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Can Popular Weed Killer Be Blamed for Birth Defects?

Exposure to the popular weed killer Roundup may cause not only cancer, but significant evidence exists linking the chemical to developmental and reproductive problems as well.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and is the most widely used weed killer globally, and has been linked to certain cancers. The widespread use of glyphosate by not only farmworkers, landscapers, and groundskeepers but homeowners and public entities, as well, has raised concern over the potential impact on humans and the environment. The chemical is now commonly found in food and water — as well as in human urine.

Additionally, new animal studies released this past summer show that concerns about glyphosate’s impact on fertility appear to be valid.

Multiple Studies Link Glyphosate To Reproductive Issues

In a paper published in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, four Argentinian researchers cited multiple studies that they said contradict claims by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that glyphosate is safe. The scientists also cited new evidence showing that low-dose exposure can alter the development of the female reproductive tract with consequences on fertility. The scientists concluded that glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides are endocrine disruptors.

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may mimic or interfere with the body’s hormones and may cause developmental and reproductive problems as well as brain and immune system dysfunction. Here are findings from the studies:

  • A study in Food and Chemical Toxicology found that glyphosate or glyphosate-based herbicides disrupted “critical hormonal and uterine molecular targets” in exposed pregnant rats.
  • Iowa State University researchers examined glyphosate exposure in mice and concluded that chronic low-level exposure alters ovarian proteins and may ultimately impact ovarian function.
  • University of Georgia researchers reported that livestock eating grain with glyphosate residue could be harmed. The paper said glyphosate-based herbicides appear to act as “reproductive toxicants, having a wide range of effects on both the male and female reproductive systems,” the researchers said.
  • Researchers in a study published in Environmental Pollution examined glyphosate exposure on the development of the uterus in female lambs. They reported changes that they said might affect the female reproductive health of sheep and show glyphosate-based herbicides acting as an endocrine disruptor.
  • Scientists from Finland and Spain said they exposed female and male quails to glyphosate-based herbicides from the ages of 10 days to 52 weeks. The researchers concluded that glyphosate herbicides could “modulate key physiological pathways, antioxidant status, testosterone, and the microbiome,” but they did not detect effects on reproduction. They warned that the impact of glyphosate may not always be visible with traditional, short-term testing.
  • A study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health concluded that glyphosate, as well as the insecticides thiacloprid and imidacloprid, were potential endocrine disruptors.

Roundup Putting People At Risk

The new research is emerging just as Bayer AG, Monsanto’s parent company, is attempting to settle more than 100,000 legal claims in the United States. In these cases, people are claiming Roundup and other glyphosate-based products caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The suits also claim that Monsanto has long tried to hide the risks of its herbicides.

A California appeals court ruled in July that there was “abundant” evidence that glyphosate, along with the other ingredients in Roundup products, caused cancer.

Unfortunately, farmworkers are especially at risk of herbicide and pesticide exposure when employed on commercial farms. Frequently, farm owners and labor contractors will fail to warn or protect workers from exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Dangerous Chemicals Linked to Birth Defects

Dangerous chemicals that are known to cause birth defects are used in many workplaces, including in the agricultural industry on farms and at nurseries. Birth defects can occur when chemicals are inhaled, ingested, or absorbed through the skin by either the father or mother, especially during pregnancy.

A parent’s exposure to toxic chemicals can cause their unborn children to suffer major birth defects and damage the parent’s reproductive organs. Many people are surprised to learn that toxic chemicals can damage a parent’s DNA even before they consider pregnancy.

Parents with damaged reproductive body parts may not be able to have healthy babies, and those with afflicted chromosomes may pass on the damage to their unborn children in the form of birth defects or reproductive injuries. Common birth defects caused by toxic chemicals include brain damage, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and developmental delays, to name a few.

Our law firm, along with co-counsel, filed the first lawsuits in 2012 against Monsanto in Delaware, alleging birth defects in 127 children whose parents used and were exposed to Roundup and other pesticides used to grow tobacco in Argentina. This extensive and first of its kind litigation has put us at the forefront of legally establishing liability for Roundup causing birth defects.

How We Help Victims of Pesticide Exposure

Seek justice with the help of our experienced birth defects lawyers. Our pesticide law firm has battled corporate giants on behalf of individuals like you for 20 years, aggressively fighting to hold them responsible for dangerous chemicals like pesticides, and the birth defects and personal injuries they cause. If you have a child with birth defects caused by exposure to pesticides, we can help.

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That’s the first question everyone asks. The truth is it’s impossible to know. But we can tell you this. Waters Kraus & Paul has what it takes to fight against big corporate interests and win. That’s why we’ve taken more mesothelioma trials to verdict than any other firm. And that’s why we’ve recovered more than $1.3 billion for clients like you. Do you think you have a case? Contact us now to speak with an attorney.

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