Roundup is a brand name of herbicide used as a weed killer produced by Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Syngenta, and many other companies. The herbicide was invented in 1970 as part of a development project at the University of Nebraska and first marketed as Monsanto’s Roundup brand herbicide in the US in 1972. The brand was renamed Roundup in the early 1980s.
Later in 2018, German drug and chemical giant Bayer acquires Monsanto. Bayer now has all rights to weed killers including roundups such as Glyphosate in Germany.
Roundup is widely used as weed and grass killer in gardens, lawns, driveways in homes, and later used in farms, crops at larger levels. It results in it becoming the highest-selling weed killer in the US despite various Chinese and other weed killer manufacturing companies in the market.
Roundup is a herbicide that contains the glyphosate chemical. And when it comes to glyphosate exposure, there is also much controversy attached to it. Research has suggested that these chemicals when sprayed on crops, could cause a carcinogenic chemical response within our bodies, similar to that produced by tobacco. Roundup could harm the central nervous system of those who consume it.
In fact, the World Health Organization has declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen. Researchers have also detected a strong link between exposure to glyphosate and multiple types of cancer. This isn’t the first time a mass consumer product has been determined to be cancer-causing.
How dangerous is Roundup?
The effects of herbicide & pesticides on humans and animals have been extensively studied, particularly during exposure to them when growing food crops, which in many cases requires the use of these chemicals.
These chemicals can damage the liver & nervous system and cause the formation of cancer-causing compounds in the body. When applied to land, some of these chemicals can drift into homes and areas of people where they can mix with fruits and vegetables and may increase the risk of cancer.
The EPA has stated that “occupational exposure to glyphosate and other glyphosate-based chemicals(Roundup) is associated with cancer including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in humans.”Dr. M. Ganesh Subramaniam, Professor of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that the use of glyphosate-based herbicides “is associated with increases in lung cancer in male workers in the United State.”
Adverse health effects associated with glyphosate exposure include:
- Respiratory irritation
- Neurological disorders
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Genetic damage in human cells
- Pulmonary inflammation
- Mental health problems
- Breast cancer
- Skin cancer- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- DNA damage
Adverse environmental effects associated with glyphosate exposure include:
- Contaminated surface waters
- Phosphorus pollution of water bodies.
- Deficient in microorganisms
- Harmful changes in soil, potentially hindering yields of crops
- Reduction of nutrient availability for plants and organisms
- Increases in plant root pathogens
Adverse effects associated with glyphosate exposure to animals:
- Kills beneficial insects
- Reduction in number of eggs
- Abnormal shape of the organism
- Growth and survival of earthworms
Roundup Lawsuit (Summary):
Roundup lawsuits are majorly filed by farmers, home gardeners, and organic gardeners, as well as organic farmers, claiming that glyphosate has sickened them or their families.
There are adverse effects of roundup glyphosate that have been documented by mainstream science – from immunotoxicity to kidney toxicity and cognitive impairment – and lawyers claim roundup causes autism and leukemia.
If you or any of your family members have been diagnosed with leukemia after using roundup pesticide, then he or she is eligible for filing a roundup lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that the pesticide is potentially dangerous to humans. It also alleges that the government is trying to withhold information about the dangers that it has caused cancer in humans. The complaint also claims that Monsanto has been misleading about the health benefits of the pesticide Roundup because it has created false data about the weed killer that it applies to crops and food.
We have shared with you the facts and concerns we have about this product. If you think you have suffered complications due to the use of Roundup, our attorneys at Lawyer4Help can work with you to develop a proper settlement plan to obtain compensation from Monsanto.