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Glyphosate is the most widely-used herbicide in world history, with almost 20 percent of worldwide glyphosate use occurring right here in the United Statesi. Glyphosate weed killer residue is found in our food, breast milk, drinking water and rain, yet no studies have been done to date of the long-term effects of glyphosate permeation on a general population. However, recent studies have shown that non-Hodgkins lymphoma occurs with abnormal frequency in people who are exposed to high levels of glyphosate on a regular basis because of their occupation.
Worldwide Glyphosate Use Is Snowballing
A recent article, “Trends in Glyphosate Herbicide Use in the United States and Globally,” published in Environmental Sciences Europe,ii states that use is increasing more, not less, since weeds have developed a tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate. Farmers spray more on the crops to kill weeds that will no longer respond to a lower dosage. This is how people who are substance-addicted react after their body has developed a tolerance to the substance they’re addicted to. You use more and more of a toxic substance to get the same effect.
Before you realize what’s happening, the substance isn’t working the way it did at first, but you are dependent on it and have to use more and more in an effort to get the same effect you got from it when you started using. According to the above article, which was written by Dr. Charles Benbrook, there’s no one set of reliable data on how much glyphosate is being used worldwide or within the U.S.
According to the Benbrook study, use of glyphosate herbicide has increased almost 15 times in the United States alone since Monsanto introduced glyphosate tolerant seeds in 1996. Benbrook states that over two-thirds of the glyphosate used in the United States since 1974 has been used in the past 10 years. The total glyphosate used in the United States in 2014, according to United States Department of Agriculture data, is almost 250 million pounds. Soybeans account for almost half the glyphosate used.
Monsanto seeds now include GMO soybean seeds that are Roundup ready and also tolerate dicamba herbicide. Pets who come into contact with dicamba herbicide can suffer shortness of breath and muscle spasmsiii. Like glyphosate, dicamba has been deemed safe for humans by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The United States has the most comprehensive and accessible data on glyphosate use in the world. However, from the data available for other nations, Dr. Benbrook estimated that worldwide use of glyphosate was 1.8 billion pounds in 2014. Glyphosate use around the world has increased in the last decade, accounting for over 71 percent of total use in the 40 years since Roundup herbicide was discovered.
Monsanto published a rebuttal to the Benbrook paperiv. The anonymous Monsanto writer contends that “glyphosate safety is supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, crop residue and environmental databases ever compiled on a pesticide product.”
However, the rebuttal does not include public access to this database or any other data to support this claim.
Most scientists agree that we do not have conclusive studies to date which prove the long-term effect of environmental saturation of glyphosate and GMO food on consumers. Even those few people who can afford to feed their families organic food only will have glyphosate exposure from rain and other environmental sources.
The Food and Drug Administration is finally going to start testing for glyphosate herbicide residue in some food, after a rebuke by the Government Accountability Officev. Hopefully, because of what amounts to a public outcry that has taken place around-the-world recently, more studies will be done on the long-term effects of glyphosate on our health. We need more independent studies and more transparency.
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Agricultural Workers and Others with High Exposure to Glyphosate Have Cancer
After occupational exposure to glyphosate, hundreds of farmers, agricultural workers, landscapers, gardeners and others who now have non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have filed lawsuits against Monsanto. The lawsuits allege that Monsanto failed to warn of glyphosate toxicity, among other things. Due to recent studies that show that occupational exposure to glyphosate causes cancer, victims or their survivors are seeking justice and compensation from Monsanto.
If you’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after exposure to Roundup, you may be entitled to compensation. We realize that no amount of money will adequately compensate you for the suffering you and your family are enduring. However, by joining the hundreds of victims across the country who have filed lawsuits, you can help hold Monsanto accountable for its relentless promotion of glyphosate herbicide. Monsanto continues to show a reckless disregard for people’s safety and for the sanctity of our wildlife and of our wondrous planet. Call 502-822-5758 24/7 or fill out our form to speak with an Isaacs & Isaacs toxic tort attorney. Let’s fight for our future together before it’s too late.