NATIONAL—Roundup is the focus of a new toxic tort lawsuit emerging this past year. According to experts, it’s gearing up to become the biggest mass tort action since asbestos.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a specialized intergovernmental agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), found glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic,” as it caused cancer in lab tests on animals and damaged DNA in human cells. The agency’s findings specifically linked exposure to Roundup to non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), (including its various subtypes such as lymphocytic lymphoma / chronic lymphocytic leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, hairy cell leukemia, and others). While Monsanto still maintains that Roundup is safe to use, more than 1,100 lawsuits have been filed throughout the country on behalf of agricultural laborers and gardeners suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using glyphosate.
♦ WHAT IS ROUNDUP? ♦
Monsanto’s Roundup is one of the most popular herbicides in the world, used by millions of homeowners, farmers, agricultural workers, and landscapers to kill weeds that damage crops. Monsanto discovered the herbicidal properties of glyphosate and began marketing Roundup® widely in the mid-1970s. Monsanto was the sole manufacturer of glyphosate-based herbicides from 1974 until 2000, when its U.S. patent on glyphosate expired.
♦ ROUNDUP’S “PROBABLY CARCINOGENIC” ACTIVE INGREDIENT ♦
Glyphosate is a chemical that disrupts a specific enzyme pathway necessary for most plants to live. However, the genetically modified seeds produced by Monsanto are specifically designed to withstand products containing glyphosate, thereby creating Monsanto’s stranglehold on both facets of the agricultural industry. Because only Monsanto crops are resistant to its own herbicide, Roundup and Monsanto’s genetically modified crops have worked hand in hand in creating a monopoly on agricultural growth. Therefore, as Monsanto’s control over the GMO market increases, so does the use of Roundup. A U.S. Geological survey on glyphosate usage estimates that 2.6 billion pounds of herbicide has been used on land over the last two decades. As a result, Roundup’s carcinogenic exposure in the United States is immeasurable.
♦ INJURIES AND SIDE EFFECTS ♦
The most serious side effect from exposure to glyphosate (Roundup’s main ingredient) is the development of cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. The individuals most at risk for developing cancer are farm workers and other individuals with workplace exposure to the herbicide, such as employees in garden centers, nurseries, and landscapers. Individuals are exposed to glyphosate from breathing it while spraying, mixing or cleanup, or through drinking water or eating food contaminated with it.
♦ THE LAWSUITS ♦
Since the International Agency for Research on Cancer confirmed that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen, more than a thousand Roundup users suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have filed lawsuits against the company.
In Nebraska, farmers filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto. Lawsuits were also filed by a Kona Coffee farm owner in Hawaii, and a widow of a California farmer. Likewise, an agricultural worker diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and who was regularly exposed to Roundup over the past 40 years, recently filed a product liability and personal injury lawsuit against Monsanto in the United States District Court of Florida for failing to provide adequate warning of risks. All of these lawsuits share one thing in common: Farmers used Monsanto Roundup Weed Killer for years believing it was safe, and were eventually diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Monsanto continues to fight these lawsuits, claiming that their product is safe. In fact—to the dismay of many—Monsanto went as far as to file a lawsuit of their own against California, alleging that the state wrongly listed glyphosate as a carcinogen under their Proposition 65 law.
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with any form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using or being exposed to Roundup, you should contact our law firm immediately. Call TRIPP LAW FIRM – Personal Injury Law at (727)398-2900 in Pinellas/Pasco, (352)610–1080 in Hernando/Citrus, and (941)479-0201 in Manatee/Sarasota, for an immediate, confidential case evaluation. There is NO Fee and NO Costs if we do not obtain a Recovery for YOU!
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Anjelica Cappellino, Lawsuits Allege Link Between Roundup Weed Killer and Cancer, THE EXPERT INSTITUTE (Nov. 22, 2016), available at https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/lawsuits-allege-link-between-roundup-weed-killer-and-cancer-how-can-experts-help/.