Guardian Law Group LLP has filed a Class Action lawsuit against the manufacturers of the weed killer Roundup.
The issue with Roundup comes from its primary active ingredient, glyphosate. Glyphosate is an herbicidal chemical which has no smell or colour. Discovered by Monsanto in 1970 and introduced to the market en-masse in 1974, glyphosate is the most widely sold herbicidal ingredient in Canada, with more than 25 million kilograms of the chemical sold in Canada in 2014 alone. Roundup is also the most popular weed killer in the world, being sold in more than 160 countries.
A large amount of the popularity of Roundup can be attributed to Monsanto’s sale of “Roundup ready” crops and plants, which are a range of genetically-modified (GMO) seeds the company sells alongside the herbicide that are designed specifically to be resistant to glyphosate.
Glyphosate (and by extension Roundup) has been accused of numerous health risks, with evidence suggesting extended exposure to glyphosate can cause cancer in humans, most prominently non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In the United States, over 18,000 plaintiffs are currently active in lawsuits against the makers of Roundup, with thousands more launching cases every year. The bulk of these plaintiffs are farmers and those living in rural environments, although there are also many from urban environments whom have been exposed to the chemical for long periods of time, such as groundskeepers, gardeners and landscapers. To date, billions of dollars have been awarded to plaintiffs by American juries.
Over the past few years many public health authorities have deemed glyphosate to be a likely harmful chemical, including but not limited to:
- The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, which has called glyphosate “probably carcinogenic to humans”;
- The American Cancer Society has glyphosate on a list of “probable carcinogens”; and
- California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has added glyphosate to its list of potentially cancerous chemicals, now requiring products containing the chemical to come with a warning label.
California isn’t the only place requiring warning labels for glyphosate, in 2019, Canada began requiring manufacturers to include warnings on commercial products containing glyphosate and for several protocols to be followed when applying these products. Such procedures include:
- “The product is to be applied only when the potential to spread to areas of human activity, such as houses, cottages, schools and recreational areas, is minimal.”
- “Re-entry into the sprayed areas should be restricted to 12 hours after its application in agricultural areas.”
- “Instructions for buffer zones to protect areas beyond those targeted as well as aquatic habitats.”
While such labels are a start, they do little to help the many thousands of Canadians who have been exposed to glyphosate for extended periods of time believing the chemical to be safe for humans. Roundup was introduced by Monsanto 46 years ago and the manufacturer continues to claim to this day that there is no link between their products and cancer, despite the ever-increasing amount of evidence.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and have been exposed to Roundup for a prolonged period, please contact Clint Docken at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine if you are a candidate for this Class Action. You may be entitled to substantial compensation.
Remember, this isn’t just about the money, it’s also about providing proper incentives to companies like Monsanto to ensure they prioritize the health of Canadians.