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Illinois Toxic Chemical Exposure Lawyer Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Roundup Herbicide

Weed-killing chemicals are commonly used throughout the United States, and Roundup is one of the most popular of these herbicides. This chemical is available for consumer purchase, and many people use it around their homes to remove weeds in gardens, plants that grow near a fence or a home's foundation, or grass that has grown in the cracks of a sidewalk or driveway. Landscaping professionals or nursery workers may use Roundup on a daily basis to control weeds or remove other plants. The chemical is also used in massive quantities on farms, and hundreds of millions of pounds are sprayed on crops in the United States every year. Due to its wide use, people throughout the U.S. are exposed to Roundup on a regular basis, and they may suffer harm as a result. If you are concerned about how you may have been affected by Roundup exposure, our firm can answer your questions and help you understand whether you may be able to pursue financial compensation for your injuries and damages.

How Does Roundup Kill Weeds?

Roundup contains the chemical glyphosate, which attacks an enzyme known as EPSP synthase. This stops plants from producing proteins that are necessary for growth, and it will cause plants to die within a few days. Roundup works on most types of plants, meaning that it may not only kill weeds, but also crops, grass, and flowers. To address this issue, Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, has created genetically-modified crops that are resistant to the herbicide. This allows Roundup to be sprayed on farms in large quantities, killing weeds without affecting "good" plants.

How Does Roundup Affect People?

While Roundup's manufacturer claims that the chemical is not harmful to humans, some studies have indicated otherwise. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reviewed scientific evidence and came to the conclusion that glyphosate is likely to cause cancer, and as a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the chemical in group 2A, the second most dangerous classification, stating that the substance is "probably carcinogenic to humans."

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came to the opposite conclusion in a 2016 study, and it has stated that there was no convincing evidence that glyphosate causes cancer in humans or presents a concern to human health. However, these findings were based on unpublished studies commissioned by chemical manufacturers, while the IARC looked at peer-reviewed studies. The EPA limited its study to dietary exposure that affected people due to the use of Roundup on food crops, without considering other ways that people could be affected, including the higher risk of exposure for agricultural workers.

How Can People Be Exposed to Roundup?

People who work with Roundup on a regular basis are most likely to be affected by exposure. Because they are in an environment where Roundup is sprayed on crops or other plants, they may inhale droplets of the chemical that are in the air or absorb the chemical through their skin. However, these forms of exposure may affect others as well, such as people who live near farms where Roundup is sprayed on crops or people who use fields, gardens, golf courses, or other public areas where herbicides have been applied.

People may also be at risk of exposure to Roundup that has entered the environment in other ways. After being sprayed on crops or other plants, Roundup may seep into the soil and enter the water supply. Because of its wide use, Roundup residue may be present in multiple types of food products, potentially putting people at risk due to the ingestion of this chemical.

Contact Our Chicago Roundup Injury Attorney

If you have contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that may have been caused by Roundup exposure, our firm can advise you on whether you may be able to pursue financial compensation from the manufacturer. Contact us at 866-553-9812 to arrange a free consultation.

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