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The site has been assembled to help consumers, industry, government and other stakeholders to understand and track the unfolding health and legal crisis occurring with Roundup, Ranger Pro and other Monsanto products that contain the active ingredient glyphosate. If you have been a user of Roundup and have been diagnosed with cancer, it is important to use this site as a resource to learn about your legal options. WeedKillerCrisis.com also serves as a resource for anyone who wants to learn the facts behind the Roundup controversy, including:
- Different types of herbicides
- Facts about Roundup and glyphosate-based weedkillers
- Breaking news about Roundup and recent court decisions
- The many health risks of these weedkillers
- Countries that have banned glyphosate-based weedkillers
- How Roundup and glyphosate affects our food supply
- Legal options for people whose health has been compromised by Roundup
- And much more
To assist farmers and consumers to protect their crops from weeds the company Monsanto, now owned by Bayer AG, offers several weedkilling solutions. The most popular herbicide in the world is Roundup. All Roundup products contain glyphosate. This ingredient targets an enzyme that is contained in plants but not people or pets, Monsanto claims. There is evidence that suggests that glyphosate actually can have negative health effects on both people and animals, which Monsanto contests.
Monsanto reports on its corporate website that glyphosate and Roundup have been a major help to agriculture and farming. It states that products that contain glyphosate are effective to kill weeds and to help farmers to grow their crops in a way that is more sustainable. The company website states that after it is applied to weeds, glyphosate works through the weed and gets into the root and kills it.
The Cancer Controversy Surrounding Roundup
Roundup and other weed killers based on glyphosate are more popular than ever because many common crops have been genetically altered to tolerate glyphosate. This leads to bigger yields for large agricultural companies. But glyphosate has been found in some cases to lead to serious health problems, including non-Hodgkins lymphoma or NHL. NHL is a deadly cancer that damages our lymphatic system. The disease begins in our lymph nodes and lymphatic tissues. But the disease also can reach the bone marrow and blood.
The WHO Finding on Glyphosate and Roundup
The firestorm surrounding Roundup really blew up in 2015 when the World Health Organization and its International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that glyphosate is probably a human carcinogen. Since then, many countries have banned the use of glyphosate-based products within their borders. However, the US EPA continues to maintain that glyphosate is safe, despite court decisions that are coming down that find Monsanto liable for the product causing cancer in some Roundup users. (Nature.com)
Recent Court Decisions Dealt Major Blows to Monsanto
There have been major state and federal court verdicts that dealt a huge blow to Monsanto in the past year.
First, September 2018, the case of Dewayne Johnson in California made international headlines when a California state jury found that Monsanto was liable for Johnson’s NHL and awarded him $289 million. Johnson was the first person to go to trial against Monsanto on allegations that the chemical company spent years trying to hide the risks of Roundup.
This groundbreaking verdict stated that the company acted with malice, and knew or should have known that the chemicals it produces are dangerous to humans. (Theguardian.com) Johnson was a groundskeeper in San Francisco who sprayed Roundup on athletic fields for years before coming down with the cancer.
Second, a federal jury in March 2019 awarded more than $80 million in damages to another California man who blamed the weedkiller and Monsanto for his non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Ed Hardeman sprayed Roundup on his 56-acre property in California for years to control poison oak and other invasive weeds. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.
Both cases could serve as precedents for thousands of pending lawsuits alleging that use of Roundup caused the plaintiffs’ cancers. Particularly in the Hardeman case, legal experts say the verdict would give attorneys plenty of leverage for any settlement talks with Monsanto. (Heraldandnews.com)
WeedKillerCrisis.com hopefully will provide you with the information, news, tools and resources for people who want to educate themselves about Roundup and other glyphosate-based weedkillers that could be dangerous to human health. If you or a loved one has become ill from using Roundup, it is recommended to contact a qualified personal injury attorney who can help you to determine if you have a strong case against Monsanto.