The Timothy Litzenburg law firm currently represents over 500 people with non-Hodgkin lymphoma suing Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, because they believe this glyphosate-based herbicide caused their cancer. Roundup is the most widely used herbicide used globally by farmers and home gardeners alike. Litzenburg anticipates more than 2000+ cases will be filed by year’s end.
It has been decades since Monsanto was able to convince the EPA to change glyphosate from a Class C Carcinogen to a Class E non-carcinogenic classification in humans. While Monsanto is aware of the cancer risk associated with Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate, they have tried hard to cover the risk up.
In 2015, IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), the research arm of the WHO, determined that Roundup was a probable carcinogen. Then in March 2017 a judge requested sealed documents be unsealed, exposing a 30-year cover up of the dangers of glyphosate. Monsanto’s former director of environmental assessment and toxicology, Dr. George Levinskas was involved in the cover up of the cancer risks associated with PCBs in the 1970s and glyphosate in the 1980s .
In 2015, California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment listed glyphosate as a known cancer causing chemical. Monsanto quickly filed against the OEHHA to stop the action but in February 2017 they lost their case. California is a national leader in flagging the dangers of Roundup and now all glyphosate consumer products must have a warning label.
A Michigan State University study linked the 90% decrease in Monarch butterflies since 1996 to the use of Roundup on milkweed, which is the only plant that the Monarch butterfly lays their eggs on. In addition, Roundup/glyphosate is linked directly to conditions in humans:
- ADHD – Farming communities have a strong link between Roundup exposure and ADHD.
- Alzheimer’s – The neural cell death found in Alzheimer’s has been created in the laboratory with Roundup.
- Anencephaly and other birth defects – There has been an investigation of birth defects among babies that are born to mothers who live within 1,000 meters of pesticide applications, with a direct link found between glyphosate and birth defects.
- Autism – Glyphosate has numerous associated biological effects that line up with pathologies linked to autism.
- Brain cancer – Researchers have found that adults exposed to Roundup up to two-years before a child’s birth, parent children that have twice the likelihood of developing brain cancer. 
- Cancer – 65,000 people in Argentina’s farming communities using Roundup had a cancer risk that was 2-4 times higher than the national average. 
The list goes on and includes gluten intolerance, kidney disease, hypothyroidism, heart disease, IBD, MS, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Parkinson’s, and more, which is alarming.
However, it isn’t just Roundup. There are other toxic chemicals used in agriculture such as 2,4-D (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid). This chemical is an ingredient used in ‘weed and feed’ lawn care products, and it is also found in Agent Orange, which was used in chemical warfare in the jungles of Vietnam, where there were devastating consequences to those exposed to it. In a number of studies 2,4-D is detected in 75% of the air samples that are taken.
With USA Roundup sales reaching $3.5 billion in 2016, it’s no surprise Monsanto is doing everything to protect this revenue stream, but at what cost? The question becomes, when will we stop using such deadly products? The best way to reduce your exposure is to eat organic and to filter your home water.
You can also test yourself for glyphosate levels using a glyphosate urine test kit developed by Iowa’s Heath Research Institute. When you order the kit you are automatically enrolled in their ongoing study.