Weeds—almost every landowner has to deal with them, and “weed killers” are often common, everyday used items. In the early 1970s, the company Monsanto started marketing its glyphosate-containing solution Roundup® to kill weeds and grasses. The active ingredient Roundup is glyphosate, a broad spectrum herbicide patented by Monsanto for sale starting in early 1970s. Since that time, the many reformulations under the tradename of Roundup have made it the most popular herbicide in the world.
For years, and prior to its first registration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1986, Roundup was originally thought to be relatively safe for humans and the environment. In fact, the EPA last reviewed glyphosate in 1994, and considered it to be non-carcinogenic, or non-cancer causing in humans. However, a litany of studies conducted by scientists all over the globe, before that time and since, has painted a very different picture. It is now believed that Monsanto knew of the link between glyphosate and cancer as long ago as 1980.
In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup, as a “probable carcinogen” in humans. The classification stems from the IARC panel’s review of published scientific studies for more than one year. Roundup is believed to be connected to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
If you have been exposed to glyphosate in Roundup through industrial and/or personal use, and have been diagnosed with one or more of the conditions described above, please call us at 877-846-4878 for a free and confidential consultation.