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Roundup Herbicide linked to serious health risks

A monocrop monopoly

One of the largest and most profitable companies in the world today is the gigantic agricultural/chemical corporation Monsanto, which has offices in 68 countries and 32 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

In 2016, Monsanto posted revenue of $13.5 billion.

Monsanto is an “agricultural/chemical” corporation – sometimes called an “agrochemical” corporation, or an “agricultural biotechnology” corporation. Think about that for a second.

The company that is one of the world’s largest producers of chemicals is also one of the world’s largest producers of seeds and food.

That should give anyone pause.

Monsanto’s identity as a chemical company and Monsanto’s identity as a seed company are inseparable. Another way to put it is that, when Monsanto sells its seed to farmers, it’s also selling its chemicals.

The Roundup gambit

The single most successful product that Monsanto has ever developed is Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world today. And the way that Monsanto achieved world domination with Roundup is utterly brilliant. It is also, in our opinion, utterly malicious.

Roundup’s active ingredient is a powerful, phosphorus-based compound called glyphosate, which is extremely effective at killing plants. Monsanto has been selling Roundup since 1974. And even though the company’s patent for the compound has run out, Roundup has so dominated the herbicide market that it has become the default herbicide for agriculture, industry, and home use.

Roundup is also highly, highly toxic to people and animals.

Once Roundup was fully entrenched as the industry’s leading herbicide, Monsanto embarked on Step 2 of its plan: the mass-scale production and sale of crop seeds that had been genetically engineered to be resistant to Roundup.

First, dominate the herbicide market with a powerful poison.

Then, sell seeds that are “Roundup-ready” – resistant to toxic glyphosate.

See? It was an ingenious idea. Too bad that it wound up causing so much harm to crops, people, and the environment.

Roundup and lymphoma

Herbicides can be nasty customers, and glyphosate is no different. This is a chemical compound that has been linked to a wide variety of serious health ailments, including but not limited to:

• Alzheimer’s disease
• Anencephaly (a serious cranial birth defect)
• Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
• Autism
• Brain cancer
• Breast cancer
• Depression
• Diabetes
• Heart disease
• Kidney disease
• Multiple sclerosis
• Parkinson’s disease

In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) officially classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic in humans.”

One of the most common – and most serious – diseases to be linked with Roundup/glyphosate is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system, which is a crucial part of the immune system. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can strike people of any age.

The most common symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma include:

• chest pain or pressure
• enlarged lymph nodes
• shortness of breath
• coughing spells
• swollen abdomen
• weight loss
• night sweats
• fatigue
• anemia (low red blood cell count)
• fever
• feeling full after eating small amounts of food

The fatality rate for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is high. Of the 70,000 people who the American Cancer Society estimates were diagnosed with this disease in 2016, about 20,000 of them will die of it.

Farmers, agricultural workers, and nursery workers who are exposed to Roundup on a regular and prolonged basis are at an elevated risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Roundup lymphoma and the law

All of this agrichemical messing around boils down to two things:

• Roundup has been linked to a whole host of serious health ailments.
• If your health has been negatively affected by exposure to Roundup, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit against Monsanto.

If you’re seeking justice for your Roundup-related ailments, consider these facts:
• Monsanto, as one of the largest and most profitable corporations in the country, wields enormous political influence. For this reason, no recall of Roundup has ever been issued, despite the numerous warning signs.
• No class action suit has ever been filed against Monsanto over Roundup, and it is unlikely that a class action suit ever will be filed against Monsanto over Roundup.
• It is unlikely that Monsanto will pay out any settlements over allegations that Roundup has caused health problems.

That leaves one option for anyone whose health has been compromised by Roundup:

File a lawsuit as part of a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) case. This type of lawsuit consolidates a group of similar cases to ease the burden on the courts, but the verdict and award in each case is decided independently.

We believe that the tide is turning against Monsanto. Too many people have filed too many claims that Roundup has caused their non-Hodgkins lymphoma, their breast cancer, their Alzheimer’s disease.

Too many international, federal, and state agricultural agencies are coming forward to speak out about the long-term dangers of Roundup and glyphosate.

Too much damage has been done.

If you’ve been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and you believe that Roundup may be the cause, the attorneys at want to hear from you.

We’ve been handling product liability cases for a long time, and we know how to win them.

Call us today to learn how we can help you with your case.

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