One thing that you need to know upfront is that Roundup—or glyphosate, as many people know it as—is carcinogenic, and there have been several cases linked to it.
So, what exactly is Roundup? Well, as Monsanto—the company that still proudly markets it as one of its most popular products—states, Roundup is an herbicide that effectively removes the weeds that often grow between the crops. However, you cannot just shower any field with Roundup expecting the weed killer to do its job without harming the crops. Instead, you need to cultivate crops that are pre-resistant to the detrimental effects of glyphosate.
There have been thousands of people who have suffered from some kind of cancer by using Roundup, while an equally high number of people have also lost their lives to it. What is more astonishing is that Monsanto has always marketed this chemical as “safe to use”. It falsely claims that Roundup is one of the safest herbicides in the market. If it were, the company wouldn’t have been facing so many Roundup weed killer lawsuits.
Back in 2015, the World Health Organization published a report which stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans”. This study was done by theInternational Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)—the cancer authority that works under WHO. More studies are being undertaken to back the matter with further proof.
Is IARC reliable?
Those who still deny that Roundup is carcinogenic, often question the authority and reliability of IARC and its report as well. In defense of IARC, the study that labelled the chemical harmful to human health was put forward after 17 qualified scientists working under the jurisdiction of Dr. Aaron Blair, unanimously agreed to it. Dr. Aaron Blair is one of the most distinguished epidemiologists who has also served in the US National Cancer Institute.
In other words, questioning the reliability of IARC’s claims on Roundup is impractical.
Who Is Most Exposed?
Anybody who remotely works with Roundup has a risk of contracting several different types of cancer including brain cancer, blood cancer, and lung cancer etc. However, some people are more exposed to the chemical than others, thus increasing their chances of contracting fatal diseases. Here is a list of people who are most prone to glyphosate’s effects.
- Farmers are at the highest risk of getting affected by Roundup. The reason being that they are often the most exposed to the chemical.
- Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reported that children whose parents—even one of them - are exposed to cancer are twice likely to contract brain cancer.
What Can You Do?
If you have become a victim of cancer or any other disease by working around glyphosate, you should file a Roundup weed killer lawsuit. Hiring a lawyer for the purpose will make the process easier, not to mention the elevated probability of winning the claim. Receiving a settlement will allow you to pay your medical bills. It will also compensate you for several other financial losses that have occurred as a result of being exposed to the Roundup “weed” killer.