Agriculture is the largest single industry in Mississippi, contributing billions to the state’s economy every year and accounting for nearly 30 percent of the state’s workforce. The state is a top 20 producer of several crops, including corn, soybeans and cotton.
The important role of farming to the state’s economy and in people’s everyday lives is a big reason why many people all around the state are concerned about their potential exposure to a controversial weed killer. Glyphosate, often referred to by the brand name Roundup, is at the center of thousands of lawsuits that have been filed alleging that the product is far from safe.
In fact, two juries already have said that Roundup causes cancer, and that position is bolstered by a growing body of scientific evidence. For those in Mississippi who have used or been exposed to Roundup whether because of their jobs or because they’ve used the herbicide to control weeds and vegetation around their properties, there are several important areas to consider.
Glyphosate Use in Mississippi
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that Mississippi farmers used about 4.3 million pounds of glyphosate to kill weeds on their crops in 2016. Mississippi ranked 22nd in 2016 in most glyphosate used and has seen an 1,882 percent increase in the use of the weed killer for farming operations since 1992, though use has decreased every year since 2014.
Nationally, Roundup and glyphosate are used on a diverse range of crops but are most commonly used on corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and cotton, many crops that are grown all around our state. Here’s a look at how Mississippi farmers used all that glyphosate in 2016:
- Corn: 19%
- Soybeans: 59%
- Cotton: 18%
- Rice: 3%
- Pasture & hay: 1%
Mississippi is a key producer of several crops, including soybeans (13th), grain corn (19th) and cotton (5th). Farmland accounts for 10.7 million acres in Mississippi, and farming is a crucial industry in all of the state’s 82 counties.
While the USGS data, particularly the increase noted over the past two decades, is shocking, those numbers tell only one small part of the picture. That’s because those figures cover only the estimated amount of glyphosate used on farms in 2016 and does not cover non-agricultural but still commercial use, such as for professional landscaping, or at-home use, which is likely to be significant, as Roundup is a popular product for the home gardener.
Featured Glyphosate Graph
The following graph shows the amount of glyphosate applied countrywide. The state of Mississippi clearly is impacted by it’s agricultural application.
Mississippi Residents at Risk
Those who have come into direct contact with Roundup or glyphosate while using the substance to kill weeds around their yards or on the job, including those who work as farmers, farm laborers, groundskeepers or professional gardeners, are at the greatest risk of serious illness due to their exposure. Their contact with Roundup, whether they’ve gotten it on their skin, accidentally ingested it or inhaled the vapors, puts them at the greatest risk level, but they are not the only ones who have cause for concern.
That’s because thanks to the widespread use of this herbicide on such a broad range of crops, trace amounts of glyphosate residue have been detected on dozens of food products. Various nonprofits have conducted independent testing, and even testing done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirms that glyphosate is present throughout the food supply.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuits in Mississippi
Two separate juries in California have sided with plaintiffs in their lawsuits against Monsanto and its new parent company, Bayer AG. In both cases, the jury members were convinced that Roundup was the cause or a significant contributor to both men developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The first verdict, which was reached in the fall of 2018, went in favor of a former school groundskeeper who used Roundup regularly as part of his job, and the second verdict, reached in mid-March 2019 involved a man who used Roundup for years to kill weeds and vegetation around his property.
Bayer has confirmed it’s facing nearly 12,000 lawsuits, and several are currently underway, with many plaintiffs claiming that not only is Roundup harmful but that Monsanto and Bayer were long aware of the dangers of the product but did not seek to safeguard the public.
For Mississippi residents who believe their serious illnesses are connected to their use of or exposure to Roundup or glyphosate, the time for action is now. The state has some of the least consumer-friendly product liability laws in the nation, setting a time limit of just two years from the date of injury to bring a lawsuit.
New cases are being filed all the time, but so far, they are not being grouped together as one mass class action. While this has the potential to benefit consumers because juries are more likely to award major damage amounts, it also means that the only way to ensure you are able to seek justice is to consult with an attorney who can advise you.
Roundup and Its Effect on Human Health
Glyphosate is officially considered a non-carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but this is a contentious opinion that’s not shared by many other groups, including the state of California and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, both of which officially classify the herbicide as a probable human carcinogen.
In addition, a growing body of scientific evidence is linking Roundup and glyphosate to serious illnesses that affect thousands of people across our state and the nation. These include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Childhood brain cancer
- Celiac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Thyroid cancer
- Breast cancer
How to File a Mississippi Roundup Lawsuit
The best way to ensure that you have a chance at your day in court is to consult with a qualified local attorney who is well-versed in the issues surrounding Roundup and the state’s strict product liability laws.
Keep in mind that so far, these cases are not grouped as class actions, so the only way to know whether you have a strong case is to discuss your situation with a local attorney.
Mississippi Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Lawyers & Attorneys
The following attorneys handle roundup cancer lawsuit cases in Mississippi:
Chhabra & Gibbs
- Location: Jackson and Gulfport, Mississippi
- Website: https://cglawms.com/practice-areas/mass-torts/roundup-weed-killer/
- Phone number: 601-948-8005
- Location: Ridgeland, Mississippi
- Website: https://portermalouf.com/practice-areas/roundup-toxicity/
- Phone number: 866-957-1173
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