Monsanto is facing a growing number of lawsuits for failing to warn about the risk of cancer from Roundup (glyphosate). In March 2015, the cancer-research agency of the World Health Organization declared it a “probable human carcinogen” based on studies linking it to non-Hodgkin lymphoma in farm-workers.
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What is Roundup?
Roundup (glyphosate) is a broad-spectrum herbicide that is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf plants and grasses that compete with crops. It was introduced by Monsanto in 1974 and has become the most popular weed-killer in the world.
Roundup is now used in more than 160 countries and more than 1.4 billion pounds are sprayed on countless crops, lawns, home gardens, sports fields, playgrounds, orchards, parks, and more. Over 750 products for agriculture, forestry, urban, and home uses contain glyphosate.
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
In March 2015, Roundup was declared a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a division of the World Health Organization (WHO). The IARC was convinced by three studies in the United States, Canada, and Sweden that found higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma among farm-workers exposed to Roundup.
Types of Cancer Linked to Roundup
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Large Diffuse B-cell (DLBCL)
- Follicullar Lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-Cell
- Anapalastic T-cell
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
- Mantle Cell Lymphoma
- Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
Studies Linking Roundup and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
The evidence includes three recent studies linking Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in farm-workers in the United States, Canada, and Sweden:
- International Journal of Cancer (October 2008): Swedish study found that exposure to Roundup doubled the risk of being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma within 10 years.
- Occupational and Environmental Medicine (September 2003): Study of nearly 3,500 farmworkers in the midwestern United States found a 60% increased rate of non-Hodgkin lymphoma associated with exposure to Roundup.
- Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers (November 2001): Study of men in six provinces of Canada found higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma associated with higher exposures to Roundup, suggesting a dose-response relationship.
In 2015, a federal judge refused to dismiss a Roundup lawsuit was filed by a man with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The decision paved the way for more victims to file lawsuits involving non-Hodgkin lymphoma, bone cancer, and leukemia.
Farmer’s Lawsuit Could Be Landmark Case
In what could become a landmark case against Monsanto, the family of a California farmer who died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma says the weed-killer Roundup is responsible. McCall never smoked, kept in shape, and did not have a family history of cancer. He also never used pesticides on his farm — only the herbicide Roundup.
The lawsuit (PDF), McCall v. Monsanto, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Case No. 2:16:cv-01609) on March 9, 2016.
Roundup MDL Created in Northern California
In October 2016, all federal Roundup lawsuits were centralized in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2741) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under Judge Vince Chhabria. Monsanto is accuse of failing to warn about the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lawyers say the combination of glyphosate with the surfactant POEA makes Roundup more toxic than glyphosate alone.
What is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer that starts in lymphocytes, which are a type of white blood cell in the immune system that help the body fight infections. The early warning signs of NHL depend on where it grows in the body — lymph nodes, chest, brain, skin, or abdomen. For more information:
- What is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
- What are symptoms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
- What causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma?
- How is non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma treated?
Monsanto Engineers GMO “Roundup Ready” Crops
In the mid-1990s, Monsanto created genetically-engineered (GMO) crops to resist Roundup. This allowed farmers to spray it over entire fields without destroying the crop. Over the next two decades, the popularity of “Roundup Ready” crops boomed. By 2015, Roundup was sprayed on nearly every acre of corn, cotton, and soybeans grown in the United States.
Is Roundup in My Food?
In February 2016, the FDA announced that it would start testing for Roundup residues in food, including soybeans, corn, milk, and eggs. In the United States, independent test agencies have found Roundup residues in honey, soy sauce, breast milk, and infant formula.
“In February, testing found traces of glyphosate in German beer and organic panty liners sold in France. Other tests have found chemical residue in British bread, as well as in the urine of people across Europe.”
FDA Finds Roundup in U.S. Honey
In January 2016, the FDA tested 10 samples of honey from Louisiana, Ohio, and Florida. All of them tested positive for glyphosate, and some had twice the legal limit of 50 parts per billion (ppb) set in the European Union. The FDA said the residues are “not a safety threat” because the EPA has concluded the glyphosate is “almost non-toxic” to humans.
Roundup Studies in Rats & Mice
There is convincing evidence that Roundup causes cancer in laboratory animals. Three studies in male CD-1 mice have found that Roundup increased the rate of pancreatic islet-cell adenomas, renal tubule carcinoma, and haemangiosarcoma. On the basis of tumors in mice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) originally classified Roundup as “possibly carcinogenic in humans” in 1985, but reversed its decision in 1991.
Low Doses of Roundup Linked to Liver Damage
In January 2017, a study published in Nature showed that rats who drank very low doses of Roundup for two years developed serious liver damage. It was the first study to link “real world” exposures of Roundup to a serious illness. The amount of Roundup in the water was far lower than what regulators permit. Click here to read more.
Genotoxic and Chromosomal Damage Linked to Roundup
Evidence linking Roundup and cancer in humans is limited, but several studies have associated it with DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells. In 2009, it was associated with genotoxic damage in a study of people living in coffee-growing regions of Columbia where aerial spraying of Roundup was used against cocaine production. A study of people living near places where Roundup is sprayed had increases in blood markers of chromosomal damage (micronuclei), according to the IARC.
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