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In March of 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that there is sufficient evidence to classify glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup®, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Farmers, landscapers, homeowners and others who have used or been exposed to Roundup® or other glyphosate products may be at risk for developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other forms of cancer.
Monsanto, Roundup’s® manufacturer, faces a growing number of lawsuits from individuals claiming that the company knew that glyphosate was a hazard to human health and intentionally failed to warn consumers of the risk associated with using Roundup® and other similar products. Monsanto considers glyphosate to be among the safest herbicides on the planet and denies claims that Roundup® causes cancer. However, recent studies by the IARC and other researchers have shown that glyphosate products, like Roundup®, could potentially cause cancer and other serious health problems.
McDonald Law Firm is currently investigating claims by individuals who have suffered severe injury after exposure to Roundup® or other glyphosate products. If you are suffering or have lost a loved one, we encourage you to contact us today to find out how you can hold Monsanto or other manufacturers responsible for jeopardizing your life and livelihood. You may be able to seek compensation for related injuries and losses, including:
What is glyphosate?
Which weed killers contain glyphosate?
Does Roundup® cause cancer?
Who is most at risk?
What types of cancer are involved?
What studies link glyphosate and cancer?
Is there a glyphosate ban?
Did Monsanto put profit over public safety?
Is a Roundup® lawsuit right for you?
Do you need a Roundup® lawyer?
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Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® and other common weed killers, is a broad-spectrum, non-selective herbicide, which means that it will kill most plants exposed to it. It is also the most heavily-used agricultural chemical ever.
Discovered in the 1970s, glyphosate is commonly used to combat weeds that affect agricultural crops, forests, lawns, gardens, and some aquatic settings. Glyphosate works by blocking specific enzymes to prevent plants from making proteins needed for growth.
Roundup’s® soaring popularity can be attributed to Monsanto’s mid-1990’s introduction of genetically-modified (GMO) glyphosate-resistant crops, which are engineered to survive spraying of glyphosate weed-killers. Corn, soy, cotton and many other crops are marketed by Monsanto as “Roundup® Ready” – meaning they can be sprayed with Roundup® or similar herbicide during their growing season.
Also, the mass spraying of glyphosate products like Roundup® has led to an abundance of glyphosate-resistant weeds, which in turn, require additional applications of glyphosate herbicides to kill.
Roundup® is not the only weed killer that uses glyphosate. A number companies manufacture herbicides containing glyphosate. In the U.S., more than 250 million pounds of glyphosate is sprayed yearly on crops, forests, commercial nurseries, parks, golf courses, lawns, driveways, and sidewalks. About 100 million pounds are applied yearly to U.S. farms and lawns alone.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) convened a panel of 17 international scientists from 11 countries to perform an in-depth study of all publicly available information about glyphosate. After this year-long review the panel published their findings in the IARC Monograph on Glyphosate. Information from IARC monographs are used by national health agencies as scientific support for their actions to prevent exposure to potential carcinogens such as glyphosate.
The IARC classified glyphosate in Group 2A, concluding that it is a probable human carcinogen.
In some countries, Roundup® contains polyoxyethylene amine (POEA), an added ingredient, or adjuvant that increases the effectiveness of glyphosate. Some toxicologist believe that, because of added POEA, Roundup® can be even more toxic than glyphosate alone.
If you have developed cancer or other serious illness after exposure to Roundup® or other glyphosate product, protect yourself and your family by finding out if you are eligible for a Roundup® lawsuit.
Individuals who have been exposed to Roundup® or other glyphosate products by getting it on their skin, in their eyes, or inhaling it during use may be most at risk.
Numerous studies by independent researchers have identified a causal association between Roundup’s® main ingredient, glyphosate, and various forms of cancer.
Laboratory studies have indicated that glyphosate can damage DNA and chromosomes in human cells. This type of damage could lead to the development of cancer. Additionally, some studies have demonstrated an increased rate of cancerous tumors in mice and rats after exposure to glyphosate. The forms of cancer identified were rare, and unlikely to occur by themselves, adding to the evidence that glyphosate may have caused them.
Research has also shown that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor, meaning that it interferes with the proper functioning and production of hormones, in human cell lines.
Plaintiffs in several lawsuits against Monsanto claim that the agricultural giant knew that glyphosate could be carcinogenic, but hid those risks from consumers for years as sales of Roundup® skyrocketed. A number of lawsuits have been filed in federal court by plaintiffs alleging that Roundup® caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a common and potentially deadly blood cancer.
“Agriculture productivity products” like Roundup® account for about a third of Monsanto’s annual revenue. In 2015 alone, Roundup® and other herbicides reportedly generated over $4 billion in revenue for Monsanto.
If you or a loved one was exposed to Roundup® or other glyphosate product and developed non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or other cancer, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.
Recklessly placed a dangerous chemical into the market;
Spearheaded a prolonged campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the public that Roundup® is safe;
Knowingly promoted a chemical that can be a carcinogen; and
Failed to warn the public of the dangers of exposure to glyphosate.
The last thing you need to worry about is how to pay for an attorney when you are juggling medical bills, time off work, etc. At McDonald Law firm, we’ll handle your Roundup® lawsuit on a contingency basis, which means there are never any out-of-pocket fees or expenses. We only get paid if we win compensation for you ― either through settlement or a trial.
