Roundup weed killer
Roundup Weed Killer is an herbicide developed in the 1970s by the Monsanto Company that contains the active ingredient glyphosate. Roundup Weed Killer was initially developed for small-scale use and became widely available for homeowners, gardeners, and small-scale farmers. Monsanto’s Roundup is the most widely used weedkiller in the United States, with an estimated 283 million pounds per year sprayed throughout the United States. Monsanto was the sole manufacturer of glyphosate-based herbicides from 1974 until 2000, when its U.S. patent on glyphosate expired. The company earned $4.8 billion in revenue in 2015 from its sales of Roundup.
Monsanto marketed Roundup as being a safe product for decades, even though the company allegedly knew that a Roundup cancer link existed, along with and a host of other serious health issues. The product contains the herbicide glyphosate, which the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) now warns may cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. Glyphosate is a small compound that has been sold as the active ingredient in herbicide formulations since 1974. It is marketed as having no effect in animals because it is designed to specifically inhibit an enzymatic pathway required for protein synthesis—and thereby, growth—unique to plants.
In July of 2015, the IARC determined that the glyphosate is a Group 2 agent “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The IARC specifically linked exposure to Roundup to non-Hodgkin lymphoma (including its various subtypes such as lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, hairy cell leukemia, and others). Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (also known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL, or sometimes just lymphoma) is a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. Exposure can occur in any one of several ways, including inhalation and direct skin contact.
As of this time, there has not been a recall of Roundup as a result of its link to cancer. Monsanto has continued to assert that Roundup, which is registered in 130 countries and approved for use on more than 100 crops, is safe and not linked to cancer, despite studies suggesting the contrary.
As of September 2018, more than 570 lawsuits were pending in federal court against Monsanto by individuals claiming to have suffered cancer from exposure to Roundup.
How Can We Help?
If you have ever been exposed to glyphosate, Roundup or both, and have developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma or one of its subtypes, you may be entitled to compensation from the product’s manufacturer. Call our office for a free consultation.