Glyphosate in Roundup® Weed Killer May Cause Cancer
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Roundup® contains glyphosate. This herbicide may cause you to develop cancer. The World Health Organization has designated it as a probable carcinogen. The types of cancer include:
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Hairy cell leukemia
- Lymphocytic lymphoma / chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- B-cell lymphoma
- Other subsets of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
There are a wide variety of symptoms you may be experiencing with these illnesses.
Some of them are: swollen lymph nodes; swelling or pain in the abdomen; coughing, trouble breathing and chest pain; fatigue; fever; night sweats; weight loss; infections; bruises; bone pain and nose bleeds.
Roundup® Weed Killer: Helps Crops But May Make People Sick
This powerful herbicide, manufactured by Monsanto, has been used for years to help the crops thrive. Roundup® is used in farms that grow most crops, including:
- Sugar beets
At the same time, it hurts humans. Testing has shown that glyphosate shows up in the blood and urine of people who work on farms or use it often in their yards. Anyone who breathes in the air near crops that have been sprayed is at risk.
Glyphosate is also contained in other products of this type, including Rodeo®, Pondmaster®, AquaNeat® and AquaStar®.
Do You Have Cancer Related to Roundup®? Get Any Help You Deserve
We are a national law firm offering a free legal evaluation to people who have worked with this toxic chemical. If it has made you ill, we may be able to help you get:
- Compensation for your medical bills.
- Compensation for your time you were sick and couldn’t work.
- Compensation for pain and suffering.
- Compensation for family members who have died.
We are investigating cases of farmers, workers, landscapers, and home gardeners who may have inhaled or absorbed the chemical into their body and bloodstream.
Fill out the form or call us at 1-866-343-6404 to speak about getting payments from Monsanto. We have had success in representing thousands of individuals who were made sick from toxic products.
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If you have had exposure to Roundup®, a chemical herbicide, you should be aware that a class action lawsuit has been filed against its manufacturer, Monsanto. Monsanto’s Roundup® is currently the largest-selling and most widely used herbicide in the world. In July 2015, The World Health Organization reported that the main ingredient in Roundup®, glyphosate, has been linked to the development of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as well as its various subtypes.
Roundup is a weed and grass-killer that has been linked to cancer. Over 4,000 lawsuits accuse Monsanto of failing to warn that glyphosate and other toxic chemicals in Roundup might cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
We are currently accepting Roundup induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with lymphoma after using a glyphosate herbicide, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Toxic Chemical Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at 1-866-343-6404 .
List of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Herbicides
- Roundup Ultra®
- Roundup Pro®
- Fallow Master®
Hundreds of Roundup Cancer Lawsuits Move Forward
July 11, 2018 — A judge has allowed hundreds of lawsuits to move forward against Monsanto for concealing the potential cancer risk of Roundup weed-killer.
Monsanto Banned from European Parliament
Monsanto has been banned from the European parliament after refusing to attend a hearing into evidence that the company manipulated safety studies involving Roundup. In August, lawyers for people with cancer released documents proving that Monsanto’s employees were secretly involved in editing, organizing, and reviewing several “independent” studies on Roundup side effects.
Roundup Added to California’s Cancer-Causing Chemical List
California will become the 1st state to require cancer warning labels on Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides. Monsanto will have roughly 1 year to add “Proposition 65” warning labels to Roundup after glyphosate is listed as a carcinogenic chemical on July 7.
Experts: Roundup Likely Causes Cancer in Humans
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, declared the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as a “probable human carcinogen” in March 2015. The warning was based on “convincing evidence” that glyphosate causes cancer in laboratory rats and mice. In humans, there is “limited evidence” linking Roundup and cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and DNA/chromosomal damage.
Roundup and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Roundup is primarily associated with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the immune system nearly anywhere in the body. It is a blood cancer that grows in lymphocytes, which are white blood cells in the immune system that help the body fight diseases. For more information:
- What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
- What causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
- What are the symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
- How is non-Hodgkin lymphoma treated?
Roundup Lymphoma Studies in Farm-Workers
Studies have found higher rates of this cancer in farm-workers in Canada, Sweden, and the United States who were exposed to large amounts of Roundup:
- International Journal of Cancer (October 2008): Swedish study concluded that exposure to glyphosate doubled the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma within less than 10 years.
