Monsanto Roundup Linked To Cancer

The Monsanto Company, global producer of genetically engineered seed and agrochemical products, is currently being investigated for the health effects of its popular weed killer, Roundup. The product’s active ingredient, glyphosate, has been the subject of conflicting studies about whether the chemical causes cancer.[1]

Glyphosate Cancer Risk

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that glyphosate likely has the potential to cause cancer in humans. In response, the EPA conducted its own research, which is still ongoing. According to an EPA report from early May, conflicting evidence was reported regarding the association between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.[2] The EPA further stated that the full cancer analysis is incomplete.[3] As a result of recent research, the European Union (EU) has been unable to reauthorize the use of glyphosate.[4] This means that glyphosate may no longer be authorized in the EU, and EU member states will not be able to authorize the sale of any glyphosate products.[5]

Monsanto has denied allegations that glyphosate is linked to cancer.[6] Nevertheless, multiple lawsuits have already been filed on behalf of at least three different plaintiffs all suffering from cancer that they believe was caused by Roundup.[7] Two of the three plaintiffs suffer from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.[8] These plaintiffs are a former migrant farm worker, and the child of a migrant farm worker, and were likely exposed to the glyphosate during farm work.[9] Attorneys in multiple states believe they can prove that Monsanto was aware of the risk posed by glyphosate, and plan to bring a mass tort claim on behalf of the harmed individuals.[10]

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other cancer, and believe it is a result of exposure to Roundup, contact the attorneys at Allen & Allen for a free consultation. You may contact Allen & Allen at 1-866-388-1307, or online at https://www.allenandallen.com/schedule-a-consultation/.

About The Author: Jason Konvicka is a partner and trial attorney with Allen & Allen in Richmond, Virginia. During his 20+ year career, he has achieved numerous record-setting jury verdicts and substantial settlements on behalf of his clients. His practice focuses on medical malpractice, bus accidents and product liability personal injury cases. Outside of the courtroom, Jason is involved with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and currently serves on its Board of Governors as Vice President.


[1] http://www.wsj.com/articles/health-concerns-delay-eu-vote-on-monsantos-roundup-weedkiller-1463664055.

[2] Id.

[3] Id.

[4] See id.

[5] Unless the EU is able to confirm a majority vote to authorize the continued use of glyphosate by June 30, 2016, the authorization will expire, and glyphosate-based products will need to be phased out by all EU member states. See id.

[6] Company spokeswoman Charla Lord said, “Gylphosate is not a carcinogen.” http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-monsanto-lawsuits-idUSKCN0S92H720151015.

[7] Id.

[8] Id.

[9] See id.

[10] See id.