Roundup Class Action Lawsuit

Roundup Herbicide Linked to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Cancer)

Everyone is familiar with the herbicide product called Roundup, which was developed in the 1970’s and was used to kill various types of weeds posing threats to crops including corn, cotton and soybeans among others. With the achievement of being capable of destroying weeds found in crops, the use became more widespread at businesses and private residences. However, over the course of the past number of years, there has been a large-scale outbreak of reports detailing experiences of adverse health conditions by those whom used Roundup.

Damages Caused By Roundup

Roundup’s primary ingredient is Glyphosate, which has been linked to the development of certain types of B-Cell Lymphomas (cancer) such as:

  • Marginal zone B-cell lymphomas
  • Mantle cell lymphoma
  • Hair cell lymphoma (HCL)
  • Small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Follicular lymphoma
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)

Individuals most at risk of developing any of these types of cancers include those that were employed in particular garden-oriented positions such as garden centers, landscaping and nurseries.

Several leading medical agencies support the evidence regarding the deadly nature of Glyphosate in Roundup. For instance, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer stated that Glyphosate “probably” has the ability to create adverse health effects in human beings, based on a study that analyzed animal studies and epidemiological studies. The American Cancer Society has also released information that claims evidence suggests Glyphosate has been linked to increased risks of cancer including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

What’s In Roundup?

The main ingredient is Glyphosate, which acts as an enzyme blocker. Without access to this specific enzyme, plants will quickly die. Outside of Glyphosate, Roundup also contains 59% of other unnamed ingredients. These other ingredients serve as agents to help Glyphosate access the plant. One of the most common ingredients found in Roundup is called POEA and it is highly toxic to aquatic animals. These two ingredients, Glyphosate and POEA, makes Roundup a deadly concoction.

Also, it is very important to keep in mind, Roundup was first manufactured as a Chelator. A Chelator is a chemical compound designed to react with metal ions, creating a stable, water-soluble substance. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has complied a list of 14 specific scenarios in which Roundup could be deadly including:

  • Chelators inhibit the repair or rehabilitation of DNA
  • Chelators render foods deficient for certain vital minerals in the human body
  • Chelators tremendously increase the chances of tumors growing inside the human body
  • Chelators often cause damage to the human kidney or pancreas, which cause tumors to begin growing in the body
  • Glyphosate causes free radical formation in the human body which can lead to cancer
  • Glyphosate is genotoxic which is key factor in cancer development
  • Glyphosate kills bacteria found in the human gut that makes up a generous amount of the human body’s immune system

As recent as March 2015, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer made a public statement which identified Glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”, linking the compound to cancer.

Not soon after, in the spring of 2017, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in California announced the addition of the herbicide, Glyphosate, to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

California was recognized as the first state to require warning labels to be placed on Roundup and similar herbicides containing Glyphosate. Since then, a variety of other states have recognized the dangers posed by Roundup. The company that produces Roundup, Monsanto, is limited to just one year to add the appropriate warning labels to all Roundup bottles.

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Rob and Mary Erney