- Occupational and Environmental Medicine (September 2003): American study of over 3,400 farmworkers in the midwest found higher rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma associated with glyphosate exposure.
- Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers (November 2001): Canadian study found a dose-response relationship between glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Types of Cancer Linked to Roundup
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Large Diffuse B-cell
- Follicullar Lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-Cell
- Anapalastic T-cell
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
- Mantle Cell Lymphoma
- Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
Over 4,000 Roundup Lawsuits Filed Nationwide
More than 4,000 people have filed lawsuits over Roundup, most in Missouri and California state courts. About 500 cases have been coordinated in California federal court as a Multi-District Litigation (MDL)
The number of lawsuits has grown significantly since April 2016, when a federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit, paving the way for more cases to be filed by people who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In October 2016, dozens of Roundup lawsuits were centralized in one federal court in California. As of March 2017, there approximately 700 lawsuits in St. Louis, Missouri state court.
Roundup Lawsuits in Federal Court
The nationwide litigation has been are centralized in Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2741) under U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in the Northern District of California — In RE: Roundup Products Liability MDL.
Roundup Class Action Lawsuit
In April 2015, a Roundup class action lawsuit (Case No: BC 578 942) was filed in Los Angeles County, California. Monsanto is accused of false advertising for claiming that Roundup is harmless to human health because “glyphosate targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.”
California Farmer Files Roundup Lymphoma Lawsuit
The family of a California farmer who died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma has filed a Roundup lawsuit against Monsanto. The case is unique because the plaintiff, Anthony “Jack” McCall, did not use any other pesticides or herbicides on his farm, never smoked, stayed in shape, and had no history of lymphoma.
The lawsuit (PDF), McCall v. Monsanto, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Case No. 2:16:cv-01609) on March 9.
EPA Not Convinced on Dangerous Health Risks
In 1985, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned that glyphosate was a possible human carcinogen. In 1991, the EPA reversed its decision and said there was a lack of “convincing carcinogenicity evidence.” However, in the last two decades, evidence linking Roundup and cancer has grown considerably.
14 Ways Roundup Could Cause Cancer
Roundup lawyers have released evidence supporting a conspiracy between the EPA and Monsanto to downplay the risk of cancer. It all started with a letter from a toxicologist at the EPA who listed 14 ways Roundup could cause cancer and accused Mr. Jess Rowland, the EPA official in charge of reviewing Roundup, of intimidating staff to change reports in favor of Monsanto.
- Chelators inhibit apoptosis, the process by which our bodies kill tumor cells
- Chelators are endocrine disruptors, involved in tumorigenesis
- Glyphosate induces lymphocyte proliferation
- Glyphosate induces free radical formation
- Chelators inhibit free radical scavenging enzymes requiring Zn, Mn or Cu for activity (i.e. SODs)
- Chelators bind zinc, necessary for immune system function
- Glyphosate is genotoxic, a key cancer mechanism
- Chelators inhibit DNA repair enzymes requiring metal cofactors
- Chelators bind Ca, Zn, Mg, etc to make foods deficient for these essential nutrients
- Chelators bind calcium necessary for calcineurin-mediated immune response
- Chelators often damage the kidneys or pancreas, as glyphosate does, a mechanism to tumor formation
- Kidney / pancreas damage can lead to clinical chemistry changes to favor tumor growth
- Glyphosate kills bacteria in the gut and the gastrointestinal system is 80% of the immune system
- Chelators suppress the immune system making the body susceptible to tumors
Roundup Lawyers Say Monsanto Ghost-Wrote Studies
Documents show that Monsanto secretly ghost-wrote two studies that were published under the names of academics and used by the EPA to determine that Roundup does not cause cancer. One scientist at Monsanto wrote: “We would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit & sign their names so to speak.”
Ex-EPA Official Used Monsanto Studies
Monsanto’s studies were used by an ex-EPA official, Mr. Jess Rowland, who determined that Roundup does not cause cancer. His committee’s report was “leaked” online and used by Monsanto to defend Roundup just 6 weeks after Roundup was re-classified as a carcinogen by the IARC, prompting speculation that Mr. Rowland was working with Monsanto. Now we have evidence.