Dealing with health problems caused by a dangerous product can be expensive and exhausting. Medical bills and lost wages only add to the stress and frustration of recovering from a debilitating illness or injury. Sometimes filing a lawsuit is the only way to reduce financial strain and help alleviate emotional pain and suffering.
Plaintiffs across the country claim that that agro-giants like Monsanto have known of the risks associated with glyphosate, but continue to market potentially dangerous products like Roundup® at a rapid pace without warning consumers.
While our Roundup® lawyers can’t undo the damage that has already been done, we will do everything in our power to hold the manufacturers responsible for putting profit over consumer safety.
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Incidence of solid tumors among pesticide applicators exposed to the organophosphate insecticide diazinon in the Agricultural Health Study: an updated analysis.
2014: Public Library of Science – Alavanja, MC, Hofmann, JN, Lynch, CF et al.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk and insecticide, fungicide and fumigant use in the agricultural health study.
2013: American Journal of Epidemiology – Koutros, S, Beane, Freeman, LE et al.
Risk of total and aggressive prostate cancer and pesticide use in the Agricultural Health Study.
2011: Prostate – Band, PR, Abanto, Z, Bert, J et al.
Prostate cancer risk and exposure to pesticides in British Columbia farmers.
2009: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A – Bolognesi, C, Carrasquilla, G, Volpi, S, Solomon, KR, and Marshall, EJ.
Biomonitoring of genotoxic risk in agricultural workers from five Colombian regions: association to occupational exposure to glyphosate.
2008: International Journal of Cancer – Eriksson, M, Hardell, L, Carlberg, M, and Akerman, M.
Pesticide exposure as risk factor for non-Hodgkin lymphoma including histopathological subgroup analysis.
Pesticides residues in food 2004 Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticides Residues. Part II Toxicological.
2003: Occupational and Environmental Medicine – De Roos, AJ, Zahm, SH, Cantor, KP et al.
Integrative assessment of multiple pesticides as risk factors for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among men.
2001: Environmental Health Perspectives – Cabello, G, Valenzuela, M, Vilaxa, A et al.
A rat mammary tumor model induced by the organophosphorous pesticides parathion and malathion, possibly through acetylcholinesterase inhibition.
2001: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology – McDuffie, HH, Pahwa, P, McLaughlin, JR et al.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and specific pesticide exposures in men: cross-Canada study of pesticides and health.
2001: Cancer Causes & Control (CCC) – Waddell, BL, Zahm, SH, Baris, D et al.
Agricultural use of organophosphate pesticides and the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among male farmers (United States).
2000: Mutation Research – Hatjian, BA, Mutch, E, Williams, FM, Blain, PG, and Edwards, JW.
Cytogenetic response without changes in peripheral cholinesterase enzymes following exposure to a sheep dip containing diazinon in vivo and in vitro.
1985: Fundamental and Applied Toxicology – Parker, CM, Van Gelder, GA, Chai, EY et al.
Oncogenic evaluation of tetrachlorvinphos in the B6C3F1 mouse.
1979: National Cancer Institute Carcinogenesis Technical Report Series – Carcinogenesis Program (National Cancer Institute (US)
Bioassay of parathion for possible carcinogenicity.
This is not an exhaustive list of all studies and events related to glyphosate and cancer or other serious conditions.
Many countries have restricted or banned the use of Roundup® and other glyphosate products after mounting scientific evidence points to a connection between the herbicide and cancer.
Argentina: 30,000 Doctors in Argentina Demand that Glyphosate (Monsanto Roundup®) Be Banned
Belgium: Belgian ministers take action in EU weed killer dispute
Bermuda: Bermuda Suspends Glyphosate-Ridden Monsanto Roundup® Indefinitely
Brazil: Brazil’s Public Prosecutor Wants to Ban Monsanto’s Chemicals Following Recent Glyphosate-Cancer Link
Colombia: Colombia to ban coca spraying herbicide glyphosate
El Salvador: El Salvador Government Bans Roundup® over Deadly Kidney Disease
France: French ban on GMO maize cultivation gets final approval
Germany: German Ministers Call for EU-Wide Ban on Monsanto’s Deadly Glyphosate Herbicide (Roundup®)
Italy: The Netherlands, France, Italy And Sweden Block Vote To Renew Monsanto’s Glyphosate License, Calling For Further Safety Assessments
Malta: Malta Set to Become First European Country to Fully Ban Glyphosate
Mexico: International Tribunal Demands GM Maize Ban in Mexico
Peru: Peru approves 10 year ban on GM crops
Portugal: Global Ban on Glyphosate Called for by Portuguese Medical Association President
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s Newly Elected President Bans Glyphosate (Monsanto Roundup®) – Deadly Chronic Kidney Disease Increased 5-Fold
Sweden: The Netherlands, France, Italy And Sweden Block Vote To Renew Monsanto’s Glyphosate License, Calling For Further Safety Assessments
Switzerland: Concerned about public wellbeing, the Swiss supermarket chains Migros and Coop removed glyphosate-based products from their shelves due to health risks.
The Netherlands: Netherlands Bans Monsanto’s Roundup® to Protect Citizens from Carcinogenic Glyphosate