Study Finds 8 in 10 Americans Have Traces of Weed-Killing Chemical in Their Urine
Glyphosate, the weed-killing chemical in Roundup, is the most widely used herbicide in the country. The use of glyphosate is 200x greater today than when Monsanto Company first commercialized the herbicide in 1974. Its use can be found virtually everywhere in the food chain from baby formula to cereal, chips, snack bars, orange juice, and drinking water. It is even detected in non-organic cotton products such as tampons and clothing. One study detected glyphosate in 75% of air and rain samples.
In an effort to better understand the extent of human exposure to glyphosate in America, the Centers for Disease Control performed a urinalysis study on 2,310 participants aged 6 years and older. Glyphosate was detected in the urine of 1,885 (81%) of those individuals.
Science is continuing to study and learn not only about how prevalent the weed-killing chemical is in our food supply, but also what the long-term health effects are. The chemical has been associated with a host of health issues, including liver and kidney disease and reproductive problems. Its link to causing cancer, in particular Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is particularly strong.
Bayer, which purchased Monsanto in 2018, lost several lawsuits brought by individuals who had extensive exposure to Roundup and later developed Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer appealed those decisions. It then then petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case, which the Court.
Last year, Bayer, faced with thousands of suits by individuals who developed cancer after years of Roundup exposure or use, announced that it had committed over $10 billion to compensate the claims these cancer victims. It also has announced that it intends to transition away from the use of glyphosate in residential use beginning in 2023.
If you believe that Roundup might have caused your, or a loved one’s cancer, call Charles Boyk Law today. We are here to listen to your story and help you decide what options you may have, at no cost.