Agriculture contributes more than $20 billion to the Arizona economy every year and accounts for about 138,000 jobs across the state. About 23 million acres of the state’s land mass are devoted to farming.
Farming even predates statehood in the Arizona area, with agriculture thriving for hundreds of years before the area became a state. The history of farming and its impact on the modern Arizona economy are big reasons why so many people across the state are concerned over their contact with a controversial herbicide ingredient, glyphosate.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup and has become the most-used herbicide for farming in the United States, being used widely on a variety of crops, from corn to cotton. Use of the weed killer has thrived despite a growing body of evidence, which includes two jury verdicts, that links Roundup and glyphosate to serious health concerns, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
For those in Arizona who are longtime Roundup users or believe they have been exposed to the substance should know the issues surrounding the chemical and what rights they may have to pursue legal action.
Glyphosate Use in Arizona
Arizona farmers used about a half-million pounds of glyphosate in 2016, which is down from the record amount used in 2012. Still, that usage level represents a 1,200 percent increase since 1992, according to data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, which estimates herbicide and pesticide used in agriculture among the 48 continental states.
Hundreds of millions of pounds of glyphosate are used in the U.S. collectively every year, as the herbicide is used liberally on a diverse array of crops, and this usage pattern is largely reflected in Arizona’s usage, though a single crop received more than half the glyphosate used in our state in 2016:
- Corn: 15%
- Cotton: 56%
- Fruit & vegetables: 6%
- Alfalfa: 16%
- Pasture & hay: 4%
- All other crops: 3%
Arizona is a key producer of many of the crops on which glyphosate is used, including cotton (12th) and hay (12th).
While a 1,200 percent increase in the use of any chemical should be a reason for concern, it’s important to note that the USGS data shows only a sliver of the full picture, as it accounts for the glyphosate used for agricultural purposes only. Roundup and glyphosate are incredibly popular among home gardeners, professional landscapers and local governments and municipalities.
Featured Glyphosate Graph
The following graph shows the amount of glyphosate applied countrywide. The state of Arizona has very little agricultural application compared to other states.
Arizona Residents at Risk
Personal, hands-on use of Roundup, particularly over long periods of time, puts a person at the highest risk of developing a serious health problem, including cancer, as a result of glyphosate exposure. Those who have sprayed Roundup on crops, weeds or vegetation are the most likely to come into direct contact via the liquid dripping on their skin or inhaling/ingesting the substance.
But one need not have personally used Roundup or glyphosate to potentially have been exposed to it. That’s because glyphosate residue is present in dozens of food products that can be purchased at grocery stores. Multiple rounds of testing by several independent organizations, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has detected varying concentrations of glyphosate residue on everything from orange juice to oatmeal to beer and wine.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuits in Arizona
A pair of juries in separate cases in California have already agreed with plaintiffs’ assertions that Roundup causes cancer, with both juries agreeing that using Roundup caused two men to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In the first case, a former school groundskeeper was on the receiving end of a $289 million decision (later reduced by a judge to $78 million) that found that not only had the man gotten cancer as a result of using Roundup but that Monsanto, the company that invented Roundup, knew but hid the fact that its product was dangerous. The second case is still ongoing, but jury members have already issued a verdict that agrees with the plaintiff’s allegations that Roundup use contributed to his cancer. In that case, the man was not a professional landscaper or farm worker, but he did use Roundup for decades to control overgrowth in various properties he owned.
For Arizona residents who are fearful for their health because of their exposure to Roundup, state law could be limiting your time to file a roundup cancer lawsuit and seek damages in your case. The state has set a two-year time limit for product liability cases, but exceptions are made in cases of negligence.
Currently, Monsanto and its parent company, Bayer AG, are facing around 12,000 lawsuits, and the cases are not yet condensed into one single class action. While that could be good for consumers because it could lead to high-sum jury verdicts, it also means that each case would proceed on its own merits, so the only way to have a shot at securing damages is to consult with an attorney who can determine the strength of your claim against Monsanto.
Roundup and Its Effect on Human Health
Roundup remains approved for use on crops despite growing concerns over its safety. These concerns are spreading into medical, scientific, legal and regulatory areas, and both the state of California and the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer have declared that the herbicide is a probable human carcinogen.
Medical and scientific research has further linked Roundup and/or glyphosate to health issues that include many serious problems that affect people all across our state, such as:
- Childhood brain cancer
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Celiac disease
- Thyroid cancer
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Breast cancer
How to File an Arizona Roundup Lawsuit
Arizona residents who have used Roundup for years or otherwise been exposed to the herbicide and are now dealing with serious health problems as a result should have a plan for their next steps.
Keep in mind that state law could limit your rights in this case, and because so far, there is no major single class action, only a consultation with a qualified local attorney who is educated on this topic can help you get your day in court.
Arizona Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Lawyers & Attorneys
Begam Marks & Traulsen
- Location: Phoenix, Arizona
- Website: https://www.bmt-law.com/roundup/
- Phone number: 602-254-6071
Law Office of Jojene Mills
- Location: Tucson, Arizona
- Website: https://www.jmillslaw.com/Practice-Areas-Overview/Products-Liability.shtml
- Phone number: 520-529-3200
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