of Roundup yet failed to warn the public. As leading personal injury lawyers, we are here to help you understand your rights and stand up to Monsanto. If you or someone you love has developed cancer after using Roundup, please contact Atkins & Markoff today so we can get started on your case.