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Monsanto’s Roundup and its allegedly carcinogenic, primary ingredient glyphosate, have been most strongly connected to causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) in people who are heavily exposed to the herbicide in their work as: Commercial farmers Horticulturists Lawn maintenance workers Groundskeepers Soil scientists Surveyors Landscapers Monsanto’s Roundup is the world’s most-produced weed-killer, according to the World Health […]

Who Is at Risk for Cancer/Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Related to Monsanto Roundup? People who work in the agricultural industries or who otherwise are heavily exposed to Roundup stand the most significant risk of developing NHL related to Roundup.

Monsanto’s Roundup and its allegedly carcinogenic, primary ingredient glyphosate, have been most strongly connected to causing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) in people who are heavily exposed to the herbicide in their work as:

  • Commercial farmers
  • Horticulturists
  • Lawn maintenance workers
  • Groundskeepers
  • Soil scientists
  • Surveyors
  • Landscapers

Monsanto’s Roundup is the world’s most-produced weed-killer, according to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). With its deep, global penetration, the number of people who have been exposed to its carcinogens is frighteningly vast. The risk for cancer or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma related to Monsanto Roundup is allegedly high.

University of Washington Links Roundup’s Glyphosate to NCL

The University of Washington (UW) greatly invigorated the entire Roundup/NCL connection question in February of 2019. It was then that UW researchers unveiled the results of their studies surrounding any causal relationship between NCL and the popular herbicide.

After reviewing previous studies and analyzing their resulting data, these scientists found that agricultural workers who had been heavily exposed to glyphosate experienced a 41 percent greater risk of developing NHL than their counterparts who either did not use the weed killer or who used it infrequently.

IARC Confirms Roundup/NHL Connection

When Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG) denies the fact that its star product causes NHL, these protests of innocence fly in the face of scientific research and expert conclusions presented by numerous authorities.

When scientists detected a spike in the number of NHL cases that were surfacing over a 30-year period, they launched a study and published the results in 2014 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Their findings indicated a link between glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup and B-cell lymphoma.

In 2015, the IARC revealed it had been conducting its own study of glyphosate—one that generated startling and disturbing results about the herbicide’s connection to NHL. The group published its conclusion that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.”

Specifically, the IARC published the following findings:

  • Glyphosate changes DNA: IARC determined that the chemical’s genotoxic properties prompt it to alter human DNA cells, thereby causing cancer.
  • Glyphosate induces oxidative stress: This imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals causes deep damage that can lead to cancer.
  • Glyphosate harms the human gut: The chemical destroys “good bacteria,” sending a ripple effect that eventually leads to a heightened risk of cancer.

Glyphosate Added to California’s List of Carcinogens

The state of California sat up and took notice of the IARC’s findings. Its Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment bucked the official position set by the Environmental Protection Agency by adding glyphosate to its list of carcinogens. This action served as the legal catalyst for the state’s requirement that any products containing glyphosate—including Roundup—be labeled with cancer warnings.

Exposure and Risks Continue to Grow

Roundup was already enjoying solid success as an herbicide, but when “RoundupReady” genetically modified crops (GMO) were introduced—plants that were resistant to the weed killer—Roundup use skyrocketed. In fact, Roundup is the highest global production volume herbicide on the market, according to the IARC.

Now that crops are RoundupReady, farmers are applying the herbicide even more generously to their fields, which means that greater amounts of the carcinogen are entering our soil, air, water, and food.

A favorite, new farming technique called “green burndown” rewards farmers with more efficient harvest operations. With this new method, farmers spray Roundup on their crops before planting and before harvest. Everything gets double-dosed—including the crops that we eventually eat in the form of wheat, barley, and beans.

A Roundup/NHL Lawyer Can Help You Fight for Compensation

If you have developed NHL after exposure to Roundup or another glyphosate-based herbicide, the legal team at Newsome Melton can fight for your right to recover damages. We know about the risk for cancer or non-Hodgkins lymphoma related to Monsanto Roundup and want to fight for those affected.

Call us today at (888) 808-5977 for a free case review and consultation.

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