Health Risks Associated with Using Roundup to Kill Weeds
Homeowners, farm workers, and gardeners are familiar with the problem of dealing with unwanted weeds and pests. Insects and weeds can quickly take over a yard or crop quickly killing the healthy plants and grass. Roundup, manufactured and distributed by Monsanto, is a common product used to control pests and weeds throughout the United States. Sadly, this chemical has been linked to an increased risk of certain health conditions. Litigation against the company is pending.
What are Some of the Health Risks Associated with Using Roundup?
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified one of the key components of Roundup, glyphosate, as a potential cancer-causing chemical. The WHO concluded there was sufficient scientific evidence to conclude there was DNA damage in the peripheral blood of individuals exposed to the chemical. Government agencies in the United States have found the evidence to be insufficient to support the allegations that glyphosate is linked to a higher risk of developing cancer. Even though many of the studies have followed exposure to farm workers, the chemical is being traced to foods that Americans consume each day, including baby foods.
Some studies have linked the use of Roundup, containing glyphosate, to cancers such as Hairy Cell Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. However, the most troubling link seems to be the one between the chemical and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). NHL is a blood cancer that can prevent the body from fighting off infections because it grows in lymphocytes (white blood cells). Some forms of NHL develop over the years without noticeable symptoms, but other forms of NHL can be very aggressive and deadly.
Roundup Lawsuits Filed in the United States
After numerous lawsuits were filed in the U.S. alleging a link between Roundup and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, the courts created a multidistrict litigation case to handle the claims. Even though many of the lawsuits involve farm workers exposed to Roundup, some gardeners also filed lawsuits claiming damages from using the chemical in their gardens.
A Serious Question for Government Agencies and The American Public
As the litigation against Monsanto, the company that produces Roundup, continues, the FDA announced it would resume testing foods to determine if the foods contain levels of the weed-killing chemical. However, that is not the only thing Americans need to be worried about regarding Monsanto.
Monsanto is responsible for the genetic modification of many crops throughout the country. During the past 20 years, the company has genetically modified soybeans, corn, and cotton to make the crops easier to spray with the chemical. Some estimates state that over 220 million pounds of glyphosate have been used in the United States alone since 2015.
Contact a Roundup Lawsuit Attorney
If you or a loved one has developed cancer after being exposed to Roundup, you might be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your injuries. It is very important that you contact our defective product attorneys to discuss your case as soon as possible. The time to file a claim is limited by law.
Contact the nationwide Roundup litigation lawyers of The Fox Law Firm, P.C. in Dallas, TX for a free consultation by calling 1-866-FOX-FIRM or 1-866-369-3476. Our defective product lawyers will evaluate your claim and provide legal counsel regarding your options for seeking compensation for your damages from the manufacturer of Roundup.
“Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents.” The New York Times. Danny Hakim. March 14, 2017.
“FDA Resumes Testing Foods For Weed Killer, Safety Questions Grow.” Huffington Post. Carey Gillam. June 8, 2017.