Despite Monsanto’s best efforts to keep the primary ingredient glyphosate in its Roundup weed killer off a list of cancer-causing chemicals, the chemical will indeed, be included on that list. Monsanto continues to support the safety of glyphosate and alleges it does not cause cancer, a statement disputed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The list is maintained by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and will include Monsanto’s Roundup after the California Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling.
Monsanto’s initial appeal is still pending in California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal, according to court documents. However, Monsanto was seeking more recently, a stay, or delay in the ruling that put Roundup on the carcinogenic chemicals list, until the appeal to the Fifth Circuit was totally sorted out.
Proposition 65 and Controversy
A lower court maintained that there was no need to wait for the appeal, and the Supreme Court in California upheld that ruling. Under a ballot initiative called Proposition 65, a statute under the vigilant eye of the Office of the Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Roundup will be included in the list of chemicals determined, or suspected by the state to be cancer-causing agents.
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Controversy over the safety of Roundup continues to swirl as, for all the studies that condemn glyphosate as a cancer-causing substance, there are studies that suggest the evidence is inconclusive. Private emails by a former operative within the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have emerged that a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) would be forthcoming that were critical of Monsanto and would be managed from within the EPA. In addition, further attempts to conduct more in-depth studies into the carcinogenic potential of Roundup by the agency, would allegedly not take place, or ever be revealed.
However, there is sufficient evidence pointing to the potential for Monsanto’s Roundup causing cancer for the guardians of state Proposition 65 to deem the herbicide eligible for inclusion on the list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive complications.
Proposition 65 was approved in 1986 and came from a state ballot initiative that required the state of California to publish and maintain this sort of list. As a result, Proposition 65 demands the state include any chemical the state believes has the potential to be carcinogenic.
Monsanto Files Lawsuit
In an effort to protect the immensely popular brand and a key product in agriculture worldwide, the company filed a Monsanto Roundup lawsuit against the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, to keep Roundup off the list. Thus far, their attempts have not been successful. In addition, Monsanto is facing a plethora of Roundup lawsuits alleging that Roundup does carry the potential for cancer in people.
Symptoms of Pesticide Exposure
People who are exposed to even low levels of glyphosate may have symptoms that include fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, spider-like blood vessels, jaundice, fluid build-up, and swelling of the legs. Roundup or glyphosate are the most commonly used weed killers on British farms, as well as around the world, reports the DailyMail.com.
Glyphosate is a mainstay of genetically modified (GM) farming, particularly in the United States. GM crops, such as soya and corn, have been modified in laboratories by companies like Monsanto in order to make them immune to spraying with Roundup. This allows farmers to douse their crops with glyphosate which kills any weeds, but allows the food plants to survive. The recent research shows that low levels of pesticide residue from these plants make their way into human diet in products from breakfast cereals to corn snacks, and biscuits.
Potential Liver Damage
Early stages of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) do not typically cause harm, but if it gets worse, can lead to serious liver damage, including cirrhosis, which can be fatal. High levels of fat in the liver is also linked to an increased risk of problems such as diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes, according to the DailyMail.com.
Legal Help for Individuals Exposed to Chemicals
If you or someone you know has been injured by chemicals that may have caused a disease, you may have valuable legal rights. Parker Waichman LLP offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. We urge you to contact the personal injury lawyers at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).