New Mexico Man Claims Roundup Caused His Cancer
An Edgewood, NM resident has sued the maker of the weed killer Roundup, saying he developed cancer after prolonged exposure to the product. He is one of many people across the country filing lawsuits against Monsanto. Even though the company claims that Roundup is as safe as everyday table salt, plaintiffs in lawsuits think otherwise.
Years of Exposure
According to the lawsuit, the man claims he would use about three or four gallons of Roundup each year in order to eliminate weeds from his driveway. He did this, he says, for about 15 years before he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is a form of cancer that typically affects the stomach as well as other organs.
About 800 plaintiffs across the U.S. have taken legal action against Monsanto, claiming that the company knew Roundup was dangerous yet continued to place profits above the health of its customers. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced it had found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is a “probable human carcinogen.” The IARC is part of the World Health Organization.
There is evidence of flaws in research backing the claim that glyphosate is basically harmless to humans. According to internal Monsanto e-mails, executives stated that the company could “ghostwrite” research on behalf of certain academics. The company would produce the research, while the academics would sign their names to the research after editing it.