Roundup has been under a microscope since 2015 when the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate a possible human carcinogen. Since then, Roundup manufacturer Monsanto (purchased by Bayer) has been battling thousands of lawsuits alleging that the product caused Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Unfortunately for the company, a growing number of countries, states and cities have been restricting or outright banning Roundup and the use of glyphosate.
Glyphosate is being banned because of its potential link to cancer in humans, as well as potentially causing the death of important insects, such as bees. Biologists have sounded the alarm over the serious decline in insect populations that affect species diversity. In addition, scientists warn that these glyphosate and other similar products damage ecosystems by disrupting the natural food chains and plant pollination.
The United States’ Position on Glyphosate
Every state has a change.org petition requesting the respective state governors to ban glyphosate. The United States has been slow to adopt the position of the World Health Organization. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency holds the same position as Bayer-Monsanto. The EPA has repeatedly stated the glyphosate is safe. While the federal government is slow to move on accepting the science around glyphosate, several municipalities in the United States have restricted or banned glyphosate.
Despite the federal government’s lack of urgency, private citizens have taken up the fight against Bayer-Monsanto to hold them accountable. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the company from people who use Roundup in at work or on personal yard maintenance who have since developed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Where is glyphosate banned in the U.S.?
Every year, the United States uses more than 1.8 million tons of glyphosate. The weed-killer doesn’t just kill weeds. Roundup is found in about 90% of food products tested by the U.S. government—including honey.
The City of Tuscon has a city policy that requires an organics-first weed control on city property.
California has led the charge in holding Monsanto accountable for Roundup’s carcinogenicity. In fact, as early as 2017 the state added glyphosate to its list of carcinogens. In March 2019, Los Angeles County issued a moratorium on Monsanto’s Roundup. The County Board of Supervisors cited a need for more research into glyphosate’s health effects.
The state has a growing number of cities and counties banning or restricting glyphosate. Cities in California that banned glyphosate:
- Burbank, California discontinued the use of Roundup from city parks for one year. Additionally, the Burbank School District will no longer use the herbicide.
- Carlsbad, California made organic pesticides the preferred method for killing weeds.
- Encinitas, California banned the use of glyphosate-based weed killers in city parks.
- Irvine, California City Council passed a resolution that stops using Roundup and similar chemicals in public parks, streets and playgrounds.
- Petaluma, California city officials are currently contemplating banning glyphosate use in public parks.
- Richmond, California banned the use of glyphosate by the city.
- Thousand Oaks, Calfornia banned the use of glyphosate on golf courses.
In addition, California has more than 40 cities and counties that have issued bans or restricted glyphosate in some fashion.
Certain weeds are legal all over Colorado, but glyphosate-based weed killers are not. In Colorado, Roundup is banned in the following cities:
- Boulder banned the use of Roundup in city parks
- Durango instituted an organically managed lands program to minimize the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
Connecticut as a state has instituted Public Act 09-56 to eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides in K-8 school. And while Connecticut may not be able to compete with California in landmass, when it comes to the number of cities that have banned or restricted glyphosate use Connecticut is at the forefront. Municipalities with glyphosate ordinances include:
Chicago recognized the damage that Roundup causes to DNA as early as 2015. Other Illinois cities followed suit:
- Franklin Park
Iowa may be known for its corn crops, but that doesn’t mean officials aren’t concerned about the carcinogenicity of glyphosate.
- Dubuque banned glyphosate use in public parks.
- Story County, Iowa eliminated the use of chemical pesticides in six of its mowed turf.
Wichita and Lawrence are two Kansas cities with programs to eliminate or reduce pesticide use.
In March 2019, the city of Miami passed a resolution banning the use of glyphosate on city property. The city typically uses almost 5,000 galls of glyphosate products every year. This band will significantly reduce resident exposure. Other Florida cities that banned or restricted Roundup include:
- Fort Myers
- Key West
- Martin County
- Miami Beach
- North Miami
- Satellite Beach
There are 29 cities in Maine have some sort of city ordinance addressing the use of pesticides.
Montgomery County in Maryland’s County Council voted to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides on private lawns. Further, Takoma Park, Maryland voted to restrict cosmetic pesticides for lawn care on public and private property.
So far, just one municipality, Marblehead, has voted to phase out pesticides and herbicides.
Only one of the Twins, Minneapolis, has made the move toward eliminating glyphosate-based products in neighborhood parks.
Reno, Nevada initiated a pilot program to go pesticide free.
The state of New Jersey has a statewide ordinance that encourages pest companies to eliminate or drastically reduce the use of pesticides.
The New York Department of Park and Recreation is aiming to eliminate and reduce pesticides and herbicides.
Since 1988, Portland, Oregon has restricted the use of Roundup to emergency use only. Glyphosate is banned on all city-owned property.
Denton is the home of two Texas universities and sits about 30 minutes north of Dallas. The city ended the use of glyphosate herbicide and is piloting an integrated pest management program that includes organic methods for city parks, ballfields and playgrounds.
The state Capitol, Austin has also prohibited spraying glyphosate on city lands.
Several bills have been introduced to the Vermont state legislature to restrict or ban glyphosate.
What countries are banning Roundup?
Since the International Agency on Research on Cancer found glyphosate to be probably carcinogenic in 2015, several countries have banned or restricted glyphosate use. Austria became the first EU country to ban glyphosate in July 2019. Germany announced in September that it will begin phasing out the controversial weedkiller by 2023. Countries that have some sort of legislation around glyphosate include:
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Czech Republic
While the United States has been slow to accept the science behind glyphosates link to carcinogens, there is a growing movement among governments to protect the health of their citizens and the environment.
The Carlson Law Firm can help
Banning Roundup and glyphosate products is a start to ensuring the health of the public. However, for many people, their lives have already been turned upside because of this dangerous chemical. The Carlson Law Firm is currently accepting non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma from all 50 states. If you or a loved one used Roundup for work or personal yard maintenance, contact us today. The science that this dangerous chemical is significantly affecting health is on your side. We can help you hold Bayer-Monsanto accountable for its failure to warn you that glyphosate is carcinogenic.
In addition, our firm has the resources to take on a major corporation like Bayer-Monsanto. A Roundup lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm will fight tirelessly for the justice you and your family deserve. If you received a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis after using Roundup, contact our office for a free consultation.