As one of the leading agricultural states in the nation, farming is a very big business in Ohio. In fact, about 1 in 8 jobs in the Buckeye State are related to farming, and agriculture and food production contribute nearly $50 billion in total economic value every year.
The importance of farming to Ohio’s economy is undeniable, which is why many people across the state are closely watching the unfolding legal and scientific drama surrounding a major herbicide that’s used widely in our state and around the country.
Glyphosate, often referred to by the brand name Roundup, is the most commonly used weed killer in world history, and it’s in very wide use across Ohio. But this herbicide is the subject of thousands upon thousands of lawsuits and a growing scientific view that it’s far from a harmless agricultural tool.
For Ohio residents who are concerned about exposure, it’s important to understand the issues surrounding glyphosate as well as what your legal rights may be in the event that you or a loved one have become sick after using the product.
Glyphosate Use in Ohio
Ohio farmers combined used more than 9 million pounds of glyphosate on their crops in 2016, placing the state 11th overall in the use of the weed killer, according to federal data. While the 2016 level was not a record (that was set in 2014), the state has seen a massive surge in the use of glyphosate over the past couple of decades. Ohio farmers have increased their glyphosate use by more than 2,100 percent since 1992, an increase that largely mirrors the major increases seen in other states and the nation as a whole.
Glyphosate is the herbicide of choice for those who grow a whole slew of crops, including corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, rice and fruits and vegetables. Ohio is a top 15 producer in the nation of many of these crops, including grain corn (10th), silage corn (13th), soybeans (seventh), wheat (11th) and oats (ninth).
Here’s a look at where the glyphosate used in the state in 2016 was spread:
- Corn: 29%
- Soybeans: 70%
- All other crops: 1%
It’s easy to understand why those involved directly in farming would be concerned about their exposure to glyphosate, given the state’s position as a leading corn and soy producer and the sheer volume of glyphosate our state’s farmers use to produce those crops.
But it’s crucial to note that the usage levels we’ve reported here are a U.S. Geological Survey estimate of the amount used, and it’s only the glyphosate used in farming operations, meaning that the other major uses, both commercial and non-commercial, are not included in these totals, so the actual amount of glyphosate covering Ohio is undoubtedly much higher.
The following graph shows the amount of glyphosate applied countrywide. The state of Ohio clearly is impacted by it’s agricultural application.
Ohio Residents at Risk
In addition to those who work as farm laborers, farm supervisors or other jobs in agriculture and food production, many more people work in roles where they, too, are likely to use or be exposed to glyphosate. For instance, groundskeepers and professional landscapers are likely to use weed killers like Roundup to kill unwanted plants.
Additionally, Roundup is a very popular weed killer for home use, and many people reading this now have likely used Roundup or another glyphosate-based product to control weed growth around their lawns and other Ohio properties.
Thanks to its popularity in farming, glyphosate residue also has been detected in food products such as breakfast cereal, orange juice, wine, snack bars, beer and more, including in testing done by the federal government. So the truth is that very few people can be completely sure they haven’t been exposed.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuits in Ohio
A California jury in the fall of 2018 determined that Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, developed terminal non-Hodgkin lymphoma after workplace exposure to Roundup. In their verdict, which including a $289 million award, the jury members determined that not only had Roundup caused Johnson’s illness but that Monsanto, the company that makes Roundup, and Bayer AG, the parent company of Monsanto, failed to inform consumers of the dangers posed by their product.
Since that blockbuster verdict, nearly 12,000 lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto and Bayer by people who used Roundup and became sick or are concerned that they could have been inappropriately exposed to a dangerous product.
Ohio residents who are concerned about their possible exposure to glyphosate and Roundup should know their rights. Like all other states, Ohio has set a time limit for those seeking to file product liability lawsuits. Ohio’s limit is one of the least consumer-friendly in the country, as the state allows just two years for these cases, meaning that you have 24 months from the date you are diagnosed with an illness caused by Roundup to seek legal recourse in our state.
Roundup and Its Effect on Human Health
Roundup and glyphosate are permitted for use on food crops despite mounting evidence that the herbicide causes cancer and other serious health problems in humans. Medical and scientific research have linked Roundup and glyphosate to many issues, including:
- Celiac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Childhood brain cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Breast cancer
Both the state of California and the World Health Organization list glyphosate as a known carcinogen.
How to File an Ohio Roundup Lawsuit
Ohioans who regularly used Roundup or glyphosate or have been exposed to it and are now sick or have been diagnosed with a serious illness, including any form of cancer, should seek a consultation with a qualified local attorney.
The majority of the cases currently pending or underway against Monsanto and Bayer are not grouped as class actions, though the situation is changing every day as more cases are being filed. But the best way for you to ensure you’re able to seek all the damages to which you are entitled is to consult with an attorney today. Remember that because of state law, your time to seek action may be limited.
Ohio Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Lawyers & Attorneys
Elk & Elk
- Location: Maryland Heights, Ohio
- Website: https://www.elkandelk.com/personal-injury/product-recalls/roundup-weed-killer-cancer-claims/
- Phone number: 800-ELK-OHIO
The Lyon Firm
- Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
- Website: https://thelyonfirm.com/roundup-cancer-lawyer-ohio/
- Phone number: 800-513-2403
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