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What Weed Killers Use Glyphosate?
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Glyphosate is among the most widely used herbicides worldwide. Exposure to this non-selective herbicide has put humans at an increased risk for health effects and cancers.

Knowing what weed killers contain the active ingredient Glyphosate can allow you to protect yourself from adverse effects.

We have extensively researched pesticides with the active ingredients of Glyphosate and how the chemical is used to regulate plant growth and its effects on human health to better represent clients in lawsuits against the manufacturer.

Which Weed Killers Use Glyphosate?

A scientist holding a bottle of weed killer with glyphosateOne of the most well-known weed killers containing Glyphosate is Roundup.

However, it isn’t the only weed killer containing Glyphosate.

There are over 750 Glyphosate-based herbicides in the United States. Some of the most common products include Ortho GroundClear, Compare-N-Save Concentrate Grass and Weed Killer, RM43 Total Vegetation Control, and Ranger Pro Herbicide [1].

Related: Roundup Legal Claim

How Does Glyphosate Work?

Glyphosate works by blocking a specific enzyme pathway that controls plant growth.

The chemical kills weeds already growing and prevents seeds from germinating for weed control and encouraging the growth of desirable plants. 

Related Article: Glyphosate Lawsuit Update

What Are the Ingredients of Glyphosate?

Glyphosate-based formulations include active ingredients diammonium salt, mono ammonium salt, acid, isopropylamine salt, potassium salt, trimethyl sulfonium, and sodium salt [2].

Which Glyphosate Products Contain the Highest Amounts?

A person spraying weed killer that have glyphosate on plants

The non-selective herbicides that have the greatest amounts of Glyphosate include [3]:

  • Ranger Pro: Ranger Pro is the strongest concentrate for preventing weeds. Per label instructions, it is mixed at a ratio of 2 to 3 oz per gallon of water. 
  • Roundup QuickPro: Roundup QuickPro is the strongest powder herbicide. 73 percent of this formula is Glyphosate as an ammonium salt. 
  • Ortho GroundClear: Ortho GroundClear is the strongest ready-made herbicide. This chemical provides up to a year of weed control.

The active ingredient is pelargonic acid, which allows you to control weeds on sidewalks, around the driveway, etc.

Alternatives to Glyphosate

There are effective alternative herbicides to Glyphosate.

Alternatives fall into one of seven categories:

  • Natural acids (vinegar, citric acid)
  • Herbicidal soaps
  • Iron-based herbicides
  • Salt-based herbicides
  • Phytotoxic oils (Clove, citronella, peppermint)
  • Corn gluten
  • Combination products 

How to Improve the Effectiveness of Alternative Herbicides

The effectiveness of these alternative herbicides can be increased through the following methods:

  • Treating woody plants and broadleaf weeds when they are small
  • Adding a large amount of surfactant
  • Repeating applications for large weeds
  • Use lower concentrations at high spray volumes.

Reasons for the Recall of Glyphosate

A doctor and nurse discussing the reasons for the recall of glyphosateThere has been no recall of Glyphosate to date.

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

They also claim there is no evidence that children are more sensitive to Glyphosate and that there is no evidence that it causes human cancer from pesticide residues, despite studies that suggest otherwise [4].

“Children in the United States are regularly exposed to this cancer-causing weedkiller through the food we eat every day.
– Alexis Temkin, Toxicologist, Environmental Working Group.

Other Health Issues Glyphosate Causes

This herbicide has been known to cause other adverse health effects besides cancer.

These include:

  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Arrhythmia
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation
  • Increased saliva production
  • Burns of the mouth and throat
  • Vomiting

Symptoms of Exposure

Glyphosate has immediate effects from exposure.

These include:

  1. Difficulty breathing
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Dizziness
  4. Drowsiness
  5. Headache
  6. Abdominal cramps
  7. Blue lips
  8. Throat and mouth irritation
  9. Nausea
  10. Vomiting
  11. Weakness

What Is the Burden of Proof for a Glyphosate Claim?

A lawyer looking up the burden of proof for a glyphosate claimIf you have experienced non-Hodgkin lymphoma or any adverse health effects associated with Glyphosate or whatever, you just may have strong grounds for a product liability lawsuit.

Bayer may be liable for your illness based on the failure 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 or on your lawn as a weed killer. 
  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

The average Glyphosate lawsuit settles for $5,000 to $250,000.

As of 2020, Bayer has been ordered to pay $10 billion in settlements to people who have developed adverse health risks or cancer through Glyphosate exposure [5].

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FAQs

What Weed Killer Doesn’t Contain Glyphosate?

Foamstream doesn’t contain Glyphosate. This alternative uses biodegradable foam made from natural plant oils to control weed growth.

What Are the Least Toxic Weed Killers?

The least toxic weed killers are Natural Armor Weed and Grass Killer, Doctor Kirchner Natural Weed Killer, Dr. Earth Final Stop Weed & Grass Killer, Natural Elements Weed Killer, and more.

All these formulas are organic and non-toxic.

Is There an Effective All-Natural Weed Killer?

The most effective all-natural weed killer is a mix of white vinegar, salt, and dish soap. These ingredients all have special properties that kill weeds when combined.

Salt and vinegar contain acetic acid, which dries out and kills weeds. 

What Are Some Good Alternatives for Glyphosate?

Glufosinate, pelargonic acid, ammonium nominate, and ammonium soaps are all excellent alternatives for Glyphosate.

Does Frequent Mowing Kill Weeds?

Frequent mowing does not kill weeds. Most weeds will grow low to the ground after repeated mowing. Mowing will not get rid of weeds, but it can put them under stress and give desired plants room to grow.

Does Glyphosate Stay In Soil?

Yes, Glyhpsate binds to soil and can remain in the soil for six months. The chemical is broken down by bacteria in the ground over time.

Get a Free Lawsuit Evaluation with Our Lawyers

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

We can also help you with evidence collection, paperwork, and more.


References:

  1. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/amp/health/what-you-need-to-know-about-a-popular-weed-killers-alleged-link-to-cancer
  2. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/archive/glyphotech.html#:~:text=Formulations%20of%20glyphosate%20include%20an,and%20trimethylsulfonium%20or%20trimesium%20salt.
  3. https://www.crabgrasslawn.com/strongest-weed-killers/#:~:text=Roundup%20QuickPro%20%E2%80%93%20Strongest%20Powder,the%20form%20of%20ammonium%20salt.
  4. https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/glyphosate#:~:text=EPA%20scientists%20performed%20an%20independent,risks%20to%20children%20or%20adults.
  5. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/24/business/roundup-settlement-lawsuits.html

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