PSA For Spring: Weed Killer Roundup Can ‘Probably’ Cause Cancer

By | March 22, 2015

While this may or may not come as any great surprise to anyone, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has determined that the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup is to likely cause cancer!

With the W.H.O. using the phrases such as “classified as probably carcinogenic to humans” and ‘limited evidence’ to describe the active ingredient in Roundup, anyone with weeds has a decision to make with the onset of Spring.

Of course to be fair it can sometimes be difficult to pick-up any newspaper without a new warning concerning a commonly used product and its link to cancer.

But in this specific case, Roundup is after all a pesticide designed to kill a certain type of plant life.

And in further news that should come as no great surprise to anyone, producer Monsanto disputes the finding concerning one of its most prolific products.

From an article in Forbes, ‘WHO Deems Monsanto Roundup Ingredient ‘Probably Carcinogenic.’ Are They Right?‘…

An ingredient in Monsanto Roundup weed-killer – glyphosate – is “probably carcinogenic,” according to a new decision by the World Health Organization yesterday. The decision was laid out in a study in The Lancet Oncology, and published on the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) website. The study is based on a new look at the existing research on the chemical exposure in people and lab animals. Though it’s sure to raise consumer concerns, some – like Monsanto – say it’s unwarranted since no new data are included in the research, and previous studies have all deemed glyphosate relatively safe in the doses humans take it in. Consumers’ ears are certainly pricked at this new decision – but how convincing is it?

The report determines that there is “limited evidence” that the chemical can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer in humans. It says there is, however, “convincing evidence” that it can cause cancer in laboratory animals. Among people who work with the herbicide, who generally have traces of the compound in their blood and urine, there appears to be a slightly increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to the report: “Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the USA, Canada, and Sweden reported increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustment for other pesticides.” Full article here.


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