The History of the Roundup® Cancer Lawsuit
Monsanto, an agricultural biotechnology company now owned by Bayer AG, developed the herbicide Roundup® in the 1970s and placed it on the market in 1974. The active chemical in Roundup® is called glyphosate.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a report relating to glyphosate. The IARC classified glyphosate as a Group 2A agent, which means that it is probably carcinogenic to humans. The IARC concluded that the cancers most associated with glyphosate exposure are non-Hodgkin lymphoma and its various subtypes.
Despite this assessment and report, Monsanto maintains to this day that Roundup® and glyphosate-based products do not pose a health hazard to humans. Monsanto’s statements are misleading and because they have aggressively promoted Roundup® as a safe product for decades, in spite of conflicting evidence, consumers who regularly come in contact with Roundup® may not be adhering to proper safety precautions when using the herbicide.
Farmers, landscapers, municipalities, and residential users, among others, have all relied on Roundup® to control weed overgrowth over the years. Monsanto’s patent to manufacture glyphosate expired in 2000 and since then, other companies have been able to manufacture and sell their own glyphosate-based products, further driving the increase in use and exposure.