Evidence of Monsanto-EPA Collusion
Mr. Jess Rowland tipped off Monsanto months before the IARC re-classified Roundup, giving the company time to prepare a public relations assault. Other government agencies immediately became concerned and said they would investigate. “If I can kill this I should get a medal,” Mr. Rowland told his contact at Monsanto in April 2015.
Monsanto Sues California Over Roundup Cancer Warnings
In January 2016, Monsanto filed a lawsuit against the state of California after it tried to require the company to label Roundup as a possible carcinogen under Proposition 65. In January 2017, a judge rejected the lawsuit, paving the way for California to become the first state in the nation to require warnings.
Rat Studies Link Roundup and Blood Cancer
There are several studies linking glyphosate and cancer in animals. Two studies involving male mice who were exposed to glyphosate reported higher rates of cancer, including renal tubule carcinoma and haemangiosarcoma — a rapidly-growing, highly-invasive sarcoma in the lining of the blood vessels.
Low Doses of Roundup Cause Liver Disease in Rats
In January 2017, Nature published a study showing that ultra-low doses of Roundup caused serious liver disease in female rats who drank it in their water for two years. The doses were comparable to what is found in some tap water that people drink, but much lower than what regulators allow.
What Ingredients are in Roundup?
Roundup contains glyphosate, a chemical that blocks an enzyme plants need to survive. The Label (PDF) and MSDS for Roundup Original indicates that 41% is glyphosate and 59% is “other ingredients” that are not named. Most formulations of Roundup contain a soap-like chemical called POEA that helps glyphosate get into the plant.
How Does Roundup Work?
The active ingredient, glyphosate was commercialized by Monsanto in 1974. It works by specifically inhibiting an enzyme that is essential to plant growth and life. Roundup also contains other chemicals that help glyphosate get into the plant. For example, most formulations of Roundup contain a chemical surfactant called POEA that is known to be toxic to aquatic animals. Monsanto insists that glyphosate alone is harmless. However, the combination of POEA and glyphosate is much more hazardous than glyphosate on its own.
Roundup and GMO Food
The popularity of Roundup exploded in the mid-1990s, when Monsanto genetically-engineered (GMO) corn, soy, and cotton seeds to survive being sprayed. This allows farmers to spray Roundup over entire fields to kill weeds without killing the crop. Roundup now generates $5 billion in yearly revenue for Monsanto.
Is Roundup In My Food?
Residues of glyphosate have been found in oats, wheat, honey, organic eggs, soy coffee creamer, and many other foods. Roundup is used on many backyard gardens, but most of it is used in commercial agriculture. Roundup is sprayed on over 80% of croplands in the U.S., including crops like alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, and sugar beets. Many of these crops are grown to feed animals like cows, pigs, and chickens. Roundup is sometimes sprayed on wheat to dry it out just before harvest.
FDA Stops Testing Food for Roundup
In February 2016, the FDA said it would start testing for Roundup residue in food. In November 2016, the FDA abruptly ended plans to test food for Roundup residues due to “disagreement and confusion” about how to conduct the tests across 9 laboratories.
Every year, the USDA tests thousands of samples of food for hundreds of different pesticides, but not glyphosate. Only in one year, 2011, did the agency test for glyphosate. Out of 300 soybean samples, 271 had residues of glyphosate between 0.26 to 18.5 ppm, below the EPA-set tolerance of 20-ppm.
U.S. Honey Tests Positive for Roundup
In January 2016, FDA researchers tested about 10 samples of American honey. All of them tested positive for glyphosate, and some had twice the legal limit of 50 parts per billion (ppb) set in the European Union (EU). The problem is that bees are visiting fields that have been sprayed and carrying Roundup back to their hives.
Regulators Express Concerns About Roundup Hazards
The regulatory status of Roundup in the European Union (EU) has been questioned after several countries refused to extend its 15-year license. Their concerns were based on growing evidence of health risks. According to Bloomberg:
“In February, testing found traces of glyphosate in German beer and organic panty liners sold in France. Other tests have found chemical residue in British bread, as well as in the urine of people across Europe.”
