Why Does Using Roundup Increase Your Cancer Risks?
The use of the weedkiller Roundup can increase your risks of developing cancers. When Roundup is used in the soil to kill weeds around a home garden, or weeds around crops in the farmer’s fields, the residuals of the dangerous chemicals in Roundup stay in the soil to leach into the water later on. A dangerous ingredient used in Roundup is glyphosate, which is a known carcinogen to humans and animals. If you are exposed to glyphosate in any quantity environmentally you can develop symptoms and side effects from coming into contact with this highly toxic chemical. As a winning Los Angeles Roundup law firm, we can help.
Leaching of Glyphosate into Soil Can Be Affected by the Weather and Ground Conditions
If the chemical in Roundup called glyphosate leaches into the groundwater where it is applied in the soil, it can taint and contaminate the groundwater resources and water reserves. Ground water can become polluted with by glyphosate use, and soil minerals such as aluminum and iron oxides might help prevent that absorption but not fully. The glyphosate leaching in soil is affected by the factors of:
- Soil consistency
- Soil structure
- Rainfall in the region
- Water tables
When glyphosate goes into the soil and accumulates, the hazardous chemical can move down into lower areas of the soil to contaminate underground water areas. If this occurs, then the glyphosate can affect even more people, who may depend on those water resources.
Cleaning Up Glyphosate in Soil Is Difficult, But Not Impossible
It is worth it to work on extracting glyphosate from soil, where the soil is tainted with these types of carcinogenic agents. A new method o extract glyphosate from the soil an include the use of phosphate based alkaline extraction, that helps to remove residue from soil and even lake sediments. Studies show that glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine) is a herbicide used widely in Roundup, and is the world’s most popular and widely used weed killer by far. This chemical though has been linked to many types of cancers for humans, and once it gets into the soil, it has the opportunity to contaminate many areas where water is drawn for human consumption.
Glyphosates are applied to top soil at the home and in farmer’s fields. The top soil is usually the first 5 cm of soil. When glyphosate is put onto the soil, it will absorb soil minerals and bind in the soil structure. The residues of glyphosate stay in the soil for some time, meaning that once applied it can continue to contaminate the soil anew with each successive application.
Glyphosates Can Cause Serious Cancers in Humans
If you are exposed to glyphosates from using Roundup, you are at risk of developing many different types of cancers. These cancers from glyphosate can include:
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Myeloid cancer
- Liver cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
If you have been exposed to glyphosate from environmental exposure to soil, or from occupational exposure to soils contaminated with this chemical or Roundup, you can call our legal team to discuss your personal injuries. We are available to review your case at the Law Offices of Gary K. Walch, and you can call us at 866-INJURY2 or 866-465-8792.