Glyphosate is a herbicide that was commercially introduced to the market by Monsanto in the 1970s. The chemical is generally applied to kill broadleaf weeds and grasses, by blocking the proteins required for plant growth. Glyphosate is primarily used in agriculture, but is also widely used in municipal and domestic landscaping and gardening.
Whilst glyphosate is widely produced by many companies, Monsanto’s Roundup product line maintains a large market share in several countries.
In 2015, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen; that is, a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue, such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Other studies have demonstrated that Roundup, which contains glyphosate and other ingredients, is more harmful than glyphosate alone.
Whilst Monsanto claims that Roundup is safe for human use, the Amended Statement of Claim provides that Roundup products are dangerous to human health and are unfit to be marketed and sold in commerce, particularly without proper warning and directions as to the dangers associated with their use.
Studies have shown that the widely used herbicide is associated with antibiotic resistance and hormone disruption, suggesting that glyphosate is dangerous and, ultimately, capable of causing harm to human health.