Scientists and doctors have recognized the carcinogenic effects of asbestos for decades. Acknowledging this meant that the government has had to step in and regulate asbestos exposure for workers. However, for thousands of people, the exposure has already happened.
Many chemical products in the United States do not receive adequate long-term testing before becoming publicly available. Basic safety testing often only looks at the short-term health impacts of new products and chemicals. Years later, it may become obvious that these new products actually pose significant public health risks. The popular plant-killing chemical called Roundup, also known as glyphosate, is one such product.