Nebraska ranks fourth overall when it comes to agricultural production in the United States, and farming accounts for about 1 in 4 jobs in the state. Without a doubt, farming and food production are critical to the economy of Nebraska.
With so much of the state devoted to farming, it’s no wonder why many across Nebraska may be concerned about their possible exposure to Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate. The popular herbicide is at the center of a legal firestorm, and thanks to Nebraska’s place in the agricultural world, the state is a major user of glyphosate for agriculture.
In fact, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, only two states used more glyphosate than Nebraska in 2016 — Illinois and Iowa. Glyphosate is commonly used on many of the crops Nebraska is known for, including hay, corn, soybeans and wheat.
A 2018 jury verdict linked Roundup to cancer, and nearly 12,000 more lawsuits are pending against Monsanto, the company that makes Roundup, and its parent company, Bayer. For Nebraskans who have been exposed to glyphosate or Roundup and later became sick, it’s important to understand the controversy and what their rights could be to seek legal recourse.
Glyphosate Use in Nebraska
A record 21.8 million pounds of glyphosate were applied to farm fields in Nebraska in 2016, according to the most recently reported federal data. The state placed third in the nation in total glyphosate used, and it’s seen an incredible 12,000 percent increase in usage of the substance since 1992.
Nationally, glyphosate is the most-used weed killer in farming, being widely used on crops like corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and hay, and the same is true in Nebraska as well. Here’s a look at how the glyphosate the state’s farms used in 2016 was divided:
- Corn: 58%
- Soybeans: 34%
- Wheat: 1%
- Hay: 4%
- All other crops: 3%
Nebraska is a leading producer of many crops that are common glyphosate targets, including hay (second), grain corn (third), soybeans (fifth) and winter wheat (eighth). Cash farm receipts accounted for $21 billion in value in the state in 2017, and farming/ranching covers 45.2 million acres across the state, or about 91 percent of Nebraska’s total area.
With so much of the state literally taken up by farming, it’s no wonder that so many people across Nebraska are showing concern for their exposure to glyphosate. Individuals who have filled hands-on roles in farming, applying herbicide to crops, as well as those who have worked professionally in non-farm jobs where weed killers are commonly used, such as landscapers and groundskeepers, are the ones most likely to face the highest risk of health problems due to glyphosate and Roundup. But Roundup is also a hugely popular weed killer for home use, and many homeowners use it to keep their yards and other properties weed-free.
Additionally, those who have never used Roundup directly still could be affected, as several rounds of testing have revealed trace amounts of glyphosate in the food supply.
The following graph shows the amount of glyphosate applied countrywide. The state of Nebraska clearly is impacted by it’s agricultural application.
Nebraska Residents at Risk
The presence of glyphosate in the food supply, which is the subject of both private and public testing that has found this evidence, means that even those without direct contact, or even knowledge of the product, could have been exposed and even ingested the substance.
So while those who worked directly in farming, food production, landscaping, groundskeeping or gardening or who have used Roundup around their yards may be the most at-risk groups, the truth is that all Nebraska consumers may be at risk from glyphosate exposure.
Plus, up until just a few years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had not yet developed a test that could detect glyphosate in food, so it’s likely that people were exposed to glyphosate in the food for years without knowing it.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuits in Nebraska
Bayer AG, the parent company of Monsanto, has said it is facing nearly 12,000 lawsuits over Roundup. With multiple trials getting underway in 2019 and coming on the heels of a huge verdict issued against the company in the fall of 2018, more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of Roundup and considering their options.
A California jury last fall determined that Roundup had caused a former school groundskeeper to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma and awarded the man $289 million, though that was later reduced by a judge. While that case is still under appeal, with thousands more pending, people in Nebraska who believe they became sick because of Roundup should know their rights.
Nebraskans are fortunate to live in a state with some of the most consumer-friendly product liability laws, but only a qualified local attorney can help you determine whether to pursue legal action against Monsanto and Bayer.
Nebraska state law sets a four-year time limit on product liability lawsuits, which is among the largest time limits in the nation, but given Roundup’s long-standing domination of the weed killer market, it’s important to avoid delays in seeking damages for harm done by this product.
Roundup and Its Effect on Human Health
Many studies have tied glyphosate and Roundup to serious health issues, including many potentially deadly disease that affect hundreds of people all across Nebraska. Despite this, glyphosate and Roundup remain approved for use both commercially and non-commercially.
While the legality of Roundup may be a settled question for now, it’s potential for harm is far from a non-controversial topic. Both the state of California and the World Health Organization classifying glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen, and researchers have tied the weed killer to about a dozen serious health problems in humans, including:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Death of liver cells
- Celiac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Breast cancer
- Childhood brain cancer
- Thyroid cancer
How to File a Nebraska Roundup Lawsuit
For Nebraskans who used Roundup and have since become seriously ill or been diagnosed with a serious condition, including any form of cancer, the time to consult a qualified local attorney is now.
While most of the cases pending against Bayer and Monsanto have not been classified as a class action, with new cases being filed every day, it’s important that you work today to locate and consult with an expert attorney who can review your case and determine what legal claims you may be able to make.
Nebraska Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Lawyers & Attorneys
Domina Law Group
- Location: Omaha, Nebraska
- Website: https://www.dominalaw.com/investigations/monsanto-roundup-and-cancer/
- Phone number: 402-493-4100
Inserra Kelley Sewell
- Location: Omaha, Nebraska
- Website: https://inserra.com/
- Phone number: 855-977-9411
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