“Glyphosate Probably Carcinogenic to Humans!” Along with Coffee and Pickles..

In a recent report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, Glysophate has now been classified as, “Probably Carcinogenic to Humans.” The popular Monsanto branded herbicide “Roundup” that has enjoyed massive success worldwide since 1970 is made of glyphosate. The study has found that glyphosate may increase the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in people who are regularly exposed to the chemical, often due to their occupation.

The study shows that exposure to glyphosate and glyphosate formulations promoted tumors in laboratory mice. Because of that, the IARC classified Glyphosate as “Group 2A,” which constitutes products or activities that are probably carcinogenic to humans.

Now, before you say “Of course we know Glyphosate is bad!” - Other things that fill in “Group 2A” include:

-          Coffee

-          Cell Phones

-          Aloe Vera Extract

-          Pickled Vegetables

-          Professions such as barber or fry cook

-          Working night shifts

As you can see, this group consists of some very common things in this same group.

Monsanto, of course, has gone on the offensive since this report was released. They have requested a retraction, stating that the study is biased and contradicts regulatory findings that glyphosate is safe when used as labelled. Monsanto has also requested a meeting with appropriate personnel of the World Health Organization.

Monsanto has also stated that the IARC classification is not based on new data. Other regulatory agencies, including the German government, previously reviewed the same studies that the IARC reviewed. The Germans concluded that “Glyphosate was unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk in humans.”

Glyphosate use has risen from 110 million pounds in 2002, to 283 million pounds in 2012, as weeds have started to develop a resistance to glyphosate.

Do you think that this ruling by the World Health Organization will limit how farmers use Roundup in the fields? What side of this debate are you on? Do you think Monsanto should have reacted as they did?

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