THE CHEMICAL GLYPHOSATE
The chemical glyphosate is the most commonly used herbicide around the globe. Glyphosate is the main chemical found in the weed killer Roundup, and other commercial weed killers commonly used in the United States. The chemical widely used across the U.S. and its presence is found in both agriculture farms to residential households. Because glyphosate is used by the country's food producers, the chemical has been found in our food supply and water. There are many ways a person can be exposed to glyphosate and its effects widespread. In fact, studies have shown that some type of glyphosate residue has been found in 93% of Americans.
Research has shown that glyphosate is carcinogenic to humans, and can cause cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) listed glyphosate as a "probable human carcinogen." The chemical has also been listed in the state of California as a cancer-causing chemical. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to glyphosate increased the risk of developing cancer, such as Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, leukemia, brain cancer, and other cancers.
THE WEED KILLER ROUNDUP
The weed killer Roundup has been produced by the Monsanto company since 1974. Monsanto consistently marketed the product by claiming that it is a safe, biodegradable and environmentally friendly herbicide. In the over 40 years since Roundup was first introduced, use of the product has grown exponentially to both commercial and residential use. In fact, Roundup is used on farms worldwide. Monsanto even developed genetically engineered crops to be resistant to Roundup.
LAWSUITS AGAINST MONSANTO
Monsanto has been charged with misleading the public of the safety of Roundup and hiding the dangers of glyphosate use. Monsanto is now facing millions in dollars in damages for claims of cancer caused by their product. In fact, thousands of lawsuits have been filed to date against Monsanto for injuries related to the use of Roundup. Many of the claimants and injured victims are agricultural workers exposed to the chemical on the job. Other claimants can include groundskeepers of golf courses or other facilities where the weed killer was commonly used. Exposure to the chemical can occur not just in the workplace, but also at home or even through environmental means. Children are also at risk of developing cancer from exposure to glyphosate.
Monsanto and the chemical companies have fought the claims brought against them arguing that their product Roundup did not cause the cancer that the victim is claiming. In fact, causation is the main defense the company will try to use against a claimant. Successfully navigating a claim against a large corporation can be very complex, costly and time-consuming. Having an experienced attorney on your side can help you do so successfully.
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