Juries are telling us that Monsanto Roundup weed killer is a carcinogen that can cause cancer. Roundup contains glyphosate which many scientists believe causes an increased risk for the development of certain cancers, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), hairy cell leukemia, and multiple myeloma.
At first, the science on all of this was unclear. Many lawyers thought the lawsuits might be a coin toss between Montsanto/Bayer and the victims. It has not turned out that way as the most recent $2 billion verdict against Montsanto shows. Jurors are screaming that these pesticide is causing cancer and that they are mad it is even on the market.
The speculation about a Roundup settlement is running wild in August 2019. Many lawyers are projecting a settlement in a matter of weeks or months. If there is a Roundup settlement, you want to bring a claim as soon as possible because there could be problems with the statue of limitations.
If you or someone you loved had/have cancer and have been exposed to glyphosate from contact with Roundup, you may be eligible to bring a lawsuit for money damages for the needless harm that has been done to you. Call the lawyers Miller & Zois at 800-553-8082 or get a free, no-obligation online case review. What is Roundup?
Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world as a weed-killer. It is used on lawns, gardens, parks, playgrounds, and more. More than $6 billion in revenue is generated every year for its manufacturer, Monsanto. Over 250 million pounds is sprayed each year. Yet, in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a "probable human carcinogen" due to the ingredient glyphosate. Side Effects from Use
The most serious side effect of the exposure to glyphosate is cancer - non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), Leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. Farmworkers are said to be the most at-risk class for developing NHL, which is a cancer that can start anywhere in the body from white blood cells in the immune system.
Symptoms include anemia, chest pain, enlarged lymph nodes, and shortness of breath. Garden center employees are most at risk for developing leukemia after exposure, and symptoms of leukemia include chills, bleeding or easy bruising, fatigue, fever, severe infections, and recurring nose bleeds. Those at high risk for developing B-cell lymphoma are nursery employees, and the symptoms can include chills, an enlarged spleen, night sweats, pain/swelling in the head, and fever.
Certainly, anyone using this product is potentially at risk. But landscapers, gardeners, and farmers are most likely to have the most significant exposure to these pesticides. Research
In September 2003, researchers conducted a study of 3,400 farm workers in the Midwest. The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published an article, finding that higher rates of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are associated with glyphosate exposure.
A research article published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health focuses on systematic reviews and analysis of over 30 years of research on the relationship between NHL and occupational exposure to an agricultural pesticide. It found a "striking increase" in the incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphomas in the last 30 years. Further, the article finds that farmers tend to have low overall mortality rates but high rates of some cancers, which the agrochemical exposure may explain. Most importantly, it confirms that glyphosate exposure, in particular, is positively associated with a common sub-type of NHL, B-cell lymphoma.
In 2015, a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the WHO, finds glyphosate to be "probably carcinogenic" and causing cancer in lab tests on animals and damage to DNA in human cells. Now keep in mind that source here. This is the WHO. It is not some plaintiffs' lawyers with a financial incentive to blame these pesticides for cancer. The WHO is one of the most respected health organizations in the world.
In response to this, Monsanto has trotted out Dr. Donna Farmer to the media. Dr. Farmer has studied chemicals at Monsanto for over 20 years. She disagrees with these new findings of a cancer risk and says that the chemical is safe (or at least there is no data to support an association). She accuses the WHO of cherry-picking the data and interpreting studies differently than researchers who actually did the study.
Dr. Farmer says that glyphosate targets a particular enzyme in plants, which humans and animals don't have. Her long-term study shows that the chemical doesn't cause cancer.
Jurors will eventually need to decide whether Dr. Farmer or whether they believe these scientists that claim these pesticides cause.
The Environmental Protection Agency is currently in the process of evaluating glyphosate, as part of the standard procedure for chemicals every 15 years. There have also been regulation concerns about Roundup, including a bill introduced in Hawaii to ban it from public roads and parks. A bill passed in France banning it from home-gardening centers. There has also been a declaration by Denmark's Working Environmental Authority warning gardeners not to use it to control weeds. Time will tell but these actions appear to presage to a new movement to restrain the use of these pesticides for the public health. Status of Roundup Lawsuits