Roundup® Weed and Grass Killer
October 7, 2016 | Environmental Litigation
The Law Firm of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is investigating the nationwide exposure to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup® and other commercially produced herbicides.) The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed the carcinogenicity of glyphosate and found that it is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Roundup® currently has the highest global production of herbicides in the world and is manufactured by Monsanto. Monsanto began marketing and manufacturing Roundup® in the mid-1970s and they were the sole manufacturer of glyphosate-based herbicides from 1974 until 2000, when its U.S. patent on glyphosate expired.
The largest use worldwide of glyphosate products is in agriculture. The agricultural use of glyphosate has increased sharply since the development of glyphosate resistant crops. Glyphosate is also used in forestry, urban, and home applications. It has been detected in the air during spraying, in water, and in food.
Monsanto is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation based in St. Louis, Missouri and incorporated in Delaware. They are the world’s leading producer of glyphosate. Monsanto, currently the world’s leading producer of seeds with more than a quarter of the world seed market, markets glyphosate resistant seeds under the Roundup Ready® brand. These are genetically modified (GMO) seeds designed so that Roundup® herbicide must be used on them. Monsanto claims Roundup Ready® crops have an advantage over non-GMO seeds as farmers can spray their fields with Roundup®, even during the growing season, without harming the crops.
Monsanto does not disclose to the farmers or consumers of these crops that exposure to Roundup® can cause serious health consequences. As of 2010, an estimated 70 percent of corn and cotton, and 90 percent of soybean, fields in the United States consisted of Roundup Ready® crops.
In their 2015 monograph, the IARC classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). Specifically, the IARC looked at evidence associating glyphosate with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The IARC reviewed numerous studies of exposure to glyphosate from the USA, Canada, and Sweden. The studies reviewed by the IARC also showed DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells. Animal studies have shown carcinogenicity in laboratory animals..
Signs of glyphosate exposure can include the following:
- Lymph node swelling
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Chronic cough
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
- Bone pain
- Nose bleeds
These symptoms can also be caused by means other than glyphosate exposure. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is strongly recommended that you discuss them with your doctor.
If you have been exposed to glyphosate and are experiencing these symptoms or illnesses, the attorneys at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC are ready to help you! Give us a call today to discuss your legal options, the call and our advice are free.
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