Glyphosate-based herbicides, often sold under brand names like Roundup, have become one of the most recent Monsanto products to be linked to serious illnesses in humans. (One of the most well-known Monsanto products, DDT or dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane, was the major ingredient in Agent Orange.) But many people who are suffering from glyphosate poisoning may not even realize where their sickness is coming from.
Why is Roundup so dangerous?
According to researchers at the University of Washington, exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of someone developing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma by 41%. That’s far too significant a jump to be a fluke, and numerous lawsuits have already been filed over the issue.
Other studies have loosely attributed glyphosate exposure to reproductive problems, respiratory illnesses, Parkinson’s disease and other types of cancer despite the fact that Monsanto marketed their product as an environmentally-friendly herbicide in order to encourage its widespread use and increase the perception that the substance was safe.
Who is likely to suffer from Roundup exposure?
Glyphosate has been detected in many different substances (even cereal) but some people have been exposed to more of the product than others, on a more regular basis. You may have suffered long-term exposure to this dangerous chemical if you are or were:
- A farmer or other agricultural worker (including migrant farm workers)
- A landscaper or professional groundskeeper of some sort
- A gardener or someone who regularly applied herbicides and pesticides
What can you do if you were exposed?
If you suspect that your exposure to glyphosate has led to your illness, you may have a right to compensation. Manufacturers have a duty to make their products reasonably safe and must include appropriate warnings about their dangers. When they fail, it’s often possible to hold them financially accountable for the injuries people suffer. Find out more about your legal options today.