Until recently, the fight over Roundup has mostly focused on its active ingredient, glyphosate. But mounting evidence, including one study published in February, shows it’s not only glyphosate that’s dangerous, but also chemicals listed as “inert ingredients” in some formulations of Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers.
Though they have been in herbicides — and our environment — for decades, these chemicals have evaded scientific scrutiny and regulation in large part because the companies that make and use them have concealed their identity as trade secrets.
Now, as environmental scientists have begun to puzzle out the mysterious chemicals sold along with glyphosate, evidence that these so-called inert ingredients are harmful has begun to hit U.S. courts.
Research on these chemicals seems to have played a role in the stark disagreement over glyphosate’s safety that has played out on the international stage over the last year. In March 2015, using research on both glyphosate alone and the complete formulations of Roundup and other herbicides, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen.
The IARC report noted an association between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and glyphosate, significant evidence that the chemical caused cancer in lab animals, and strong evidence that it damaged human DNA. One can also refer to monsantoroundupcancerlawsuit to hire the best attorney to solve your legal issues.
Another reason the agencies may have differed, according to 94 environmental health experts from around the world, is that IARC considered only independent studies, while the EFSA report included data from unpublished industry-submitted studies, which were cited with redacted footnotes.
Allegations: Monsanto failed to warn about Roundup’s risks
According to the Roundup cancer lawsuits, plaintiffs may have not succumbed to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other cancers if they had been warned about the Roundup risks. The cancer-stricken agricultural workers claim that they would have deployed increased safety precautions or used other less toxic products to control weeds.
Roundup Multidistrict ligation Consolidated in California
All Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer cases over Roundup were recently centralized before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in the Northern District of California, for coordinated discovery and pretrial proceedings. One can click here to get more information on Monsanto’s Roundup Lawsuit.