Roundup® Glyphosate Herbicide Causing Cancer

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Roundup® and Roundup Ready® is a Monsanto broad spectrum herbicide used in everything from small gardens to over 100 different genetically modified agribusiness crops. Roundup® is a mixture of glyphosate and trade secret ingredients known as the "formulation." When combined with Monsanto's genetically engineered seeds, Roundup® can be used throughout a growing season to control weeds without damaging the crops.

A rapidly growing number of scientific, medical and government organizations are concerned that following cancers are considered associated with Roundup:

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Lymphocytic lymphoma
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Hairy cell leukemia
  • B-cell lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma

Has someone close to you been harmed by the herbicides Roundup® or Roundup Ready®? Please contact us today to speak with an experienced New York toxic exposure attorney.

Exposure Routes

Monsanto continues to represent that Roundup is non-carcinogenic and quickly biodegradable, even stating that it's "safer than table salt." Hence, Roundup handlers do not wear safety equipment. Exposure can be through inhalation, skin or ingestion.

People with significant exposure can be:

  • Garden center and nursery workers
  • Landscapers
  • Municipality and road workers who spray weeds
  • Forestry workers
  • Agricultural and farm workers
  • Handlers exposed through mixing or transportation

Countries Banning Glyphosate

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Health organizations and various countries have already banned glyphosate; others are considering a ban or stating that glyphosate is a known carcinogen. In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer issued a monograph stating glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans. The Netherlands has outlawed to use of glyphosate. The California Office of Environment Health Hazard Assessment has a pending notice that glyphosate is a known carcinogen. The following countries have banned, limited or are studying glyphosate: Bermuda, Brazil, Columbia, France, and Sri Lanka.

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In February 2016, the FDA announced plans to conduct glyphosate residue testing in foods. This follows a 2014 rebuke from the U.S. Government Accountability Office for the FDA's failure to monitor pesticide and herbicide residues in food. In March 2016, the European Union delayed a vote to renew the glyphosate license due to cancer concerns.

The Secret Roundup Ready® "Formulation"

All the ingredients are not listed in Roundup®. Monsanto claims the other ingredients are safe and not part of the herbicidal aspects. However, studies since 2002 have repeatedly shown that test subjects suffer more cancer hallmark traits from the Roundup® formulation as opposed to glyphosate alone. These include significant cell division dysfunction, cell cycle dysregulation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and altered human cell permeability amplifying toxicity.

Monsanto's History of Scientific Frauds With Roundup Safety and Marketing

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) originally classified glyphosate as possibly carcinogenic to humans based on animal studies. Monsanto provided studies challenging this, and the EPA eventually relented. However, employees at two of the testing laboratories hired by Monsanto were convicted of fraud for falsification of data or fraudulent laboratory practices. In 1996 the New York Attorney General was successful in making Monsanto cease and desist from making many deceptive and misleading marketing claims about the safety to humans and the environment.

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