As a top 10 agricultural state, farming has deep roots in Indiana. Today, the state’s farmers and food producers contribute about $40 billion in economic impact every year and account for more than 100,000 jobs across the Hoosier State. Indiana is a leading producer of many crucial crops, including corn and soybeans.
It’s this rich tradition and bright future that have many people involved in farming across the state rightly concerned about their exposure to a potential harmful herbicide, glyphosate, which is often referred to by the brand name Roundup.
Glyphosate and Roundup are at the heart of nearly 12,000 lawsuits pending across the country and were the subject of a major jury verdict in fall 2018 in which a former school groundskeeper was awarded a nine-figure sum after developing terminal cancer due to his use of Roundup at work.
Indiana residents who are concerned for their health because of their exposure to Roundup and glyphosate should know what rights they have to seek legal recourse against Monsanto, the company that makes Roundup, and its parent company, Bayer AG, the German pharma stalwart.
Glyphosate Use in Indiana
According to estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey, which maintains a database of herbicide and pesticide used in farming in the 48 continental states, Indiana placed ninth out of all states in glyphosate used in 2016. Indiana’s farmers used a combined 13.1 million pounds of the weed killer in 2016, which represents a slight drop from the peak recorded in 2014. Still, the figure means that glyphosate use in Indiana has surged since 1992, increasing 2,026 percent between 1992 and 2016.
Because Indiana is a key producer of many of the crops that are common glyphosate targets, particularly corn and soybeans, Indiana rates so highly on the usage list. How did the state’s farmers divide the glyphosate they used in 2016 by crop? Take a look:
- Corn: 41%
- Soybeans: 58%
- All other crops: 1%
Indiana is a top state for many of the crops that are most tied to glyphosate, including corn (fifth), soybeans (fourth) and wheat (21st). Farming operations cover about 14.7 million acres across the state, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the entire land area of the Hoosier State.
While we know from USGS data how much glyphosate was used in farming in Indiana and on which crops, those figures do not account for non-farming commercial use of glyphosate or altogether non-commercial use. After all, glyphosate is a hugely popular weed killer for not only farming and food production but landscaping, gardening and at-home use.
The following graph shows the amount of glyphosate applied countrywide. The state of Indiana clearly is impacted by it’s agricultural application.
Indiana Residents at Risk
There’s no doubt that the individuals who likely are at the greatest risk of health problems due to glyphosate and Roundup are those who have personally used the product. This includes farmers, farm workers, food production workers, groundskeepers, landscapers, professional gardeners and homeowners.
But because the chemical is so widespread, it’s virtually impossible for anybody to avoid it, and it’s even been detected in dozens of products within the food supply. Recent public and private tests have shown varying amounts of glyphosate in orange juice, breakfast cereals, snack bars, oatmeal, beer, wine and more.
Also, it’s impossible to know exactly how widespread the exposure to glyphosate in the food supply is because until a few years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had not yet developed a way to test for it successfully.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuits in Indiana
Dewayne “Lee” Johnson was a school groundskeeper when he was diagnosed with terminal non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He and his family believe that his disease was connected to his work-related use of Roundup and in the fall of 2018, a California jury agreed with him, awarding him a $289 million verdict, though that amount was later reduced by a judge.
Since that decision, Bayer, the company that now owns Monsanto and Roundup, has confirmed that it’s facing about 12,000 more lawsuits claiming that Roundup is harmful and that the companies’ promotion of this product is inappropriate at best and fraudulent at worst.
Many people involved in farming or who otherwise have used or been exposed to Roundup or glyphosate may have limited time to file their own lawsuits against Monsanto and Bayer. Indiana has some of the least consumer-friendly product liability rules, setting a time limit of just two years to file. That means that a consumer would have just 24 months from the time they are diagnosed with a Roundup-related illness to pursue legal action.
With new cases being filed every day, the situation is constantly changing, but only a qualified local attorney can work with you to evaluate your case and determine whether you should pursue legal action and seek damages for your illness.
Roundup and Its Effect on Human Health
The jury in California was not the first group to suggest that Roundup and glyphosate are dangerous for humans. Both the state of California itself and the World Health Organization have determined that glyphosate is a carcinogen, though it’s the official U.S. government position, thanks to a reversal in the early 1990s by the Environmental Protection Agency, that glyphosate is probably not carcinogenic.
In addition to the groups that have ruled the herbicide causes cancer, many research projects have linked glyphosate and/or Roundup to other serious health problems, including many that are rampant in Indiana:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Childhood brain cancer
- Celiac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Thyroid cancer
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Breast cancer
How to File an Indiana Roundup Lawsuit
Indiana residents, or their loved ones, who have become sick or diagnosed with a serious illness, including any type of cancer, after using Roundup should immediately seek a consultation with an expert local attorney who can review their case.
Remember that because of state law, your time to see justice could be limited, and with so many new cases being filed every day, there’s no time to waste.
Indiana Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Lawyers & Attorneys
Isaacs & Isaacs
- Location: Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio
- Website: https://www.isaacsandisaacs.com/roundup-cancer-lawsuit
- Phone number: 502-822-5758
The Ken Nunn Law Office
- Location: Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana
- Website: https://kennunn.com/indiana-round-up-lawyer/
- Phone number: 317-636-2236
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