The Most Dangerous Weedkiller?

May 16, 2019 by

There are so many ways to slash the risk of developing different types of cancer: Wearing sunscreen and limiting exposure to the sun can reduce your risk of skin cancer. Avoiding cigarettes can help prevent lung cancer. Additionally, new studies are constantly emerging suggest a healthy, vegetable-rich diet can help avoid a cancer diagnosis. With the emergence of these studies comes an increase in vegetable intake for most of the world. Higher vegetable consumption requires higher vegetable production. Increased production means a need for better crop development.

In addition to pests and poor soil, invasive plants pose a threat to farmers everywhere. In the last century or so, many farmers have developed new methods to limit the growth of invasive plants like blackberries and crabgrass. An outdated method is to use grazing animals to eat the invading crops and then destroy the roots. But this method is not viable for either small gardens or large corporations, so many larger corporations are turning to alternative methods to fight the invasion. One way many farmers in the United States eradicate weeds is through the use of herbicides.

A herbicide is a treatment, usually a spray, that kills off invasive species of plants while keeping the intended crop safe. Crop dusting and industrial sprayers make the task of spreading herbicides much easier. In 1974, the herbicide that would become the most common herbicide in the United States, Roundup, was invented. Roundup, an aerosol herbicide, uses glyphosate in its active ingredients. As it is a spray, many people have inhaled Roundup as they tended to their gardens or farms. This means that farmers, nursery employees, landscapers, and a ton of other people have inhaled Roundup and glyphosate on a daily basis. In addition to an unpleasant taste and a nasty cough, the inhalation of glyphosate has been linked to other issues. The most notable diseases linked to glyphosate inhalation are Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma, and B-cell lymphoma, as well as anencephaly, a type of birth defect. The elderly and pregnant women are therefore at a higher risk of developing an illness due to prolonged exposure of the herbicide. Although these diseases might be caused by unrelated factors, it is definitely worth noting that there’s a higher rate of occurrence for people who have used Roundup on a regular basis. It’s a sad twist of fate that people who increase their vegetable intake to reduce their risk of cancer are now inadvertently developing cancer as a result of said vegetable intake.

If someone has developed cancer and they think it is linked to their exposure to Roundup, there are many class-action lawsuits against Monsanto. Monsanto has lied about their knowledge of the carcinogen, and are now facing the consequences. If a Roundup lawsuit sounds like a way to achieve justice for your cancer diagnosis, you might want to consider finding an attorney who is dedicated to fighting Monsanto and their shady practices.

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