In August 2015, a bill was introduced in Hawaii that would ban spraying of Monsanto’s weed-killer Roundup and other herbicides on public roads, sidewalks, parks, waterways, and more.
Roundup Banned in France by 2022
In June 2015, Roundup was banned from home-gardening centers in France just weeks after it was declared a “probable” human carcinogen by the UN. That same month, Roundup was declared a carcinogen by Denmark’s Working Environmental Authority. France will vote to gradually phase out the agricultural use of Roundup (glyphosate) by 2022 over concerns that the weed-killer may cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Do I have a Roundup Lawsuit?
We are accepting Roundup induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Our attorneys are currently investigating claims that the herbicide dicamba is responsible for destroying millions of acres of crops and endangering the livelihoods of thousands of farmers. Dicamba is highly volatile and can move onto non-resistant plants and damage them.
If the crops on your farm were injured by dicamba, contact us today. Federal crop insurance won’t cover crops damaged by dicamba but you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the herbicide’s manufacturers.
What is Dicamba?
Dicamba is a powerful herbicide that was previously not permitted for direct application on crops because of its toxicity and tendency to move off-site and potentially harm other farmers’ crops.
However, the herbicide of choice in the U.S. — Roundup — has been sprayed by farmers to the point that some weeds are now resistant to glyphosate, its primary chemical. Additionally, there have been lawsuits filed against Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, alleging that the weed killer causes lymphatic cancer.
As a result, farmers have turned to dicamba to kill these new “superweeds,” which now affect more than two-thirds of U.S. farm acres (61 million acres).
What are the Alleged Problems With Dicamba?
In order to combat the growing problem of Roundup resistant superweeds, Monsanto developed new strains of soybeans and cotton that would be resistant to dicamba. The EPA however, had serious concerns about Monsanto’s proposed new uses for dicamba, which had long been known to be highly volatile and uncontrollable.
The EPA delayed approval of the new dicamba formulations for several years due to its concerns about the chemical’s propensity for off-site movement and the significant harm that it might pose to farmers. It approved three new formulations of dicamba — XtendiMax (manufactured by Monsanto), Engenia (manufactured by BASF), and Fexapan (manufactured by Dupont) — for the 2017 growing season which were supposedly less likely to be harmful than prior versions of dicamba. However, these dicamba formulations were introduced to the market without independent rigorous testing. As a result, millions of acres of farms have been damaged in a real life science experiment conducted by Monsanto and the other manufacturers of dicamba at the farmers’ expense.
Complaints About Dicamba Crop Damage
There have been a record number of complaints about off-target dicamba movement in multiple States. In Arkansas alone, there have been at least 986 complaints made by farmers to the Arkansas Plant Board. Arkansas and Missouri enacted bans on the use of dicamba, and several other States added additional restrictions in the middle of the 2017 growing season.
There have been reports of dicamba damaging crops in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. It is estimated that approximately 3.6 million acres of soybeans have been damaged by dicamba already. That number may very well rise. Additionally, valuable crops like tomatoes, tobacco, melons, pumpkins, and fruits have also been damaged by dicamba, as well as standing timber and ornamentals.
If you believe your crops were damaged by dicamba, you may be at risk of significant yield loss.
Contact us today to find out if you can file a lawsuit and hold the manufacturers of dicamba responsible for the damage caused to your farm.
What Does Dicamba Damage Look Like?
Dicamba is more powerful than glyphosate-based herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup, which farmers used before superweeds developed. Farms not planted with crops genetically modified to resist dicamba are extremely vulnerable to damage from the herbicide. Signs that your plants have been damaged by dicamba, according to the Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, include:
- Twisted and crinkled leaves
- Downward cupping on leaves
- Narrow, strap-like leaves on the youngest growth
- Above-ground roots on the stems of certain annual flowers
Can I File A Lawsuit If My Crops Were Damaged by Dicamba?
If your crops were damaged by dicamba this year you could experience a significant yield loss as a result. Our product liability lawyers want to hear from you. Federal crop insurance won’t cover the losses that result from chemical drift and a lawsuit may be the only way to recover compensation.
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