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How Does Glyphosate Affect the Environment?
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Glyphosate-based herbicides are the most commonly used herbicides in agriculture.

Glyphosate exposure has been known to affect human health negatively, and it can also affect plant growth, soil microbial communities, and aquatic and terrestrial environments.

We have done months of research on how Glyphosate toxicity affects the environment, causes environmental contamination, and affects animal life.

We have also represented thousands of individuals in successful lawsuits with the manufacturer of Glyphosate, Bayer.

How Does Glyphosate Affect The Environment?

A scientist checking how glyphosate affects the environmentThe herbicide Glyphosate has many adverse effects on the environment.

This pesticide is used to control weeds, but other non-target plants, animals, and insects are also exposed to it.

They get in touch with Glyphosate in different ways, from eating tainted crops, by eating prey that has been feeding on tainted crops, from the spray that blows into wild habitats near the treated area, or from soil microorganisms [1].

Effects on Wildlife

Common weeds that Glyphosate-based herbicides are used to kill can be a crucial food source for insects, birds, or other animal species in these agricultural areas.

Weeds also provide food sources for insects, which are also food for birds [2].

Related Article: Glyphosate Lawsuit Update

Effects on Aquatic or Marine Organisms

A scientist checking the effects of glyphosate on aquatic organismsGlyphosate-containing herbicides also have negative impacts on organisms living in rivers and streams.

Microorganisms are crucial to marine and freshwater ecosystems as the base of the food chain [3].

Studies have found that glyphosate herbicides inhibited photosynthesis in freshwater bacteria.

Rotifers were also found to have a reduced life expectancy and reduced reproductive rates [4].

Freshwater carp have also been found to be sensitive to Glyphosate herbicides.

They showed changes in their liver cells and mitochondria of their cells after exposure at levels 20 to 40 times lower than expected from everyday agricultural practices [5]

A study of the European eel also showed that Glyphosate concentrations could pose a health risk and cause DNA damage in exposed fish [6]

How Long Glyphosate Lasts in Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments

Glyphosate-based herbicides last different amounts of time-based on the environment

This pesticide can be washed into rivers, streams, and other surface waters. It can also be passed through soil and rock layers into other underground water sources.

Groundwater is a primary source of drinking water supplies for both humans and animals. 

The effects of Glyphosate are also evident in soil microbial community composition. Once the chemical enters the soil, it binds to soil particles.

It may quickly wash out of sandy soils or last for over a year in soils with a high clay composition [7]

Pure Glyphosate can also form complexes with metal ions and affect the number of nutrients in the soil [8].

Factors That Affect Glyphosate Degradation

A scientist researching the factors that affect glyphosate degredationThe rate at which Glyphosate degradation occurs is affected by factors like the adsorption and desorption of soil and other biological, physical, and chemical elements.

Soil temperature can also affect the rate of degradation [9].

How to Protect the Environment From Glyphosate

We can protect the environment from Glyphosate by using natural weed killers and encouraging local parks and farmers to choose suitable alternatives.

Reasons for the Recall of Glyphosate

A doctor looking at the recall of glyphosate on a clipboardThere has been no recall of Glyphosate herbicide to date.

In June 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency found that there are no risks to human health from Glyphosate.

They also stated there is no evidence that children are more sensitive to Glyphosate, and there is no evidence that it causes human cancer from pesticide residues, despite studies that suggest otherwise [10].

Unfortunately, American consumers can’t trust the EPA assessment of glyphosate’s safety,”
– Nathan Donley, Senior Scientist, Center For Biological Diversity

What Is the Burden of Proof for a Glyphosate Claim?

If you have experienced non-Hodgkin lymphoma or any adverse health effects associated with Glyphosate, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.

Bayer may be liable for your illness based on failing to warn customers that their product is harmful to human health. To hold Bayer accountable, you will need to prove two key elements.

  1. First, you will need to prove you have a history of exposure to Glyphosate, whether you used it commercially, on your lawn as a weed killer, or have been exposed through crops.
  2. Second, You will need medical proof that you have been identified as having non-Hodgkin lymphoma or any other adverse health effect that Glyphosate can cause.

Average Settlement

A lawyer explaining the average settlement for glyphosate lawsuits to a clientThe average Glyphosate lawsuit settles for $5,000 to $250,000. Bayer has spent more than $12 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits and tackle future claims.

Agreements have been reached on 95.000 claims filed over Roundup herbicide.

Bayer has also paid $820 million to settle toxic tort lawsuits and pay $400 million to farmers whose crops were damaged by the herbicide [11].

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How Long Does Glyphosate Last in the Environment?

Glyphosate lasts between 3 days and 19 weeks in the environment. This is dependent on water conditions and other physical and biological factors.

Does Glyphosate Leech Into Soil?

Glyphosate does leech into the soil. Over time the microorganisms in the soil digest the chemical and cause it to break down.

How Long Does Glyphosate Stay In Soil?

Glyphosate usually takes up to 140 days to be removed from the soil. However, this is reliant on the type of soil. If the soil has a high clay content, it may last in the soil for up to 2 years.

How Long Does Glyphosate Stay in the Air?

Glyphosate stays in the air for 24 to 78 hours. It is typically safe to be in an area sprayed after three days.

Does Glyphosate Stay in the Body?

Yes, Glyphosate does stay in the body. Glyphosate and AMPA, its metabolite, remain in the body for a few hours to a few days.

Is Glyphosate in Our Drinking Water?

Yes, Glyphosate is in our drinking water. It is listed as a primary drinking water contaminant in the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Can a Water Filter Remove Glyphosate?

No, a water filter can’t remove Glyphosate. Standard water filters aren’t designed to remove chemicals or any other herbicides.

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The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP is an experienced team of lawyers representing plaintiffs from all 50 states in Bayer lawsuits.

If you have been diagnosed with lymphoma or any other adverse health effect after exposure to Glyphosate, contact us immediately for a free lawsuit evaluation.

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