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Roundup is the most widely used weed killer in the world. Though it is mainly used by agriculture, it’s also used by gardeners, homeowners and almost everybody who wants to get rid of weeds in their garden or other places. Roundup’s active herbicidal ingredient is glyphosate, a chemical herbicide developed by Monsanto and introduced in 1974.
A recent United States Geological Survey study showed glyphosate is present in a majority of U.S. water sources, including our streams, rivers and rain. It can be found in our food, but the main source of dangerous glyphosate exposure is from working in an industry such as agriculture or landscaping where you use Roundup to kill weeds.
A recent article in Newsweek states that use of glyphosate weed killer has increased 15-fold since Monsanto introduced genetically modified seeds like corn and soybeans that produce Roundup-resistant crops. Before the introduction of GMO seeds, Roundup would kill the crops along with the weeds.[[i]] Since the introduction of these GMO seeds in 1996, glyphosate has become the most widely used agricultural chemical in world history. But now, twenty years after use of the herbicide skyrocketed, weeds have evolved that are resistant to glyphosate poisoning. Unfortunately, humans have not evolved in the past 20 years to withstand the poisonous effects of what has been called a world “awash in glyphosate.”
Is Roundup Carcinogenic?
According to a paper published in April 2014 in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health entitled “Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Occupational Exposure to Agricultural Pesticide Chemical Groups and Active Ingredients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” there is a positive relationship between occupational use of glyphosate herbicides and NHL. The article was a review of carefully selected research from around the world done over almost three decades. Research studies included were carefully selected to limit results to occupational exposure. The paper concluded that low-income countries that were not represented need to also be evaluated for the relationship between occupational exposure to certain chemicals and NHL. The studies found that there is a positive relationship between occupational exposure to Roundup weed killer and NHL.
Most recently, a study completed by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found a probable association between glyphosate use and NHL. The IARC classifies compounds in groups according to increasing evidence that they are carcinogenic. Group 1 is definitely carcinogenic to humans. Group 2A is probably carcinogenic, and 2B is possibly carcinogenic, depending on the evidence available. Group 3 is nonclassifiable, and Group 4 is not carcinogenic. Monsanto Roundup is in Group 2A, probably carcinogenic to humans. IARC rejects industry-sponsored studies for its assessments. Monsanto’s chief technology officer, Rob Fraley, accused the World Health Organization’s IARC study of cherry picking, possibly because the report did not include industry-sponsored tests.
In response to the IARC report, the European Food Safety Agency released a report a few months later whose findings were opposite. Moreover, the EFSA report suggested that acceptable levels of glyphosate exposure for populations in the European Union be increased by 66-percent. However, participants in this study, which found that glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer, remained anonymous, and the studies that they reviewed were industry-sponsored. This lack of transparency led to widespread skepticism of the EFSA study results on the part of European scientists.
Monsanto’s glyphosate patent expired in 2000. Now, many companies around the world manufacture the chemical. However, glyphosate still plays a major role in Monsanto’s profits. According to published earnings for 2015, Monsanto makes far more profit from selling and licensing GMOs than it does from glyphosate, but the GMOs it sells are glyphosate tolerant.
Perhaps because billions of dollars in profit a year are at stake, Monsanto has ferociously defended the safety of glyphosate in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary. Last January, Monsanto filed a lawsuit against the state of California in response to California’s Statement of Intent to list glyphosate as a carcinogen under Proposition 65 and require mandatory labeling warning of the risk of cancer. Prop 65 also prohibits carcinogens from being discharged into drinking water. One study done by Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse showed that 70 percent of our drinking water in the United States contains glyphosate. According to the study, glyphosate is also found in mother’s breast milk and in many other food sources. The question remains what is a safe level of glyphosate, and who is being exposed to unsafe levels.
How Much Roundup Do You Need to Cause Cancer?
We currently have studies indicating that Roundup probably causes cancer. We also have studies that show that we are all more or less exposed to levels of glyphosate in our food, drinking water, rain and even breast milk. However, we have no studies that conclusively determine how much glyphosate exposure is safe for humans.
French molecular biologist Giles-Eric Seralini published a study on rats in 2012, which showed that GMO maize corn caused hideous tumors and other serious harm when fed to the animals over the course of two years. Since the seed has been altered to help the plant withstand any toxicity imposed by Roundup, it is fair to say the seed is considered Roundup ready. Monsanto is the primary manufacturer of GMO seed. Previous industry-sponsored glyphosate toxicity studies on rats averaged 90 days. The Seralini study contended that this was not enough time to assess the long-term effect of the GMO food.
After an outcry by scientists and the GMO food industry over the next year, the study was retracted in 2013. The journal that published it, Food and Chemical Toxicology, issued a statement that, while the study was not fraudulent, the results were inconclusive. However, the Seralini study was published in Environmental Sciences Europe in 2014. This republication, which is available for public scrutiny, allows us to draw our own conclusions about the study results.
We don’t yet have sufficient conclusive evidence to determine exactly how glyphosate permeation of our rain, drinking water, breast milk, food and environment will affect our long-term health and that of our children. However, the recent World Health Organization’s IARC study points to a simple fact: glyphosate probably causes cancer in humans who are exposed over a prolonged period.
Farmers are a group who enjoy above-average overall health. But recently, farmers and others who have occupational exposure to glyphosate have a higher than average incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Because of this and recent evidence that glyphosate causes NHL, farmers, agricultural workers and others who use Roundup weed killer regularly and have been diagnosed with NHL have filed lawsuits against Monsanto.
A Roundup Law Firm Will Fight For Your Case
Farmers, agricultural workers and others who have used Roundup and have NHL filed lawsuits around the United States alleging:
- Strict liability (design defect)
- Strict liability (failure to warn)
- Breach of implied warranties
- Breach of express warranty
The lawsuits are now consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, with Judge Vince Chhabria presiding. Monsanto opposed MDL but has lost this battle and will be facing a federal judge in the state that it recently sued.
Have You or Somebody You Love Been Injured by Roundup Weed Killer?
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with glyphosate cancer, you need to talk to an attorney now. Isaacs & Isaacs toxic tort lawyers will fight hard to hold Monsanto accountable for the injury it has caused to you and your family. We are on call around-the-clock to respond rapidly in your crisis. Call 800-800-8888 without delay to speak with an Isaacs & Isaacs Roundup lawsuit attorney.