The battle over the safety of Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp continues amidst 30+ years of studies, thousands of lawsuits, and seemingly no middle ground. In this latest study performed by the University of Washington, they found that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, can increase the risk of cancer by 41%. Additionally, a new trial is starting in San Francisco between landowner Edwin Hardeman and Monsanto. Is Roundup a needed herbicide or a risk to public health?
A Study of Past Studies
This most recent study was conducted by Rachel Shaffer, a doctoral student, and Lianne Sheppard, professor in biostatistics and environmental and occupational health sciences. They 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].”
Focusing on people who has the highest exposure to Roundup – including workers who were licensed to apply the herbicide – the researchers determined that the cancer risk of those who were frequently exposed to this chemical increased by 41%.
California’s Roundup Trial Now in Session
Back in August 2018, DeWayne Johnson was the first case to go to trial to determine if Roundup causes cancer. Johnson was a groundskeeper for a San Francisco Bay Area school district and frequently used Roundup.. Although Johnson wore protective gear when he applied the estimated 150 gallons of Roundup 20-30 times a year, gusty winds and two accidental dousings resulted in traumatic skin rashes and later a diagnosis of NHL. After hearing arguments from both sides, the jury awarded Johnson $289 million which was later reduced to $78 million by the presiding judge.
Now, less than a year later, a second trial is in court involving Monsanto and Edwin Hardeman. Hardeman used Roundup for decades on his 56-acre Sonoma County property and was diagnosed with NHL in 2015. According to CBS News, “Hardeman’s trial is before a different judge [than Johnsons’] and may be more significant. U.S. Judge Vince Chhabria is overseeing hundreds of Roundup lawsuits and has deemed Hardeman’s case and two others ‘bellwether trials.’”
Currently, there are over 9,000 lawsuits filed by plaintiffs who believe that regular use of Roundup caused their NHL diagnosis. Since it would take an exorbitant amount of time and money to individually process each case, a bellwether trial allows for both sides to create their arguments to establish the potential outcome of future cases. Based on the results of this representative trial, plaintiffs may get awarded financial compensation individually and the amount varies per claimant due to the extent of injuries sustained.
What Should I Do If I Have NHL After Using Roundup?
If you used Roundup and now have NHL, call Periscope Group today at (800) 511-3838. Clearly there are links between glyphosate and cancer. Monsanto continues to deny these studies and fails to warn consumers. We want to hear your story.