Monsanto RoundUp Lawsuit
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People across the U.S. are exercising their legal rights and filing lawsuits against Roundup, the most widely used weed killer in the world. Farmers and gardeners alike have reported adverse, even deadly side effects after prolonged exposure to RoundUp from working fields and home landscaping. Scientific and medical studies have since linked the pesticide to the development of certain cancers, particularly Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
What is Roundup?
Roundup is the world’s most-used weed killer and pesticide. It is produced by Monsanto, and is used on home gardens and massive food crops alike. Monsanto also produces the most GMO crops, designed to be resistant to weed killers, than anyone in the world, totaling more than 90% of all corn, soy, and cotton crops.
What are the Health Risks Associated with Roundup Exposure?
The main ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is the product’s most worrisome component. It has been linked to the development of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a deadly blood cancer. The World Health Organization conducted its own investigation following multiple claims that Roundup was dangerous. In 2015, they declared Roundup a “probable carcinogen,” or cancer-causing agent. In 2008, The International Journal of Cancer did research of their own and found that people exposed to glyphosate were twice as likely to develop Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in their lifetime.
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a blood cancer that attacks the white blood cells or lymphocytes, which typically safeguard the body against infections. The behavior of this cancer varies and can be slow to develop, sometimes not showing symptoms for years. However, other cases have cited the cancer as aggressive and quick.
Studies also found Roundup led to the development of other cancers, like leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Farmworkers and those exposed to the chemical on a regular basis were found to be the highest at risk. Anyone exposed to glyphosate either by spraying it, breathing while it is being sprayed near you, mixing the chemical, cleaning up the chemical, or drinking or eating anything exposed to glyphosate, could be at risk.
Consumers May Also Be At Risk
When Roundup is sprayed on crops to kill pests and weeds, it invariably must also be sprayed onto the food it is aiming to protect. The food exposed to high levels of Roundup then, of course, contains traces of the main ingredient, the dangerous glyphosate. Studies seem to indicate exposure to the chemical through food or drink is not as dangerous as workers or gardeners exposed to the chemical physically, and on a regular basis, however it still can be a health threat. The FDA’s food safety laboratory conducted studies to find out which foods may pose the biggest threat from glyphosate exposure. The study found popular foods, such as Oreos, Doritos, and Ritz Crackers, to be some of the foods with the highest levels of glyphosate.
The Monsanto Roundup Lawsuits
A multidistrict litigation, also called a mass tort, has moved against Roundup for the cause of various cancers. The majority of those filing lawsuits are farmworkers and gardeners who worked with RoundUp on a regular basis for a prolonged period of time, leading to the development of cancer. The claim argues that Monsanto failed to warn the public about the health risks from Roundup use, and failed to formulate and produce a safe product. Some sources go so far as to argue that Monsanto knew of the health risks Roundup posed, including the link to the development of cancer, for at least 30 years, but continued to manufacture and sell the product. Monsanto earns billions of dollars each year as a result of Roundup.
If you or a loved one fell ill after exposure to Roundup, contact our attorneys at Richard Schwartz & Associates, P.A. Our firm has over 30 years of legal experience, and we are passionate about advocating for victims’ rights. We understand how frustrating it is to be harmed by another person or company’s carelessness or negligence, and our competent lawyers can help you fight for justice.