What You Should Know About Roundup

What You Should Know About Roundup

Roundup is a widely-used herbicide that thousands of farmers, landscapers, gardeners and homeowners have used for more than 40 years.

The product was released to the public by its parent company, Monsanto, in 1974. Monsanto is the company that aided in the creation of Agent Orange, which was used in the Vietnam War.

The use of Roundup grew exponentially when the company developed genetically modified seeds which enabled farmers to spray Roundup on fields without destroying crops in 1996. These crops are called “Roundup Ready” GMO crops.

By the Numbers

  • Nearly 1.4 billion pounds of the weed killer is used each year
  • American glyphosate exposure increased by 500% when Roundup Ready crops were introduced
  • 8 billion tons of glyphosate have been used in the U.S. since 1974

Researchers and Roundup’s Link to Cancer

Over the years, many organizations and researchers have debated whether Roundup use is linked to cancer, particularly non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The EPA stated glyphosate was a potential carcinogen in 1985, but redacted this statement years later. In 2015, The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer stated that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans.

For the organizations that deemed that Roundup is not a carcinogen, there is a debate that the research used has been manipulated. In fact, Bayer has spent millions of dollars lobbying on behalf of their products.

How Much Does Glyphosate Increase Cancer Risks?

According to a  2019 study from the University of Washington, glyphosate increases cancer risks by 41%. Researchers have reviewed all published studies of the effect glyphosate has on humans to reach this conclusion.

Is Glyphosate Banned in Certain Areas? 

Several countries, including France, Italy, The Netherlands and Vietmam to name a few, have banned glyphosate. Various cities in the U.S. have also banned glyphosate, including Los Angeles, California and Key West, Florida.

Thousands Pursue Claims Against Parent Company for Failing to Warn of Dangers

Nearly 11,000 Americans have lawsuits against Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto in 2018. People claim that Monsanto knew about the serious cancer risks associated with the use of their products, but blatantly failed to warn the public. The company put its billions of dollars in sales ahead of consumer safety.

To help determine if you have a claim, feel free to take this short, multiple-choice Roundup quiz

Have You Been Affected? It’s Time for Justice

If you or a loved one have used Roundup products on a regular basis and have been diagnosed with lymphoma, contact The Goss Law Firm.

Give us a call today, and speak with an experienced attorney about your situation, and learn how we can help. We are here for you, and want to listen to your story and help you determine what the best course of action is during this difficult time.