California’s Crack Down on Roundup Weed Killer Comes Too Late for Some

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The state of California has seen a significant uptick in the levels of glyphosate, the main chemical in Roundup Weed Killer, in its citizen’s bodies. As a result of that increase and a report by the World Health Organization that the chemical is “probably carcinogenic to humans” led to the state requiring warning labels against the use of the product. Unfortunately, that action has come too late for many, including Jack McCall, a farmer with a 20-acre ranch on California’s central coast. According to McCall’s wife Teri, Jack generally farmed without the use of chemical weed killers with the exception of Roundup, which he sprayed himself on his newly planted avocado and fruit trees. Now Jack is dead, and Teri blames the chemicals.

Teri recalls that her husband had believed Monsanto’s claims that Roundup Weed Killer was safe for both people and pets, but in 2012 the couple’s dog died of lymphoma, and a few years later her husband developed the same type of swollen lymph nodes that had first alerted them to their pet’s illness. He died shortly after being diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in December of 2015. Three months later she filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Monsanto, accusing the company of hiding the dangers of glyphosate. Her lawsuit is one among hundreds that have been filed.

Roundup Weed Killer Manufacturer Claims Their Product is Safe

Though Monsanto company representatives and attorneys argue that Roundup Weed Killer has “a long history of safe use and have been studied in real-world applications, including the largest study ever of the actual use of pesticides by farmers,” the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer conducted a study that showed a “positive association” between the main chemical in the weed killer and malignancies in humans, and a particularly high incidence to the same type of cancer that claimed Jack McCall’s life.

Author: Terri Oppenheimer

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