Roundup linked to cancer
Glyphosate, a chemical that kills weeds, is the most widely used herbicide in the U.S. It is in over 750 products sold in the country, according to Oregon State University’s National Pesticide Information Center.
While the chemical has been around for decades, people only recently realized it was making its way from farms to the dinner table.
In 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency dealt Monsanto a crippling blow. It determined that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Roundup’s impact on consumers
Traces of glyphosate have been discovered in many oat-based snack products that frequent grocery store shelves including cereal and granola bars, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Additionally, glyphosate residue has been found in a variety of beer and wine brands. Some environmental safety groups recommend that glyphosate should be banned in the U.S. until it can be proven safe. A number of cities, counties, states and countries throughout the world have already taken steps to either restrict or ban glyphosate.
More than 18,000 lawsuits against Bayer
Bayer, owner of Monsanto, is reportedly looking to settle more than 18,000 lawsuits related to the weedkiller Roundup for $8 billion.
The agreement, if it moves forward, could take months to work out. Bayer previously floated paying $6 billion to $8 billion to settle current and future cases. The plaintiffs’ lawyers reportedly want more than $10 billion to drop their claims.