I live in California and have been exposed to Monsanto Roundup. Does Roundup cause cancer?

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Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer is a “probable human carcinogen,” according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organization. The IARC classification prompted California to add glyphosate to its list of chemicals “known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity,” in accordance with Proposition 65.

IARC’s classification was based on published studies of glyphosate in isolation. However, the Roundup formulated product used by consumers includes a number of other ingredients such as “adjuvants” and “surfactants”.

Independent scientists have reported since at least 1991 that the combination of glyphosate with these other chemicals is more dangerous than glyphosate in isolation, an assertion corroborated by numerous studies.  

Since its inception in the 1970s, Monsanto has marketed Roundup as safe and effective. At one point, the company ran advertisements claiming glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup were “safer than table salt.”

But statements from Monsanto’s own scientists contradict the company’s marketing for Roundup.

Donna Farmer, Monsanto’s lead toxicologist:

“…you cannot say that Roundup is not a carcinogen…we have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement.”

Stephen Adams, Monsanto’s Chemistry Regulatory Affairs Manager:

“With regards to the carcinogenicity of our formulations we don’t have such testing on them directly…”

If Monsanto has not performed adequate testing on the formulated Roundup product, how can the company say that its product does not cause cancer?

As an attorney representing hundreds of victims from California and across the country in lawsuits against Monsanto, I believe that Roundup causes cancer. But you do not need to take my word on this; check out the numerous publicly available studies that link glyphosate and Roundup to cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma in particular. I would also urge you to take a look at ‘The Monsanto Papers’, which include internal Monsanto emails, texts, company reports and other memoranda that detail the company’s willingness to manipulate science and bury the health risks associated with its billion-dollar weed killer.

For more information or to speak with me about filing a Roundup cancer lawsuit, please call me at 310-207-3233 or visit the preceding link.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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