How Often is Glyphosate Used in the U.S.?

October 24, 2017  |  Environmental, Roundup

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer and has been termed a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization (WHO). But while you’ve no doubt seen a bottle of this product in your local home and garden store, you’d probably be surprised at how pervasive its use is in the United States.

Staggering Numbers

According to a recent study, more than 9 million tons of glyphosate has been used around the world since Roundup first hit the market in 1974. The amount of glyphosate that has been used globally is equal to more than 2,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, according to the researchers. Even worse, they say, it would be enough to spray a half a pound of the product on every acre of cultivated land across the globe.

About one-fifth of that amount – about 2 million tons – has been used in the U.S. alone. And that use has skyrocketed to staggering proportions, from about 11 million pounds in 1987 to almost 300 million pounds in 2015.

The Human Cost

Even though Monsanto says exposure to glyphosate is safe for humans, research says otherwise. Another study states that the herbicide is an “endocrine disruptor.” This means that it affects the way that hormones work, and how they’re produced.

People around the country are suing Monsanto, claiming they developed cancer due to glyphosate exposure. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits claim that the company knew of the dangers of glyphosate but continued to market the product nonetheless.

Several countries have either banned the herbicide or are considering banning it.

If you were exposed to glyphosate and then diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the attorneys with Baron & Budd may be able to help. Give us a call at 866-223-3424 orcomplete our contact form for a confidential consultation. We will listen to the details of your case and let you know if you qualify to take legal action.

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