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Roundup Litigation

Roundup & Cancer Ohio Toxic Exposure Lawyer


Glyphosate is best known as the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, produced and distributed by Monsanto.

WHO Report on Glyphosate and Cancer

As early as the 1980s, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committee determined that the weed killer Roundup could cause cancer. Since then, there has been much back-and-forth argument on the subject. But a report in March 2015 released by the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the same concerns.

The WHO now states that Roundup “probably” causes cancer in their March 2015 report. This rating  was determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the WHO’s cancer agency. Their conclusions were based on human, animal, and cell exposure studies, published since 2001 in the US, Canada, and Sweden.

Scientists have found what appears to be a strong link between pesticide exposure and the blood cancer non-Hodgkin lymphoma. A long series of reports from the IARC show that people exposed to the weed killer glyphosate have an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Monsanto disagrees with the conclusions.   The California EPA has now also deemed glyphosate a cancer-causing agent.

Joe Lyon is a highly rated Ohio toxic exposure and product liability attorney who has successfully represented individuals throughout the United States in numerous complex product liability cases.  These cases are generally filed in Federal Court, though State Court options may be available in certain cases.

How Is Glyphosate Used?

The primary use is agricultural. Farmers can apply the weed killer to entire fields without destroying crops. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops, which are genetically modified to survive heavy use, account for the majority of corn and soy crops grown in the United States. According to a study by Washington State University, glyphosate residue was found in 90 percent of 300 soybean samples.

In 2012, five million acres in California were treated with glyphosate to grow edible crops, such as almonds, peaches, onions, cantaloupe, cherries, sweet corn, citrus, and grapes. Concerns about glyphosate in food have been recently debated in the United States. Last year Vermont passed the country’s first mandatory labelling law for genetically modified food.

Who is Exposed to Glyphosate?

Introduced by Monsanto in 1970s, farmers and farm workers are exposed to glyphosate on a daily basis.  It is now used in more than 160 countries.   Moreover,  the EPA ranked glyphosate as the second most widely used weed killer for lawn and garden. People routinely handle Roundup in and around their homes.

As a result of the widespread use, the weed killer has been detected in food, water and in the air after it has been sprayed, according to the WHO report. An additional USGS study recently found glyphosate in the majority of rivers and streams in 38 states, and also in about 70 percent of rainfall samples. People working on or living near farms where glyphosate is used are the most vulnerable. Studies have found glyphosate in farmworkers’ blood and urine.

It’s worth noting that the pesticide is now generic and is used in many products, not only Roundup. This includes a new weed killer manufactured by Dow Chemical that combines glyphosate with another pesticide.

How Dangerous is Glyphosate to your Health?

The WHO has declared glyphosate a “probable human carcinogen.” One study suggests that glyphosate may affect pathogens such as Salmonella in ways that can contribute to antibiotic resistance. Research also links it to the following:

  • Hormone disruption
  • Chromosomal damage in cells
  • Increased risks of cancer (non-Hodgkin lymphoma)
  • Tumor formation (in some animal studies)
  • Birth defects
  • Respiratory irritation

International Response

Some countries have decided to take action. Sri Lanka, alarmed by suspected links to kidney disease, has banned the use of glyphosate. Canada and Brazil are considering new regulations, while Mexico, Colombia and the Netherlands have already imposed new restrictions.
Even some school districts in the US have talked about banning the use of Roundup.

Legal Representation

The Lyon Firm is investigating cases nationwide.  The case criteria includes:

  • Known exposure to Round Up on a continuous basis;
  • Diagnosis with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma or leukemia;
  • Death associated with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma or leukemia.

If you have questions about the science or the legal procedure or available remedies, please call The Lyon Firm for a free and confidential consultation.

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If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to toxic exposure and have questions about the root cause and the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403.  You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions

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