Extensive use of Roundup has been associated with the development of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Roundup, manufactured by agribusiness giant Monsanto, is sold across the globe as an effective weed killer. An estimated 1.4 billion pounds of Roundup are used in 160 countries each year, making it one of the most popular herbicides in the world.
Introduced to the market in 1974, Roundup is sprayed on commercial farms, golf courses, and private lawns and gardens. Farmworkers, golf course attendants, landscapers, nursery workers, and other outdoor laborers frequently use Roundup.
Though Roundup is sprayed on corn, soy, and other edible crops in the United States, the risk is primarily an occupational hazard. Exposure to glyphosate may cause these individuals to develop serious illnesses.
As researchers and regulators investigate its potential carcinogenic effects, Roundup remains a standard in residential maintenance and commercial agriculture.
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Reports from doctors have indicated that Roundup may be linked to various types of lymphoma, including:
- Skin lymphoma
- Burkitt lymphoma
- Peripheral T-cell lymphoma
- Mantle Cell lymphoma
- Follicular lymphoma
- Hairy cell lymphoma
- Large B-cell lymphoma
- non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Additional Health Issues
Though research is inconclusive, there may be a potential link between Roundup exposure and other health issues, such as:
- Hormone disruption
- Magnesium deficiency
- Thyroid cancer
- Liver cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Kidney cancer
Thousands of plaintiffs have already filed claims against Monsanto and Bayer claiming that RoundUp was responsible for their Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
In 2019, plaintiffs claimed the most dramatic legal victory with a jury verdict for $2.055 billion. This verdict was later lowered to $86.7 million but that verdict has repeatedly failed to be overturned.
In Aug. 2020, California affirmed another verdict for $20.6 million for Dwayne “Lee” Johnson who used RoundUp for years before developing non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While Bayer claimed that science disagreed with the verdict, numerous judges have confirmed it.
Most recently, golf professional Gary Lindeblad filed another lawsuit claiming that his injuries were entirely avoidable because Monsanto had direct knowledge of Roundup’s harmful effects and knew of the cancer risk for decades. He asked for a jury trial and compensation for “pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other noneconomic damages.”
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