Sixteen environmental, health, and farmer organizations released a statement calling for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pull glyphosate-containing weed killers from the U.S. market, citing growing evidence of the link between the chemical and cancer.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. In 2018, Bayer AG purchased Monsanto for $66 billion. Later that year, Bayer and Monsanto were hit with a $289 million verdict in the first trial among hundreds of lawsuits alleging exposure to glyphosate in Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That verdict, awarded to a school groundskeeper, was later reduced to $78.5 million. The second trial ended with an $80 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The third trial resulted in a $2.055 billion verdict on behalf of an elderly couple who both developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Bayer and Monsanto have stood firm on their opinion that glyphosate does not cause cancer despite the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, in 2015, classifying glyphosate as a probable carcinogen based on studies of farmers exposed to the pesticide who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The agencies who pressed the EPA to ban glyphosate include:
- Beyond Pesticides
- Beyond Toxics
- Central Maryland Beekeepers Association
- Farmworkers Association of Florida
- Food and Water Watch
- Friends of the Earth
- Kansas Rural Center
- Maryland Pesticide Education Network
- National Family Farm Coalition
- Northeast Organic Farming Association: Massachusetts Chapter
- Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
- Organic Consumers Association
- People and Pollinators Action Network
- Pesticide Action Network
- Sierra Club
- Toxic Free North Carolina
The organizations released the statement in response to the EPA announcing last month that it found no human health safety concerns with glyphosate. The agencies say that in order to regain public trust, the EPA must conduct full-formation testing on the risks posed by glyphosate.
“In the absence of this additional and necessary data, we urge the agency to revoke the registration of glyphosate and promote the wide range of non-toxic and least-toxic products and practices currently available, which can readily replace the use of this hazardous pesticide,” the letter stated.
Beasley Allen lawyers are currently representing hundreds of 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.