Roundup® was originally manufactured by Monsanto and has been on the market since 1974. Quickly becoming one of the most widely used weed killers in America and across the world, Roundup® was marketed as “environmentally friendly” and “biodegradable” and has since been trusted by farmers, gardeners, agricultural workers, maintenance employees, and residential homeowners for years.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup® and works by attacking certain enzymes found in weeds, killing unwanted plant life and allowing grass and crops to grow. While an effective agent against weeds, glyphosate has been a source of controversy among researchers and health professionals for years, as there is significant evidence linking it to numerous side effects and complications in humans, including cancer.
As a result, Roundup® has been at the center of thousands of lawsuits filed against its manufacturer Monsanto – later acquired by Bayer in 2018 – which claim that the company has known about the potential cancer risk for over 20 years but failed to disclose it and, instead, misrepresented the safety of its product.