In 1950, during his hunt for new pharmaceuticals, a Swiss chemist named Henri Martin synthesized glyphosate. Years later, Monsanto and John Franz (a Monsanto chemist), discovered the weed-killing capabilities of glyphosate and they brought it to the market as the household name we all know- Roundup. When Roundup was rolled out by Monsanto in 1974, they promoted it as being a very safe and effective weed killer for commercial, agricultural, and consumer purposes.
The demand for Monsanto's Roundup exploded after its release, with farmers, landscapers, and consumers all praising its effectiveness. There were, however, dangers of Roundup that were not recognized until further studies were ordered by the EPA roughly a decade later. These study results and side effects of glyphosate are still denied by Monsanto to this day.
In 2015, the World Health Organization officially labeled glyphosate (the main active ingredient in Roundup) as a probable carcinogen, as did the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Millions of people who have used Roundup are at risk of developing cancer, and many have already come forward to hold Monsanto accountable for causing their cancer.
Why is Roundup Still Being Used?
Roundup is still the most popular herbicide in the world, generating billions of dollars in annual revenue for Monsanto. As of 2017, over 90% of domestic soy, cotton, and corn crops were genetically engineered to be glyphosate-resistant, thanks to Monsanto's patented "Roundup Ready" seeds that were designed to genetically withstand glyphosate.
Despite health concerns, Roundup is still being used worldwide because, essentially, there isn't' indisputable proof that glyphosate causes cancer. Since the World Health Organization released its findings of glyphosate being a probable carcinogen in 2015, hundreds of individuals across the United States have stepped forward with cases claiming that Roundup caused them to develop cancers such as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The EPA has been reviewing the safety of glyphosate for years, but many question the close relationship between their regulators and Monsanto. Those questioning the EPAs relationship with Monsanto believe that science is being manipulated and reports are being doctored. Despite mounting evidence that Roundup is dangerous to humans, Monsanto denies it and the EPA has not confirmed it.
Who is at Risk of Roundup Exposure?
Any individual who has regularly used Roundup for an extended period of time is at risk of developing cancer, including:
- Garden center workers
- Plant nursery workers
- Individuals who work in their personal gardens
Glyphosate is dangerous upon inhalation, which can happen while mixing, spraying, and cleaning up. It may also be dangerous upon direct skin contact.
The Effects of Exposure to Glyphosate
Roundup has been specifically linked to the following diseases, as reported by the IARC:
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Large Diffuse B-cell Lymphoma
- Follicular Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Mantle Cell Lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
If you or a loved one has developed any of these diseases following extensive use of Monsanto's Roundup, we want to hear from you, as we may be able to help you obtain financial compensation.