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When was Roundup first sold?

On Behalf of | Nov 8, 2019 | Mass Tort Litigation |

You already know that Roundup, the most widely-used herbicide in the world, has come under fire for being a probable carcinogen, meaning it can cause cancer. You also know that it still sees widespread use, and you’re trying to limit your exposure in any way that you can. That means more than just not buying it to use on your lawn. You also have to consider your food choices, especially when buying soy and corn.

What you begin to wonder, though, is how long this exposure has existed. When did Roundup first come out and see use in the United States? Just how long has it been exposing you to potentially cancer-causing chemicals like glyphosate?

Roundup first saw commercial exposure in 1974. It was marketed by the controversial company Monsanto. They noted that it was easy to apply and could be used on a variety of plants because it blocks growth proteins.

It quickly gained traction. Fast forward to today, and it is the most common herbicide worldwide, the second-most common one in the United States and a chemical that sees use in over 160 different countries. Every year, people put about 1.4 billion pounds into the environment.

It does work. In that, Monsanto is not incorrect. The formula does stop weed growth, and it is easy to use. That does not mean, however, that it is wise to use 1.4 billion pounds every year. The ramifications, especially concerning cancer, are tremendous.

If you believe that you have suffered as a result of Roundup use, make sure you are well aware of your legal options.