Roundup Weed Killer Safety: Potential Health Problems

Monsanto’s Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world. According to Monsanto, it can kill every type of weed growing in your garden or yard. The company boasts that its product is safe for humans and pets.

But, is this true? When you apply Roundup or plant Roundup treated seeds, are you and your family really safe? If you get sick, is Monsanto liable for your health problems?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup commercial weed killer is a carcinogen. WHO also linked it to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and some other cancers.

Before applying Roundup to get rid of weeds in your garden and yard, read more about Roundup weed killer safety.

What Is Glyphosate in Roundup?

Glyphosate herbicide kills almost all plants and grasses. Since 1974, it has had widespread use on farms, forestry, lawns, gardens and industrial parks. This herbicide also controls water plants.

After 40 years of use, the governments around the world are just beginning to confirm the potential harmful effects of glyphosate herbicides. In fact, in 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified this herbicide as a probable human carcinogen.

Roundup works by preventing plants from producing the proteins they need to grow. This results in killing the weeds or plants. 

How Roundup Ingredients Enter Your Body

Healthy human skin has tiny pores which allow sweat to escape but also absorb substances to maintain proper body temperature, etc.  The glyphosate in Roundup can enter the body through the pores on your skin and from openings such as the eyes or mouth.  The chemicals In Roundup can also be unintentionally inhaled.  You can also swallow Roundup if you eat or smoke without thoroughly washing your hands after you use It.

Roundup is widely used by US farmers on vegetables and other produce.  You may unknowingly ingest Roundup when eating food from your grocery store or supermarket.

How to Stay Safe When Using Roundup

When you apply any herbicide to your garden and yard, it’s important to stay safe. You don’t want Roundup directly on the skin, in your eyes or in your lungs. Here are a few tips on Roundup weed killer safety for you and your family.

Read the Label

Before you begin applying any chemicals to your yard and garden, read the label. It will tell you how to apply it and the amount of herbicide you should use.

The Roundup label tells you the precautions to take before using the product. It also states what kind of first aid to use if you’re exposed.

Don’t assume Roundup is a non-toxic weed killer. Follow all the advice on the label. You don’t want to take any chances with the health of your family and pets.

Dress for the Job

Make sure you wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt while you’re opening the bottle, mixing the product, applying it and cleaning up your tools. Also, wear protective, waterproof gloves to prevent Roundup on skin.

Put on chemical-proof boots and tuck your pant legs into the boots. This prevents any chemical from reaching your legs.

Wear safety goggles and cover your nose and mouth. A face shield is a good idea because it covers your whole face. Also, cover your head and neck.

When you spray the herbicide, avoid walking through it. If you get it on your boots, you could track it into the house or spread herbicide where you don’t want it.

Remember to keep a first aid kit nearby. You never know when accidents can happen. Your dog or a child could get herbicide drift if it’s a windy day.

Have plenty of water available for rinsing exposed eyes. Keep your phone nearby so you can call 911 if anyone inhales or swallow the Roundup.

Health Problems Linked to Roundup Weed Killer

The link between Roundup and cancer is alarming.  According to research conducted from 2001 to 2018 at the University of Washington, coming into contact with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup makes your risk for some cancers 40 percent more likely. It increases the risk of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma by 41 percent.

A study on pregnant rats showed reproductive and developmental problems during pregnancy. The babies grew slowly and had skeletal defects.

Another concern about Roundup is the inert ingredients it contains. These ingredients mixed with glyphosate make its toxicity on your cells even higher.

Another harmful ingredient is polyethoxylated tallowamine (POEA). It’s a detergent made from animal fat. It is more harmful to human embryonic, umbilical and placental cells than glyphosate alone.

French researchers found that certain Roundup mixtures could cause damage to cells and even death from treated crops, such as soybeans, corn, and grains.

They also suspect Roundup can possibly cause problems during pregnancy because of hormone interference. This could result in abnormal fetal development, miscarriage or low birth weight.

Other research conducted by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff led them to believe that glyphosate applied to crops can lead to celiac disease, gut imbalance and gluten intolerance. However, no scientific evidence confirms their findings yet.

Symptoms from Mild Exposure to Roundup

Even mild exposure to Roundup, such as spraying a few weeds on your sidewalk, is toxic and can cause the following symptoms:

  • Eye irritation

  • Skin irritation

  • Nose and throat inflammation

  • Increased saliva

  • Mouth burns

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

If you have any of these symptoms from exposure to Roundup, consult your doctor or call 911. Also, if your pets touched or licked Roundup, they could experience excessive drooling, diarrhea, tiredness and stop eating.

Environmental Concerns

The glyphosate in Roundup binds to the soil. If you use Roundup, it stays in your soil for up to six months. Eventually, bacteria in the ground break down the glyphosate.

If you live near a lake or pond, rain runoff can wash the herbicide into the water. If this happens, it can kill aquatic plants, which can result in adverse changes in fish and wildlife habitats.

Prevention is the Key to Roundup Weed Killer Safety

Roundup use is everywhere. You can find it on almost all the plant-based foods you eat. It’s also applied to foliage in public parks, yards, and lawns. You can protect your family from its harmful effects by implementing Roundup weed killer safety methods and carefully selecting certain organic foods or local farmers markets where you know how the produce was treated.

Contact us for more information on what you can do about any health problems you have related to Roundup herbicide. We can help.


Jake Steven