The Herbicide Glyphosate, a Key Ingredient of Roundup Weed Killer Products, Will be Sent to California’s Cancer-Causing Chemicals List Despite Monsanto’s Efforts to Stay the Decision
The herbicide glyphosate will be added to California’s list of cancer-causing chemicals, as required by Proposition 65, after the state’s Supreme Court rejected Monsanto Co.’s request to stay the ruling of the lower court. Glyphosate is a key ingredient of popular pesticides used in commercial farming, such as Roundup Weed Killer.
Earlier in the year, the lower court rejected Monsanto’s claim that the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment violated the state constitution by delegating authority to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). It was IARC that determined that glyphosate belonged on the cancer-causing chemical list. Monsanto appealed the lower court’s decision in California’s Fifth District, but the state’s Supreme Court ruled that glyphosate can be added to the state’s list of cancer-causing chemicals even while the appeal is still pending.
California’s Proposition 65 was a state ballot initiative that requires the state to publish a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Monsanto’s arguments that listing glyphosate would violate its right to free speech and that such listing would force the company to include a warning label that the product might cause cancer, was rejected by the judge of the lower court.
Is Glyphosate a Substance Known to Cause Birth Defects?
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup, is a substance well known to cause birth defects. Many studies have linked the herbicide to reproductive problems and severe malformations. Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common experience for pregnant farm workers employed on commercial farms. Frequently, farm owners and labor contractors will fail to warn or protect farm works from exposure to these harmful pesticides.
How Can Waters Kraus & Paul Help Parents of Children with Birth Defects Caused by Toxic Exposure?
It is the responsibility of the commercial agriculture community, including farm owners and labor contractors, to ensure that the work environment is safe for those working on the farm. Too often, however, there is a failure to warn and protect workers who are pregnant (or plan to become pregnant) from exposure to pesticides, a substance known to cause birth defects. As a result, many farm workers have had children born with severe and debilitating birth defects. At Waters Kraus & Paul, our birth defect lawyers are fighting to hold negligent farm owners and labor contractors responsible for the injuries they have caused.
Waters Kraus & Paul is a mid-sized plaintiffs’ firm with years of experience in pursuing birth defect lawsuits. Our attorneys aggressively represent families who are raising children born with birth defects resulting from contact with pesticides during pregnancy. If you worked on a commercial farm and have a special needs child, you may be entitled to pursue a birth defect lawsuit. Email or call 800.226.9880 to see how the lawyers at Waters Kraus & Paul can help you fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.