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By Aleksandra Aronova

Roundup, the world’s number one herbicide, has been shown to cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma through its leading ingredient, Glyphosate.

In 1985, the Environmental Protection Agency, labeled Glyphosate, a key chemical used in Roundup, as a class C carcinogen. Roundup is a one Monsanto’s leading products. Monsanto Company is a multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. The United States government, as well as Monsanto, knew about the relationship to cancer for over three decades and refused to step forward to inform the public. Instead, the company told the public that Glyphosate and Roundup were safe for public use. According to Robin Greenwald, one of the environmental attorneys that has dealt with Roundup cases, Monsanto representatives have claimed that the herbicide is “safer than table salt,” and “practically non-toxic.”

Many lawyers are involved in lawsuits against Monsanto for diseases and deaths caused by their product, Roundup. Cases are rooted in the lack of information and caution given to the public about the product’s links to cancer. When tested on animals in the 1980s, Roundup was shown to cause cellular changes within laboratory animals. This was directly linked to the early developmental stages of cancer. Instead of informing the public, Monsanto did everything in their power to cover up the dangers of the product.

Studies testing the harms of Glyphosate show high buildup of glyphosate herbicide in mother’s bodies when testing breast milk. In addition, when compared to that of Europeans, Americans tested to have 10 times more glyphosate in their bodies! Glyphosate is building up in the bodies of its unknowing consumers. The health implications of such a dangerous chemical has tragic endings as seen by case studies and in the media.

How is this possible?
Roundup is one of the leading herbicides used on genetically engineered crops. Those who use the product around their homes, consume food, or use products which were sprayed with Roundup, such as cotton, soybeans, and corn, are in danger of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Roundup is used so excessively that federal scientists have discovered it within the air and rain.

How does this affect my health?
According to Lead Zerbe, a writer for Organic Life, “Roundup doubles your risk of Lymphoma.” Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a type of cancer that causes enlarged lymph nodes on the neck, under arm, or groin. Other symptoms include, but are not limited to, fever, night sweats, and weight loss. Similar to other types of cancer, treatments include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplants.