Glyphosate, the herbicide and active ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup®, has recently been classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO). Agricultural workers are now filing lawsuits against Monsanto, the maker of the weed killer, claiming that on-the-job exposure to glyphosate caused them to develop cancer.
How Dangerous Is Glyphosate?
A July 2015 report published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), classified the chemical compound as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The report states:
“Two large case-control studies of NHL from Canada and the USA, and two case-control studies from Sweden reported statistically significant increased risks of NHL [Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma] in association with exposure to glyphosate.”
The use of agricultural grade Roundup has increased since the introduction of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops in the 1990’s. In 2012 alone, over 283 million pounds of glyphosate were sprayed on crops across the U.S., including corn, soybeans, and sugar beets, among others.
Agricultural Workers Take Action
Those most at risk of developing cancer associated with heavy exposure to glyphosate-containing weed-killers include:
- Garden center and nursery workers
- Avid gardeners
We are currently investigating cases involving non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. If you or someone you know developed cancer after frequent exposure to Roundup, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Sokolove Law for a free and confidential legal consultation today.
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