The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com are increasingly concerned about the effects of the popular weed killer Roundup on human health. Roundup is made by Monsanto, which has produced chemical-based herbicides and other toxic products for more than 40 years. Roundup controls weeds, grasses and broadleaf plants from farmland to home gardens and is the most popular weed killer in the world. Monsanto has been producing Roundup since the 1970s. Its use and popularity grew in the 1990s when Monsanto introduced “Roundup Ready” crops, which were genetically engineered to resist herbicides.
Roundup accounted for an estimated one-third of Monsanto’s $15.8 billion in sales in 2014. In 2015 Monsanto received revenue of nearly $5 billion for Roundup. It was also Monsanto’s biggest money-maker in 2016.
Many scientific studies in the U.S. and around the world have linked exposure to glyphosate to cancer. Many users of Roundup who developed cancer claim their cancer is the result of using Roundup.
Roundup’s main ingredient is glyphosate, a chemical which the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) described as a “probable human carcinogen.” In March of 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” and the IARC reported lab tests showed that glyphosate caused cancer in animals. In 2016, the IARC conducted worldwide studies of exposure to glyphosate, and concluded that glyphosate can cause cancer in humans.
Monsanto disputes these findings. It says Roundup is safe and does not cause cancer. Its defense of Roundup was supported when the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), concluded that glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet.”
After this report supporting its defense, Monsanto stated on its website that: “We welcome this rigorous assessment of glyphosate by a program of the WHO, which is further evidence that this important herbicide does not cause cancer.” Many studies in the U.S. and worldwide link glyphosate to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers. A 2016 research study in Italy and Brazil concluded that exposure to glyphosate increases the risk for cutaneous melanoma.
A 2013 peer-reviewed report noted that glyphosate residues “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease.” There are now lawsuits pending that allege that Roundup caused the plaintiff’s cancer.
A growing number of Americans who developed cancer after using or being exposed to Roundup are suing Monsanto for their injuries. At least 25 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts by plaintiffs alleging that Roundup more likely than not caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a common and potentially deadly blood cancer.
Despite Roundup’s record of cancer risks, Monsanto provides no warning to those who purchase or use Roundup that it is a potential carcinogen.
One law firm has filed at least four lawsuits against Monsanto on behalf of seven injured plaintiffs in federal court(s) in Fresno [Mendoza], Los Angeles, Chicago, and Nebraska. The same law firm represents three plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Monsanto in Delaware state court.
The two goals of these lawsuits, according to the law firm, are: 1) to obtain a court order that Monsanto must pay damages to the injured plaintiffs for the cancer and other injuries which they claim resulted from their use of Roundup, and 2) to force Monsanto to stop using glyphosate or at least order Monsanto to post accurate warnings of its product’s cancer risks.
Forty plaintiffs have sued Monsanto in Alameda County Superior Court in California based on their severe physical problems, including cancer, which they claim resulted from their use of Roundup.
Monsanto marketed Roundup to them as “safe”. Their lawsuit claims that Roundup is linked to and caused their cancer. They allege that Monsanto "repeatedly proclaimed and continues to proclaim … that its glyphosate-based herbicides, including Roundup, create no unreasonable risks to human health or to the environment."
Monsanto asserts that its Roundup helps farmers and homeowners to control weeds in a variety of situations, from farmland to backyards. It claims Roundup poses no unreasonable risk to people, the environment, or pets, it ensures healthier crops, and it doesn’t affect the environment. However, In his “Food and Medicine” publication, Dr. Axe reports here that “Monsanto is potentially killing us.”
If you have been exposed to Roundup and have developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, contact the attorneys at TheLawFirm.com for a free consultation.
A judge in California has tentatively ruled that California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat! Monsanto, of course, insists that the chemical has no risk to people. If California follows through, it will be the first State to do so.
Monsanto sued California, claiming that California had illegally based their decision to warn consumers based on information from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This agency is based in France and is a branch of the U.N. World Health Organization. It labeled Roundup as a “probable human carcinogen.”
Monsanto was worried that many consumers would see the labels and stop buying Roundup. They plan on challenging the tentative ruling.
California regulators are waiting for the formal ruling before moving forward with the warning. Once a chemical is added to a list of probable carcinogens, the manufacturer has a year before it must attach the label.
TheLawFirm.com strongly supports this requirement. Have you ever seen the video of the Monsanto spokesperson claiming Roundup is safe to drink and then turning green when offered a glass?
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