What is Roundup?
Roundup is a herbicide used to control many varieties of invasive exotic plants. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, inhibits a specific enzyme called EPSP synthase, which plants need to grow.
Without EPSP synthase, plants are unable to produce other proteins essential to growth, so they wither and die over a period of days or weeks. Since most plants require EPSP synthase, almost all forms of vegetation succumb to Roundup.
Use of the active ingredient glyphosate has soared in recent years as Monsanto continues to market Roundup Ready crops, which account for most corn and soybeans now grown in the U.S. These crops are genetically modified (GMO) to be resistant to glyphosate, allowing farmers to spray their fields without damaging the crops.
Roundup Exposure ‘Probably’ Causes Cancer: Report
In 1985, an EPA committee found that Roundup may cause cancer, according to the New York Times. Six years later, the agency reversed itself after re-evaluating the study it had based its original conclusion on.
Now the issue is back again. In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the cancer research arm of the WHO, published a report in The Lancet Oncology which found that the glyphosate contained in Roundup “probably” causes cancer in humans.
“All three lines of evidence sort of said the same thing, which is we ought to be concerned about this,” said Aaron Blair, a retired epidemiologist from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and chairman of the group of 17 reviewers who unanimously agreed with the classification.
Roundup / Cancer Types
Our Roundup lawyers are accepting potential Roundup cancer lawsuits for people who developed the following forms of cancer after using or being exposed to Roundup:
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Large Diffuse B-cell Lymphoma
- Follicular Lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
- Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
- Mantle Cell lymphoma (MCL)
- Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
How Toxic is Roundup?
Glyphosate has long been considered by many to be completely safe because it works by inhibiting an enzyme pathway that only exists in green plants, and not in humans or other animals. Since the introduction of Roundup-Ready crops -- which Monsanto engineered to be resistant to glyphosate -- in the mid 1990s, American farmers have been able to use large quantities of the herbicide to kill weeds selectively.
However, according to Roundup cancer lawsuits, numerous studies have also suggested that glyphosate may not be as safe as originally believed. A recent collaborative study published in Mutation Research reported that individuals with significant exposure to Roundup (i.e. those who spray it) could have a 41% increased relative risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
CA Jury Awards Couple $2 Billion in Landmark Roundup Cancer Trial Verdict
May 14, 2019 - A jury in San Francisco, California, on Monday awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who claimed Roundup weed killer caused their cancer.
The recent Roundup Lawsuit jury verdict spells bad news for Bayer, which still faces more than 13,000 future lawsuits alleging Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides cause cancer. Bayer shares fell 2% on the news, and have plummeted more than 45% this year, according to CNN Business.
As in its previous defeats, Bayer vows to fight the Roundup Lawsuit verdict, and maintains that Roundup is completely safe, and one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals in existence.
Although Bayer did see a bit of good news last month when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared that glyphosate is not carcinogenic, its best bet may be to settle the remainder of the litigation, else the company may never hear the end of future claims over Roundup.
California Jury Awards Plaintiff $80 Million Settlement in Roundup Cancer Lawsuit
Monsanto has been ordered to pay an $80 million Roundup lawsuit settlement to a San Francisco man who claims that his development of non-Hodgkin lymphoma was the result of his use of Roundup, in a rare split-trial which could influence the outcome of thousands more cases.
Monsanto’s request to bifurcate the first federal trial involving allegations that Roundup caused cancer seems to have backfired, as Judge Chhabria in the ninth circuit court reached jury verdicts against Bayer, awarding the Plaintiff over $80 million in punitive damages.
San Francisco Jury Rules Plaintiff’s Cancer Caused by Roundup
March 19, 2019 - The jury of 5 women and 1 man reached a unanimous decision in favor of plaintiff Ed Hardeman after deliberating for a week in a Roundup lawsuit, according to Law360. The verdict marks another costly setback for Bayer AG, which purchased v. Monsanto last August for about $63 billion, but which had to have seen at least a portion of these woes coming, as the litigation was already in full swing at the time.
During the Roundup lawsuit trial, Hardeman testified that he used Roundup for more than a quarter century (1986-2012) on his 56-acre property in Santa Rosa, CA, to kill weeds and poison oak. During this process, Hardeman said mist from the herbicide fell onto his skin and face. He was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015 at age 66, and has since been forced to undergo cancer treatment.
