Scrutiny is a valuable skill to have when it comes to one’s well-being. Everyone knows to read the fine print when signing a contract or making a major purchase. Double-checking the label on a prescription helps prevent overdoses or dangerous interactions between drugs. Anyone who has a severe food allergy knows that misreading an ingredient list can lead to anaphylactic shock. Even the sharpest of eyes cannot possibly detect every little detail all of the time. Sometimes even the best scrutiny fails, and that can have unintended, long-term effects on one’s health. Even worse, some major companies notice those minute details and choose to do nothing about it, creating an avalanche of issues for the consumers of their products.
In 1974, Monsanto introduced Roundup, an herbicide, to the market. They also created genetically-modified seeds that were resistant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. This means those seeds could be repeatedly exposed to glyphosate and still germinate and grow. In turn, farmers were allowed to mass-produce rows of plants that were more crowded than ever without the worry of invasive plant species taking over. Unfortunately, the glyphosate that Monsanto swore by had some damaging effects on consumer health.
Glyphosate is a carcinogen that has been closely linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma, as well as a host of other diseases. Although the majority of exposure to Roundup is through inhalation, numerous plants and water supplies have been tainted with the chemical, causing an inordinate number of people to the carcinogen. As Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the United States, it’s not surprising that millions of people are being affected as a result of Monsanto’s reliance on glyphosate.
It would be one thing if Monsanto were to admit to their mistakes and attempt to atone for their actions. Pulling Roundup and all other glyphosate-related products would be a good place to start, and it would greatly reduce the number of new people coming into contact with the herbicide. However, Monsanto has stood their ground, refusing to admit their mistakes. As a result, the Driscoll Firm, P.C. and other firms have begun a number of class-action lawsuits against this giant. These cases are served on a contingency basis. The lawyers handling the cases do not see any money until their clients do.
Monsanto is slowly but surely being held accountable for their actions, but that won’t come to fruition unless their victims continue to speak out. Unfortunately, it is too late for some of them. Some have died from cancers related to glyphosate exposure through Roundup, and will never see Monsanto pay for what they have done. This is why their friends and families have to speak up on their behalf. For those who are going through treatment to undo what Monsanto has done, opening a case against this corporation can help cover some of the medical bills and various expenses that were incurred over time.