Roundup the herbicide is used universally around the world for killing weeds. Better know as Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup weed killer, is the most widely used herbicide in the world by both individuals and in large-scale agricultural applications.
Roundup has been on the market for almost 45 years and is used for killing off weeds in yards or crops. It is also used by commercial parks and golf courses. In all, consumers in the United States use around 275 million pounds of Roundup and similar herbicides each year.
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Monsanto, a subsidiary of the Bayer Company, launched Roundup in 1974 after it learned that its active component, Glyphosate kills weeds.
This is done by preventing vital proteins that a weed requires for growth. However, Glyphosate has also caused thousands of people to develop Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and other various types of cancer.
Glyphosate or Roundup weed killer has been associated with different kinds of cancer for many years. August 2018 was the time when Roundup was first accountable for someone contracting cancer – a retired groundskeeper was granted $289 million by a San Francisco jury on August 10, 2018. The jury stated that Roundup concentrate caused the groundskeeper to contract terminal cancer. The jury also stated that the manufacturer, Monsanto, knew this product was dangerous.
Afterward, thousands of Roundup claims have been filed by victims and their loved ones alleging they contracted cancer as a result of being exposed to Roundup. The groundskeeper’s case was the first to go to trial. However, Monsanto maintains that Roundup is not carcinogenic.