What is Roundup Used for?
Roundup is a weed killer that controls weeds and unwanted vegetation in gardens and crops. Many different industries use it, as it is supposedly safe to use around people and animals. It is used to prevent weeds and other unwanted vegetation from growing and taking over certain areas. In the instance of crops and gardens, weeds can suck up the nutrients needed, keeping crops from growing as big, and gardens from being as lush as they could be. Unfortunately, recent studies have raised concerns over the safety of Roundup around humans and animals.
Roundup has been used for decades, why now?
Roundup was invented in the 1970s and has been commonly used by farmers. The main ingredient, glysophate is an effective vegetation killer. In the 1990s genetically modified crops, called GMOs were used. They could withstand the glyphosate and still live, while the weeds and other unwanted vegetation would die.
After testing on animals, and seeing negative results in humans, tests showed that glysophate is linked to cancer. As a result, glysophate is deemed as carcinogenic. From their studies, scientists found that there was evidence that people who are exposed to glysophate have a much higher rate and the likelihood of developing non-Hodkin lymphoma.
Is Roundup Safe to use?
Unfortunately, that answer is still up for debate. Additional studies, including ones from the EPA, or the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that there is no significant evidence that Roundup is giving people cancer.
According to both sides of the debate, your likelihood of developing cancer after using Roundup is contingent on the amount of exposure you've had to it. For example, if you are a farmer, and you regularly spray Roundup over the course of 20 years to control weed growth among your crops, your chances for developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma greatly increases. If you don't garden or aren't involved with plants or gardening, your chances go way down.
Monsanto argues that science is on their side and that their products are not carcinogenic. However, recent cases against Monsanto have been awarded in the victim's favor. A jury recently awarded a high profile case 86.7 million dollars in damages to the plaintiff, who developed cancer after long-term exposure to the product.
On the other hand, Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist at NDRC said: “Health agencies and credible non-industry experts who've reviewed this question have all found a link between glyphosate and cancer.”
How do you get exposed to Roundup Weed Killer?
Even though you are not a gardener or lawn expert, you can still have a wide variety of exposure to Roundup weed killer. Roundup is used on lawns all over the United States, as well as Golf courses. It can also be used around business and anywhere that someone wants to control weeds. Another way that glysophate, Roundup's main ingredient can find it's way into your system is through the food you eat. Studies have shown that trace amounts have shown up in cereal, beer, and wine. This is due to Roundup being sprayed to control weeds around crops, and then the plants actually absorb the chemical through the ground.
Have you been exposed to Roundup weed killer?
If you've had long-term exposure to glyphosate, and you've developed cancer, such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma you may be entitled to compensation. Fill out our online form and an experienced roundup lawsuit attorney from our team will reach out to you. Also, you can call (888)333-1599 to speak to one of our friendly staff.
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