What is Roundup?

Roundup (glyphosate) is an herbicide manufactured by Monsanto. It was introduced to the market in 1974 and is used by farmers, agricultural workers, and weekend gardeners throughout the United States as an all-purpose weed killer.

Since the Roundup weed killer first entered the market, Monsanto has repeatedly denied claims that Roundup causes cancer, explaining to farmers, agricultural workers, and every day gardeners that Roundup is safe. However, recent studies by researchers and the World Health Organization (“WHO”) have shown that Roundup can cause cancer and other serious health problems.

In March of 2015, the WHO surveyed the scientific research on Roundup’s cancer links and concluded the bestseller herbicide is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Research shows that Monsanto has known that Roundup weed killer is carcinogenic for several decades, but buried knowledge of those risks due to the sales of Roundup continuing to soar in both the United States and abroad.


What is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate (or N-phosphonomethyl-glycine) is one of the world’s most widely used broad-spectrum herbicides, accounting for roughly 25 percent of the world herbicide market. Glyphosate herbicide is widely used in agriculture because it is a cost-effective, easy to use compound that kills weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses which complete with crops. Glyphosate products are also used, in some countries, to control unwanted weed growth in forestry, gardening and in non-cultivated places, like industrial areas and along highways.


How Does Glyphosate Herbicide Work?

As a non-selective herbicide (a compound that will work broad-spectrum to all weeds), glyphosate works by blocking an essential pathway for plant growth. Once absorbed by the plant, glyphosate binds to and blocks the activity of an enzyme called enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (“EPSPS”). The EPSPS enzyme comes at the start of the shikimic acid pathway. By blocking this pathway, the plant cannot create certain proteins that are needed for growth.


How Can I Be Exposed to Glyphosate?

Glyphosate herbicide exposure is most common among farm workers, those living near farmland, and every day gardeners in private residences. Exposure to glyphosate herbicide can happen in a number of ways, including:

  • Contact with skin
  • Contact with eyes
  • Inhaling during usage
  • Swallowing (if you have not properly washed your hands after usage)


Could You Have A Claim Against Roundup?

  1. Do You Have a History of Exposure to Roundup Weed Killer?

If you are an individual who has regular use of this chemical, you could be at a higher risk for developing cancer.

It’s more likely that Roundup caused your cancer if you have worked as a:

  • Farmer
  • Professional and Weekend Gardener
  • Landscaper
  • Groundskeeper
  • Agriculture worker
  • Pesticide and herbicide applicator

If you have any reason to believe that you have endured a higher than average rate of weed killer exposure – even if you haven’t worked in these occupations – it’s worth finding out more.

  1. Have You Been Diagnosed With Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?

Glyphosate, the chemical used in Roundup and other weed killers, has been linked to a number of different cancers, but particularly Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Researchers have studied the link between Roundup and this cancer more thoroughly than others.


Roundup’s alleged link to cancer

Monsanto first patented glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer products, in the early 1970s and it has since grown into one of the most widely used herbicides on the market.

Roughly 75 percent of all glyphosate sprayed on crops in that time occurred within the last 10 years, according to a report published in 2016 by Environmental Sciences Europe. The growth in worldwide use can largely be attributed to the onset of genetically engineered, herbicide-tolerant seeds developed by Monsanto and other seed companies and first marketed in 1996 to farmers as a safeguard to enable crops to better withstand glyphosate.

Glyphosate’s safety has been called into question for decades, including a study that found the chemical could cause tumorous cancers in laboratory animals. In 1985 the EPA labeled glyphosate as being possibly carcinogenic to humans, but the agency re-evaluated and overturned that ruling in 1991, claiming it found no evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), however, classified glyphosate as possibly carcinogenic to humans in 2015 after reviewing studies that determined the chemical caused DNA and chromosomal damage to human cells, including in community residents who suffered blood markers of chromosomal damage after glyphosate was sprayed near their homes.

After analyzing 44 research studies, including complaints of possible links between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, IARC scientists concluded that people exposed to Roundup had up to double the risk of developing the cancer — an allegation Monsanto has staunchly denied. Emails also surfaced in March 2017 suggesting that Monsanto “ghost-wrote” one paper related to glyphosate’s safety.


Types of Cancer Caused By Roundup:

  • B – cell lymphomas
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Follicular lymphoma
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Small lymphocytic lymphoma
  • Hairy cell leukemia
  • Mantle cell lymphoma
  • Marginal zone B-cell lymphomas
  • T-cell lymphomas
  • Peripheral T-cell lymphomas


Bellwether Trial Verdicts

Johnson vs. Monsanto – $289 Million

Hardeman vs. Monsanto – $80 Million

Pilliod vs. Monsanto – $2 Billion


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