Farm Worker Roundup Risks Should Have Been Disclosed

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted October 23, 2015


With growing evidence that links Monsanto’s Roundup and cancer, serious questions have emerged about how large numbers of farm workers and others in the agricultural industry were not warned years ago about risks associated with exposure to the weed killer.

As a result of inadequate warnings, many farm workers were provided little protection against Roundup and it’s active ingredient, glyphosate, often resulting in heavy exposure to a chemical they were told was safe. However, health experts now warn that side effects of Roundup exposure may cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of cancer.

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Roundup farm worker lawsuits against Monsanto as a result of the apparent decision to place their desire for profits before consumer safety.

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Roundup has been on the market since the 1970s, and a number of studies over the years have expressed concerns that the herbicide may be a carcinogen. However, Monsanto has continued to maintain that exposure to Roundup is safe and it appears that inadequate warnings were provided for Roundup users.

Earlier this year the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a warning that declared the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, as a likely cancer-causing agent.

The warning comes after more than 40 years of the weed killer’s use. Roundup is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and as pest plants became resistant, agricultural workers have had to use more and more Roundup to get the desired effects.

An estimate by the U.S. Geological Survey found that use of glyphosate went from 110 million pounds in 2002 to 283 million pounds in 2012. In addition, Monsanto has engineered genetically modified crops specifically for use with the chemical, which are referred to as “Roundup Ready.”

While the efforts to increase sales of the weed killer have been very successful, Monsanto has failed to warn or provide information about the potential link between Roundup and cancer for farm workers, landscapers and others exposed to high volumes of the chemical.

As a result, financial compensation may be available for farm workers diagnosed with cancer after Roundup exposure. To review a potential claim for yourself or a loved one, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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12 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Michael says:

    Started using Roundup in the early/mid eighties as a landscaper and lost a kidney to cancer in the early 2000,s.I have other friends in the business who have similar problems and we all share the same thing
    Lots of Roundup use! Now my remaining kidney is in stage 3 kidney disease. Not happy and there is no history of cancer in my family anywhere. Monsanto is one of many conglomerates that will step on us to procure profits. Now what am I supposed to do? I was led to believe that this crap was safe, and as a licensed chemical applicator, sprayed this poison on many many properties. What a blatant in your face LIE!!!!!

    Posted on May 19, 2016 at 1:58 pm

  • Sharon says:

    I lived in Concord grape country most of my life. I know many many farmers who used industrial strength Roundup to spray their Vineyards, who died from prostate cancer. I always wondered if the chemical spray was a contributing factor. Now I am learning that CA is making Monsanto put cancer warning on Roundup lable.

    Posted on January 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm

  • Dennis says:

    I was a farm boy grew up using roundup on our ground I worked with it from the 1973 to 1986 we did t have gloves or mask my dad died from cancer I have Cirrhosis of the liver and we didn’t always get to wash it off when it spilled on me yes it would burn my legs no I didn’t drink Alcohol doctors was not sure what caused my problem I believe that it had to do with my dads death and my problems I don’t know if I will get it but a good chance of it please help.

    Posted on March 18, 2019 at 6:44 pm

  • joe says:

    i was employed for 8 years until they went out of buiseness the company called AGWAY FARM AND HOME HANDLED THE WEED KILLER ROUNDUP ON A DALY BASIS EVEN WHEN SPILLS ACURED AND EXSPOSED ALOT

    Posted on March 29, 2019 at 9:37 am

  • Nancy says:

    My dad died of cancer. He was a farmer for 30 years . My mother believes that’s what caused it. What can my mother an I do about it.

    Posted on April 7, 2019 at 1:52 pm

  • Richard says:

    I was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and have seen some literature on roundup causing this. Has anyone else heard this.

    Posted on May 17, 2019 at 10:15 pm

  • Priscilla says:

    Hello I have always wonder about my husband death in2008,Robert lee west was a farm worker for 25 years or more,and yes they used Round up because he use to bring it home,my husband took sick around February2008 a lump came on his penis he went to see his doctor,they did a drain hole thinking it was a rizeing,but it wouldn’t get well,we found out it was cancer 2 weeks later,we ask how can this be they said it could have came from useing chemicals and not washing his hands,but my husband died 7 months Later he could not walk any more,they did there best to help him but it spread fast in his glands,they call it penal cancer,

    Posted on May 29, 2019 at 4:07 pm

  • Donald says:

    Had kidney cancer from work on farm for 17yr use round up for 17yr

    Posted on June 13, 2019 at 11:30 pm

  • Hope says:

    Husband farmed for 33 years. Died in 2013. Dr told him the chemicals was possibly responsible

    Posted on June 20, 2019 at 11:12 am

  • Johnny says:

    I been working on a farm all mylife I have 4 stage COPD but I would like to know if that could have any problems with my breathing to here in the last 4years my breathing has got even worse since then

    Posted on July 11, 2019 at 10:51 pm

  • Robert says:

    Had cancer went thru chemotherapy been in remission since 2001

    Posted on July 19, 2019 at 8:07 am

  • JOHNNIE says:

    i was born July 1975 my father was a farmer. we lived and he worked in Snyder Texas.he left the farm late 70’s early 80’s we moved to San Antonio Texas where he began to have lung problems and developed a horrible cough. my father if he was not on death bed he would not go see a doctor.but he did go a few times that i remember. through conversation i overheard something about a spot that was found in his lung. but he refused treatment. He passed in 2008 and it had something to do with his lungs but i never imagined he very well is a victim to Roundup.

    Posted on January 5, 2020 at 6:29 pm

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