The Secret Health Hazards of a Popular Weed Killer
Roundup weed killer is one of the most popular herbicides on the market, accounting for billions of dollars in revenue for Monsanto. But what the company doesn’t want you to know is that it has been linked to a deadly form of cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. People across the country have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, claiming that exposure to Roundup resulted in them being diagnosed with this dreaded disease.
The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, a chemical that is sprayed on many different types of crops throughout the nation. Advocates of glyphosate use say that it’s essential to helping make the food supply safe. Critics – and those who have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – say it’s a deadly chemical that should be eliminated.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced in 2015 that Roundup is a likely carcinogen, and several studies have given a great deal of credence to that finding. One medical journal, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, published a study that concluded there was overwhelming evidence that there is a link between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
What Did Monsanto Know?
Plaintiffs in Roundup weed killer lawsuits allege that Monsanto was well aware of the dangers of glyphosate, yet continued to place profits ahead of human health – putting thousands of people at risk. A federal judge recently unsealed internal Monsanto documents suggesting that company executives were told about the IARC announcement months before it took place. That gave them a head start in putting together a public relations plan denouncing the IARC findings.
Even worse, the documents also heavily suggest that an Environmental Protection Agency director worked to try and keep the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from conducting a review of glyphosate.
If this chemical is as safe as Monsanto insists it is, why would they need the help?