Monsanto Faces Dozens of Roundup Cancer Lawsuits

Roundup is the most popular herbicide in the world. It contains glyphosate, a chemical that blocks an enzyme plants need to survive. The Label (PDF) and MSDS for Roundup Original indicates that 41% is glyphosate and 59% is “other ingredients” that are not named. Most formulations of Roundup contain a soap-like chemical called POEA that helps glyphosate get into the plant.  You can get more info about roundup cancer lawsuits via

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The popularity of Roundup exploded in the mid-1990s, when Monsanto genetically-engineered (GMO) corn, soy, and cotton seeds to survive are sprayed. This allows farmers to spray Roundup over entire fields to kill weeds without killing the crop. Roundup now generates $5 billion in yearly revenue for Monsanto.

The active ingredient, glyphosate was commercialized by Monsanto in 1974. It works by specifically inhibiting an enzyme that is essential to plant growth and life. Roundup also contains other chemicals that help glyphosate get into the plant. As of mid-October 2016, there were 37 federal Roundup lawsuits against Monsanto. The number of lawsuits has grown significantly since April 2016, when a federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit, paving the way for lawsuits to be filed by people who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

In October 2016, federal judges centralized dozens of Roundup lawsuits into one Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2741) in the Northern District of California. Monsanto is accused of failing to warn about the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lawyers also say the combination of glyphosate with the chemical POEA makes Roundup even more toxic.

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