Roundup is the most popular weed-killing product in the history of agriculture. It was developed by the highly controversial company Monsanto, acquired in 2018 by the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer.
Despite its ever-growing popularity and superb effectiveness, Roundup is also one of the most controversial herbicides to this day. Many scientists, farmers, and other people debate the effects of Roundup on health and the environment.
California seems to be the epicenter of people seeking reparations for the allegations about Roundup’s adverse health effects. Read on to learn more about those California Roundup lawsuits and how you can seek justice if you’ve been affected by this weedkiller.
What Is Roundup?
Roundup is a brand name for a herbicide called glyphosate. It was formulated in the 70s, but its popularity began in the 90s when Roundup Ready crops hit the market. Combining this cheap and effective herbicide and new genetically modified seeds allowed farmers to control weeds, grow crops more efficiently, and improve cost-effectiveness.
California seems to be the epicenter of people seeking reparations for the allegations about Roundup’s adverse health effects.
The rise of Monsanto, GMO crops, and glyphosate in the 90s was so fast that it scared many people. It was relatively new biotechnology, and many were concerned with the possible side effects of consuming these crops.
Is Roundup Bad for Your Health?
Many people use Roundup to get rid of weeds from their yards and gardens. It is also a go-to weed killer for the majority of workers in agriculture.
The debate on Roundup’s health effects is very much active. Although it has been labeled as a Class C carcinogen by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the past, the EPA changed its stance in 1991 and now states that glyphosate doesn’t pose a threat to human health and most likely doesn’t cause cancer. That refers to the case when Roundup is used according to the label.
However, a 2015 assessment by the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans. That remains an official World Health Organization (WHO) stance to this day.
Other regulatory bodies such as the European Food Safety Authority agree with the EPA’s stance and conclude that glyphosate is most likely not carcinogenic to humans.
As the debate between scientists continues, people have decided to seek justice in court, and this is where California becomes a spotlight for the case against Roundup.
California is a leader in agricultural production, so it is no surprise that farmers have used over 122 billion pounds of Roundup in previous decades. When Bayer acquired Monsanto, it also inherited lawsuits from homeowners and farmers who claimed Roundup was responsible for their cancer development.
In 2019 we saw the first successful lawsuits against Bayer. The plaintiffs used Roundup for many years and have developed a rare form of cancer called Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The court decided that the evidence linking Roundup and cancer in these individuals was significant, and the plaintiffs received multi-million dollar compensations.
This laid ground for more lawsuits, and last year, Bayer was forced to resolve almost 100.000 cases with a $10 billion settlement. The company reached another settlement in February 2021 worth $2 billion for all future cases against Roundup.
Interestingly, despite these multi-billion dollar settlements, Bayer hasn’t decided to put warnings on the label, stating the potential health risks. The company is firm on its stance that scientific evidence shows no threat to human health when Roundup is used according to the label. These settlements seem more like damage control, as the company has already dedicated large sums for any future lawsuits.
What Should You Do If You’ve Been Affected by Roundup?
Past California trials against Bayer show promise for all people who believe they have been affected by Roundup. It set a good foundation for all future lawsuits, as there is a doubt that in addition to Roundup being dangerous, the company also knew all about it and tried to conceal it from the public.
But, Bayer has continued to fight these claims through appeals, so we are yet to find how it all turns out.
One thing is certain – you should ask legal counsel if you believe using Roundup has affected your health. Finding the right lawyer who has plenty of experience in similar cases is the most important thing, as they’ll know how to navigate your case and reach a satisfactory conclusion with adequate compensation.
What Does the Future Look Like for Roundup?
Despite all the controversy, Roundup remains the most studied weedkiller in history. It is so effective, affordable, and helpful that its use is only going up every year.
In the meantime, California continues the ongoing legal battle with Bayer, and it seems like it’s going to take a while. Maybe we’ll get some more scientific information in the process that will help with these lawsuits, whether it be for strengthening the position on Roundup’s safety or highlighting the health risks.
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