Roundup is an herbicide utilized to kill weeds and grasses that are unattractive or damage crops. Its active ingredient is glyphosate. Monsanto discovered the potential use of glyphosate as an herbicide in 1970, and began marketing it in 1974.
Roundup is sold in more than 160 countries and is one of the most popular herbicides on the market. Each year approximately 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on crops, commercial nurseries, lawns, driveways, sidewalks, parks and golf courses.
Because of Monsanto’s advertising campaign, glyphosate was widely considered one of the safest herbicides, until new research emerged from the International Agency for Research on Cancer linking it to several types of blood cancer and, in particular, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Monsanto has known for more than 30 years that there is a link between the use of Roundup and cancer. However, the company intentionally made the decision not to warn the public, and even marketed the product to be as safe as table salt and practically non-toxic.
Litigation documents show that Monsanto created fake data and attacked legitimate studies exposing the dangers of glyphosate, and created a campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers, and the general population that its herbicide was safe.
Those most at risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of Roundup exposure include farm workers, landscapers, nursery workers, and others in occupations that require frequent use of herbicides like Roundup on crops. People who use Roundup for their own home gardens and lawns are also at risk, if they have used the herbicide regularly.
If you have been exposed to Roundup and, as a result, have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, you may be able to participate in a lawsuit to receive compensation for your suffering. For more information about how to participate, please contact us today.