Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world and manufactured by
Monsanto, now appears to significantly increase cancer risks. Monsanto,
a St. Louis-based agribusiness giant, has faced numerous allegations through
the years regarding Roundup, which has a primary ingredient of glyphosate—a “probable human carcinogen.” In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded—after
numerous studies of glyphosate exposure in many nations—the chemical
can cause cancer in human beings. In what is certainly not a surprise,
Monsanto officials vigorously disputed these findings.
Roundup and Genetically Modified Crops
Roundup has been around since the 1970’s; however, it was not until
the 1990’s when sales skyrocketed, after the introduction of “Roundup
Ready” crops. These seeds are genetically engineered to resist the
effects of Roundup, allowing farmers to spray it liberally on entire fields.
Considering Roundup’s revenues in 2015 were approximately $5 billion,
it is clear why the company is strongly denying allegations that exposure
to the chemical could cause cancer. Monsanto’s claims received a
boost when the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization concluded
that there is little carcinogenic risk to humans through diet exposure
alone; however, many believe Monsanto could be offering financial incentives
to those who deny Roundup’s toxicity. What is a certainty is that
most all of us consume GMO foods regularly, probably without even being
aware of it.
Plaintiffs File Lawsuits Against Monsanto
Although politicians continue to court Monsanto, more and more of those
harmed by the toxic chemical are taking the company to court. A significant
number of lawsuits have been filed in federal court alleging Roundup exposure
was responsible for their non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. One of these
plaintiffs spent years as a child migrant worker picking fruits and vegetables
which had been sprayed with Roundup. Not realizing the potential dangers
of the chemical, she also used Roundup at her home to kill weeds. A married
mother of three from the Lone Star State was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin
lymphoma in 2014 and has since undergone two rounds of chemotherapy and
is still undergoing treatment.
Roundup Studies find Exposure Could Increase the Number of Cancer Cells
A 2016 study done by Italian and Brazilian researchers concluded glyphosate
exposure definitely increased the risk for cutaneous melanoma, while a
2013 study found that glyphosate increases the risk of breast cancer by
increasing the number of breast cancer cells via cell growth and division.
The 2013 study was published in the journal
Food and Chemical Toxicology, and also found that glyphosate fuels hormone-dependent cancer cells,
and is an endocrine disruptor, which can lead to cancerous tumors. Another
2013 peer-reviewed report in the journal
Entropy, found 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.”
Is Monsanto Being Singled Out?
Because other companies also manufacture products which contain glyphosate,
some wonder why Monsanto is apparently being targeted. Monsanto held the
patent for glyphosate for many years, and are the EPA registrant for the
chemical. Monsanto also continues to dominate the glyphosate market, plus
Roundup contains other ingredients which increase the carcinogenicity
of the glyphosate. Monsanto claims there are over 800 studies which prove
the safety of Roundup; however, email evidence appears to point to the
fact that Monsanto helped write the cancer studies on Roundup, and, even
more troubling, that EPA officials colluded to keep reports on the carcinogenic
qualities of Roundup out of the media.
If you believe exposure to Roundup resulted in your diagnosis of lymphoma
or another type of cancer, it could be extremely beneficial for you to
speak to an experienced Philadelphia class action and environmental attorney
who will ensure your rights are protected, while working for an equitable
settlement on your behalf.
To learn more about your legal options or to schedule a free consultation
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