It is shameful that the EPA has chosen to rely on unpublished, industry-funded studies to determine that glyphosate is “Not Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans,” when the World Health Organization’s panel of cancer experts has found that glyphosate is probably causing cancer. Moreover, unlike the WHO scientists, EPA scientists focused exclusively on studies that tested glyphosate as a single ingredient. Most products containing glyphosate have other ingredients that can make the pesticide more dangerous.
The evidence backing up WHO’s finding is strong:
• Increased rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma were found in occupational exposure studies of workers who handled glyphosate in the USA, Canada and Sweden.
• Cancers of the kidney, blood vessels, stomach, and skin were observed in laboratory studies of rats and mice exposed to glyphosate.
• Our bodies absorb glyphosate. This is indicated by the fact that glyphosate is found in the blood and urine of, not only agricultural workers but also, the urban people who are exposed only through the food they eat.
• Our intestinal microbes metabolize glyphosate just like soil microbes do. When people are poisoned by glyphosate, aminomethylphosphoric acid (AMPA), a metabolite of glyphosate that’s found in contaminated soil and water, is found in their blood.
• Glyphosate and Roundup induce DNA and chromosomal damage in mammals, and in human and animal cells in vitro.
• Glyphosate, Roundup, and AMPA induce oxidative stress in rodents and in vitro.
How can you ignore this independent science and turn a blind eye to the suffering of Americans who have or will get cancer because of exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide?
Please discard the unpublished industry-funded data and follow the WHO finding