More than likely, if you have a house there is a bottle of RoundUp weed killer somewhere in your garage. You may have even used it on your lawn recently without giving it a single thought. But with recent news stories calling the safety of the product into question, can you really be sure it is not posing a health risk to you and your family?
Last year, the World Health Organization labeled glyphosate, the primary ingredient in RoundUp, as a “probable” human carcinogen. That set off alarms all over the world as regulators started considering whether or not to ban the product. Not only were governmental agencies in the United States thinking of tightening restrictions, The Netherlands banned the use of herbicides with glyphosate in 2015. France and Brazil were considering bans as well.
Glyphosate, in a nutshell, kills weeds by inhibiting their ability to access a protein that is essential to their growth. Since Monsanto first introduced RoundUp in 1974, its use has spread to more than 160 countries. According to an article that appeared on the National Geographic website, more than 1 billion pounds of the herbicide are applied each year.
Human Health Effects
The popularity of RoundUp has been immense, but it has been linked to several serious health issues. Farm workers have sued Monsanto, claiming the product has caused a type of cancer known as Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initially stated there is not enough evidence to show glyphosate is a carcinogen, it recently announced it would take a closer look at the chemical. In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that use of glyphosate probably raises the risk of cancer among people who are exposed.
So while the question of whether RoundUp is dangerous is up for debate, there is a growing amount of evidence that it poses a substantial risk to human health. If you have been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after using the product, Baron & Budd may be able to help. Contact us by completing or online form or calling 866-223-3424.