Landmark Roundup Trial Ends in $289 Million Award to Plaintiff
August 13, 2018 - The jury ruled that Roundup herbicide and Ranger Pro products presented a “substantial danger” to the now 46-year-old Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using the spray for more than 2 years as a groundskeeper in San Francisco. Jurors concluded that v. Monsanto knew or should have known of the potential health risks associated with the chemicals.
The jury awarded Johnson $289 million -- mostly in the form of punitive damages intended to dissuade v. Monsanto from allowing the same fate to befall others that Johnson was forced to endure.
Roundup Labels to Carry Cancer Warning in California
June 27, 2017 - A California judge has ruled that Monsanto must warn consumers of the cancer risk on the Roundup label. If California carries out the proposal, it would be the first state in the U.S. to require such strict labeling for Monsanto Roundup, the most widely-used agricultural chemical on earth.
Roundup Lawsuits Allege Monsanto Acted Negligently
June 22, 2017 - A lawsuit has been filed against Monsanto in Wisconsin federal court by a group of plaintiffs who claim that Roundup herbicide is mislabeled with the statement that its active ingredient targets an enzyme not found in humans or pets.
The complaint (PDF), filed Tuesday by 6 consumers from states across the U.S., focuses on companies that sell Roundup, rather than physical injuries alleged from the weed killer. Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., which also markets Roundup products, is named as a co-defendant in the case.
Glyphosate vs. Dicamba
Even more toxic than glyphosate is dicamba, a new herbicide designed for use on Monsanto's next generation of biotech crops. According to the Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) at Cornell University, dicamba is toxic by ingestion, inhalation and dermal exposure.
Read more on: Dicamba Lawsuit
World Health Organization Approves Roundup Ready Soybeans
The European Union (EU) has approved the import and processing of Monsanto Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans, after debates over the potential health risks of glyphosate delayed introduction of the genetically modified crops for months.
The Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans have gone through a rigorous authorization protocol, including a favorable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The GMO crops are now authorized to be used both in human and animal food, but not for planting in the EU. The authorization is valid for a decade; however, “any products produced from these GMOs will be subject to the EU’s strict labeling and traceability rules,” according to the European Commission.
40 Californians File Roundup Lawsuits
April 5, 2017 - Forty California agricultural workers have filed a products liability lawsuit against Monsanto alleging that Roundup weedkiller caused them to develop “non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers, other permanent defects and permanent bodily impairments.” The complaint, filed last month in Alameda Supreme Court, alleges that Monsanto says Roundup is safe to use and poses no unreasonable health risk to humans or the environment.
Study Links Glyphosate to Autism
March 8, 2017 - A new study has been published linking glyphosate to an increased risk for autism.
For the study (PDF), a research team led by William Shaw, Ph.D. of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. found extremely high levels of glyphosate in urine samples taken from a set of triplets. The amount of glyphosate dropped significantly after implementing a strict diet of organic foods, with improvements noted in the functioning of the children.
Roundup Linked to Liver Disease, Study Finds
January 10, 2017 - A new study has found that glyphosate causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in laboratory rats at very low doses.
The study, published Monday in Scientific Reports, used cutting edge profiling methods to analyze the molecular composition of the livers of female rats that were given extremely low doses of Roundup herbicide (thousands of times lower than what is permitted by worldwide health regulators) over a 2-year period.
EPA Panel to Investigate Roundup Cancer Link
December 13, 2016 - The EPA is holding a three-day series of meetings this week dedicated to examining evidence linking Monsanto Roundup to cancer, according to The Hill. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA) will meet first on Tuesday to review a set of scientific issues regarding EPA’s evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. The goal of the meetings is to determine how the agency should interpret relevant data and how this information should translate into a “carcinogen risk” classification for glyphosate.
Glyphosate Found in Oatmeal, Baby Food
October 3, 2016 - The FDA has found residues of glyphosate in a variety of oat products including plain and flavored oat cereals for babies. Data (PDF) presented by FDA chemists at a meeting in Florida showed residues of glyphosate in the following products:
- “Cinnamon spice” instant oatmeal
- “Maple brown sugar” instant oatmeal
- "Peach and cream" instant oatmeal
- Banana strawberry and other banana-flavored varieties of infant oat cereal
- Other similar products
Glyphosate Linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS, Study Finds
A new study has found that glyphosate alters DNA function, increasing the risk for a number of serious, potentially life-threatening diseases.
According to the study, entitled “Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases V: Amino acid analogue of glycine in diverse proteins”, glyphosate acts as a glycine analogue that incorporates into peptides during protein synthesis. When this occurs, the herbicide changes proteins that depend on conserved glycine to function.
