Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used weedkiller Roundup, has been previously linked to cases of cancer. Now researchers are finding evidence that chemicals in the herbicide may act as endocrine disruptors, interfering with the body’s hormones and leading to developmental and reproductive problems, and brain and immune system disruption.
The study titled “Glyphosate and the key characteristics of an endocrine disruptor: A Review,” published in the journal Chemosphere, is the first to consolidate the evidence on glyphosate as an endocrine-disrupting chemical. It follows studies published earlier this year that found glyphosate had an adverse impact on animals’ reproductive organs and threatened reproduction.
Dana Barr, professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, said the evidence “overwhelmingly” indicates glyphosate has endocrine-disrupting properties. “It’s not necessarily unexpected since glyphosate has some structural similarities with many other endocrine-disrupting pesticides; however, it is more concerning because glyphosate use far surpasses pesticides,” he said.
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world. It was introduced more than four decades ago in the weed killer Roundup by Monsanto Co. In June 2018, Monsanto was acquired by Bayer, just months before the company faced the first trial among thousands that claim exposure to glyphosate in Roundup causes a rare blood cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL).
Bayer lost its first three Roundup trials linking the weedkiller to NHL, with jury verdicts totaling $2.3 billion. The company is currently settling tens of thousands of lawsuits as part of a $10.9 billion deal, of which Beasley Allen’s Roundup litigation team has been skeptical. “We did not resolve cases for our clients at the time Bayer announced this settlement back in June because it lacked transparency and we felt Bayer was not serious about resolving cases for our clients,” said Rhon Jones, Beasley Allen’s toxic torts section head. “The hearing [in August] confirmed this.”
Monsanto Roundup litigation
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.