Farmers are filing lawsuits against Monsanto, alleging the pesticide Roundup caused them to develop cancer.
The lawsuits allege glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, caused the farmers to develop develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lymphoma is cancer within the body’s infection-fighting cells. A recent research study confirms scientists are increasingly concerned human use of glyphosate-based herbicides, like Roundup, may cause cancer and lymphomas.
California was the first U.S. state to require Monsanto to label Roundup as a possible carcinogen, according to a ruling issued in Monsanto Co. v. Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, et al. This allows California to list glyphosate, Roundup’s active ingredient, as a chemical “known to the state to cause cancer” in accord with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded glyphosate is a “probable carcinogen.” Monsanto denies any link between glyphosate and cancer. More than 700 legal complaints have been filed against Monsanto concerning Roundup. As discussed in Roundup (Glyphosate) Cancer Lawsuits, civil litigants allege Roundup creator Monsanto falsified data and attacked legitimate studies which showed the dangers of Roundup, including a purposeful disninformation campaign to convince government agencies and the general population Roundup was safe. Monsanto also is accused of violating federal regulations by holding secret meetings with EPA officials to suppress investigations of glyphosate toxicity and carcinogenicity.