Roundup Exposure and the Battle for Justice

| 12/13/2018 9:59:00 AM


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Update: This story continues in Part 2, published April 2019.

Ever since Monsanto began the use of glyphosate as an herbicide in 1969, Roundup has grown to become the most commonly used herbicide in the world. You, as well as many others, may have long suspected the potential health risks of the chemical. Now, after nearly 50 years, its detrimental impacts on our health are slowly coming to be legally recognized. After all this time it looks like we are finally going to get some justice.

WHO Says Roundup Exposure is Possibly Carcinogenic?

It all changed in 2015, when the World Health Organization’s research arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), assessed the carcinogenicity of 5 organophosphate pesticides, including glyphosate. In their paper IARC Monographs Volume 112, they classified each of the 5 pesticides into to groups and labeled them as probably carcinogenic, or possibly carcinogenic to humans. Probably carcinogenic meaning that there was both limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans, as well as sufficient evidence of causing cancer in animals. And possibly carcinogenic meaning that there is convincing evidence that the pesticide causes cancer in animals.

Here’s the deal, the findings in the study caused the IARC to classify glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen” in humans. The classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen in humans, by the IARC, was reached after the organization screened over 1000 studies.

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