As has been suspected for decades, the weed killer, Roundup, may be lethal to more than mere weeds.
After more than four decades in use as a weed killer across the globe, internal Monsanto documents have surfaced that show Monsanto has known for years that Roundup could cause cancer.
In 2018, a jury awarded a terminally ill California groundskeeper $289.2 million in a landmark lawsuit claiming the company’s weed killer Roundup causes cancer.
We are investigating class action claims against Roundup’s manufacturer, Monsanto. Thousands of Roundup users are filing lawsuits alleging that they have developed many forms of cancer and other life-altering health conditions as a result of using Roundup.
In the 1970s, Monsanto developed the herbicide glyphosate (“Roundup”) to kill weeds that compete with and inhibit crop production.
Here is how Roundup works to kill weeds – and why Monsanto has been able to cry “safe” for decades. There is a "surfactant" in the Roundup solution that causes the glyphosate to stick to the leaves.
This stickiness gives the glyphosate an enhanced ability to block a key electron exchange in chlorophyll during photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is how plants use sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into energy (food and life).
In simplistic terms, Monsanto claimed glyphosate was safe to humans, based partly on the fact that humans do not photosynthesize.