According to the study, glyphosate substitution for glycine is associated with a number of serious diseases including (but not limited to):
- Type 2 diabetes
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease
Glycine, the smallest of the 20 amino acids found in proteins, has unique properties that have the ability to anchor to the plasma membrane or cytoskeleton. The new study, taken in conjunction with correlating data, makes a compelling argument that glyphosate action as a glycine analogue accounts for a high percentage of glyphosate’s toxicity.
This mechanism affects humans and other organisms in a number of ways including:
- Impaired fatty acid release leading to obesity;
- Impaired insulin receptor response leading to type 2 diabetes;
- Impaired one-carbon metabolism leading to neural tube defects and autism;
- Impaired cell cycle control during DNA synthesis, and
- Dysregulated phosphorylation cascades leading to cancer, lung disorders and autoimmune diseases.
Glyphosate Approved in Europe Despite Cancer Fears
June 30, 2016 - A European Commission has extended approval of the herbicide glyphosate through 2017 after EU member states failed to either approve or ban the chemical. The EU's current approval of glyphosate was set to expire today, according to EcoWatch. Had that happened, consumer market and manufacturers would have had to phase out products containing the active ingredient within 6 months.
Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis announced the last-minute extension on Tuesday, despite failing 3 consecutive times to secure a majority decision from the EU member states.
Scientists Urge EPA to Ban Glyphosate
June 17, 2016 - A delegation of independent scientists have urged the EPA to ban Monsanto’s flagship weed killer Roundup. Providing testimony that Roundup poses an unreasonable environmental and public health threat, scientists spoke with EPA officials in a closed meeting at the O’Neill House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The scientists laid out the physiological reasons why exposure to glyphosate can increase the risk of autism, Alzheimer’s, cancer, birth defects, obesity and other serious health problems.
Judge Rejected EU Extension on Roundup Cases
June 6, 2016 - European Union nations have refused to back a limited extension on glyphosate, threatening withdrawal of the weed killer if no decision is reached by the end of the month. EU representatives in Brussels today failed to pass a 1-2 year re-authorization of glyphosate to allow for completion of a safety assessment currently underway at the ECHA, according to Reuters.
Lawsuit Alleges Roundup Caused Bone Cancer in Farm Worker
A former California farm worker and law firms have filed a federal lawsuit against Monsanto alleging that Roundup caused her to develop bone cancer after years of exposure to Roundup. According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Enrique Rubio sprayed Roundup on crops in California, Oregon and Texas from 1986 to 1995, and was subsequently diagnosed with bone cancer at 38-years-old. Rubio claims that during her years as a field worker, she drove a tractor and used a hand pump to spray vegetables with the weed killer with nothing more than a paper mask to protect her from the chemicals.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Monsanto in California
May 9, 2016 - Law firms and the widow of a California farmer have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging that the company purposely downplayed the cancer risk associated with exposure to Roundup.
According to the lawsuit (PDF), Jack McCall developed terminal cancer after using Roundup herbicide for nearly 30 years. In September 2015, McCall was admitted to a hospital with swollen lymph nodes in his neck. His doctor informed him that the swelling was caused by anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
EPA Pulls Report Saying Glyphosate is Safe
May 5, 2016 - The EPA says it accidentally released an 87-page report which concluded that glyphosate is "not likely" to cause cancer in humans. The documents, revoked earlier this week, are from a report by the EPA's Cancer Assessment Review Committee (PDF) which says "epidemiological studies in humans showed no association between glyphosate exposure" and 15 types of cancers, according to the Des Moines Register.
Roundup Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Glyphosate in Quaker Oats
May 2, 2016 - Quaker Oats is being sued for $5 million by a New York man who alleges the company uses glyphosate during production, according to the New York Post. The class action was filed by Lewis Daly, a Brooklyn resident who claims Quaker Oats' advertising is "false, deceptive and misleading." Daly says the carcinogenic substance glyphosate is used to grow the oats and sprayed on them during harvest, undermining the company's claims that its products are "100 per cent Natural."
Glyphosate Found in Many Breakfast Foods, Study Finds
April 20, 2016 - Glyphosate has found its way into many common breakfast foods including bagels, cereals and eggs, according to a new report. According to the report, which was issued by the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), testing procured from Microbe Inotech Laboratories in St. Louis found detectable levels of glyphosate in 10 out of 24 breakfast food items including oatmeal, bagels and coffee creamer. “Americans are consuming glyphosate in common foods on a daily basis,” ANH said.
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