Several farming and food groups have teamed up to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s finding that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, is likely not carcinogenic, arguing that the agency’s bias toward agri-business Monsanto is putting those exposed to the chemical at risk.
“EPA’s half-completed, biased, and unlawful approval sacrifices the health of farmworkers and endangered species at the altar of Monsanto profits,” said George Kimbrell, legal director for the Center for Food Safety. “The reckoning for Roundup is coming.”
Kimbrell’s group, along with the Rural Coalition, Organización en California de Líderes Campesinas, and the Farmworker Association of Florida, Beyond Pesticides, filed the petition for to review of the EPA’s registration for glyphosate. The agency has stated that the chemical – which is the most widely used weed killer in the U.S. – continues to meet the requirements for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
However, in 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen based, in part, on studies involving farmers exposed to glyphosate who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Afterwards, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment added glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing chemicals.
Other studies have found that glyphosate causes environmental hazards and puts pollinator species, such as butterflies and bees, at risk.
Since Roundup maker Monsanto was purchased by Bayer AG in 2018, the company has been hit with tens of thousands of lawsuits alleging its herbicide caused farmers, landscapers, and consumers to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Three cases have gone to trial, and all have ended in multi-million-dollar verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs.
Beasley Allen lawyers are currently representing clients who have been exposed to Roundup and developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Our Roundup Litigation Team would welcome the opportunity to speak with you regarding a potential claim. For more information, contact one of the members of the Roundup Litigation Team: John Tomlinson (who heads up the team), Michael Dunphy, Danielle Ingram or Rhon Jones, all lawyers in our Toxic Torts Section.