It’s surprising how the simple word “Roundup” can cause such an emotional response.
It seems that there’s two strong factions and no middle ground: 1) Those who strongly support this popular herbicide and believe it’s an asset to farmers who are providing food for the world’s population and 2) Those who adamantly believe that Roundup is a hazardous chemical that is responsible for a plethora of cancers and illnesses.
If you’re on the fence, here are five facts that you need to know about Monsanto’s Roundup:
1. In the recent Monsanto trial, the jury awarded school groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson $78 million in damages.
This affirmed the belief that Roundup does cause cancer. Toxicologist William Sawyer took the stand and explained that glyphosate bioaccumulates in the skin which is then absorbed into the body. This would explain Johnson’s skin disorders and potentially his cancer diagnosis. (Johnson was accidentally doused in glyphosate and after that he had a painful rash all over his body. Later, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a specific type of blood cancer.)
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2. The State of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) added glyphosate to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer in 2017.
3. Monsanto actively suppresses important health warnings from the public.
On March 20, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced that glyphosate would be classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Even with this new IARC classification, Monsanto denies these claims and refuses to put a warning label on their products.
4. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, but many scientists believe that the combination of chemicals used elevates Roundup’s toxicity.
Monsanto’s own scientists stated this fact in company emails: “You cannot say that Roundup is not a carcinogen … we have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement.” In 2010 they stated: “With regards to the carcinogenicity of our formulations, we don’t have such testing on them directly.”
5. Glyphosate exposure has risen 15X since so-called “Roundup Ready,” genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops were introduced in 1996
There are many health problems linked the glyphosate. Here are just a few of them.
- It can adversely affect embryonic, placental, and umbilical cord cells, as well as fetal development.
- It can kill the bacteria in the gut and cause “diabetes, obesity, food allergies, heart disease, antibiotic resistant infections, cancer, asthma, autism, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and more,” as listed by Beyond Pesticides.org.
6. A new study published by the University of Washington found that glyphosate can increase the risk of cancer by 41% for those who are frequently exposed to this chemical.
The researchers focused their attention on analyzing all published studies concerning the impact of glyphosate on humans. Their findings were published in the journal Mutation Research and stated that, “All of the meta-analyses conducted to date, including our own, consistently report the same key finding: exposure to GBHs (glyphosate-based herbicides) are associated with an increased risk of NHL [a cancer of the immune system].”
Monsanto’s Roundup is clearly a dangerous product that can cause a variety of health issues. If you or a loved one used Roundup and were later diagnosed with a blood cancer including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you may be eligible for a financial settlement. After decades of studies, Monsanto still fails to warn consumers about the dangers of their product and they deliberately put your health at risk. Call Periscope Group today: (800) 511-3838. We want to hear your story.