Glyphosate toxicity. I wanted to make a greater effort to make it as easy as possible for you to recognize the potential harm posed by this widely-used herbicide. I have cut and pasted text about it from a law firm’s website, https://www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com/…/roundup…/ I don’t think they will mind such an extensive quotation because it does help them secure clients. More importantly to me is that it may alert readers to their own vulnerability and to the possibility of gaining monetary compensation.–jld
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Long-Term Health Effects of Herbicide Exposure
Roundup is a danger to people. There are numerous long-term effects, including Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
After hearing so much about Roundup in the news, you may be wondering about the substance behind all of the claims. So, what is the biochemical basis for Roundup cancer claims, and what does the science say?
Roundup suppresses the ability of plants to produce essential amino acids and proteins needed for growth. Since all plants need these proteins to live, Roundup kills all plants, not just weeds.
The chemical is nearly ubiquitous. Landscapers and farmers use Roundup’s hazardous chemicals on residential lawns and gardens, public parks, schoolyards, right-of-way areas, and crops.
Unfortunately, this widespread use has exposed farmworkers to this chemical, who have been getting sick for years.
Crops genetically engineered to be immune to Roundup increase glyphosate levels found in streams, lakes, and ditches. Unfortunately, the chemical is also now found in much of our food, which builds up in our bodies.
Glyphosate as a Carcinogen
Exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system that severely impacts the body’s immune system.
In 2015, WHO’s IARC said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, is a probable carcinogen and that exposure may increase the risk of contracting non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Environmental Exposure to Roundup
Once Monsanto debuted its Roundup Ready seeds in the 1990s, the product became much more useful to the agricultural industry. Farmers could now spray the weed killer on their fields, killing weeds without harming crops.
But over time, weeds developed a resistance to glyphosate, requiring more and more of the herbicide to kill the weeds. Eventually, “superweeds” immune to Roundup developed.
Now, many farmers are back to mixing multiple chemicals, including glyphosate, to kill the weeds in their fields. Unfortunately, the increased use of hazardous concoctions results in more chemical runoff of [glyphosate] and other dangerous toxins into ditches, streams, lakes, and eventually our water supply.
A report based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture data indicates that farmers are now using 383 million pounds more pesticides than they would have if Roundup had never been developed.
Exposure Through Food
People are now facing unprecedented levels of glyphosate in their foods. Unfortunately, as Roundup use has dramatically increased, so has the level of the herbicide found in our food supply.
In 2019, scientific studies from the Environmental Working Group researching twenty-one oat-based cereal and snack products revealed that all but four products contained measurable amounts of glyphosate higher than the EWG considers safe for children.
Alarmingly, it seems that children may be at risk for glyphosate exposure through food at higher rates than adults. In July of 2019, CBS News reported on a study measuring glyphosate levels found in adults and children.
While Bayer AG, which now owns Monsanto, refuses to acknowledge the dangers of glyphosate, the company recently announced that it would be investing more than $5 billion to develop glyphosate alternatives and recently paid over $10 million to settle tens of thousands of new Roundup lawsuits.
In the meantime, people continue to be exposed to Roundup and glyphosate through the environment and the food we eat.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma or cancer after using Roundup, contact us for a free consultation.
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