Over the past several months, new documents have been released showing some of the risks of the weed killer Roundup. Roundup was originally owned and marketed by Monsanto but is now a product of Bayer.
What Makes Roundup Dangerous?
Roundup is made from a chemical known as glyphosate. Glyphosate works by preventing weeds from making certain proteins they need for growth. Recently, a committed of scientists working for the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization concluded that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic – in other words, Roundup likely causes cancer. Specifically, Roundup has been linked to a particular kind of cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the white blood cells. It typically forms in lymph tissue, like the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow or the tonsils. While numerous treatment options exist, chemotherapy and radiation are the most common treatments.
What did Monsanto do Wrong?
The New York Times recently reported on some unsealed documents related to the safety of Roundup. These documents included e-mails between Roundup executives. Dan Jenkins, a Monsanto executive, wrote of a potential review of the cancer-causing potential of Roundup “if I can kill this, I should get a medal.” (full article) In fact, the review never took place.
Allegations have also been made that Monsanto executives “ghostwrote” research on Roundup by hiring scientists to sign off on papers that were actually written by Monsanto. The New York Times notes that one such e-mail argues for the fraudulent studies, suggesting that “We would be keeping the cost down by us doing the writing and they would just edit & sign their names so to speak.” Monsanto now denies that it created fraudulent research in support of Roundup.
Do I Have a Case?
A California jury recently awarded $289,000,000 to a cancer victim, finding that Roundup caused a “substantial danger” to a terminally ill cancer patient who was exposed to Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro products. With each passing month, additional scientific data is released supporting the dangers of Roundup as a cancer-causing product. Monsanto and Bayer continue to fight these cases, alleging that the science does not support the numerous verdicts that have been awarded against them.
If you have been exposed to Roundup and have developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result, please call Haun Mena for a free case evaluation at 713-781-8600 or fill out the form and we will give you a call.