Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is the most-used agricultural chemical ever. Mounting scientific evidence of its human health impacts indicates that it may also be the most devastating.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been conducting its required 15-year re-registration review of glyphosate since 2009. The agency was supposed to either reapprove or ban the chemical by the end of 2015. We assumed that glyphosate would get the stamp of approval for another 15 years while President Obama was still in office.
Then, in March 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) panel of cancer experts, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), did its own review of the latest science on glyphosate. The IARC panel of 17 scientists unanimously agreed to reclassify the chemical as a probable human carcinogen.
The IARC cancer finding forced the EPA to take its glyphosate review more seriously. That slowed down the process. Now, the decision is in the hands of the Trump administration’s EPA.
The campaign to ban Monsanto’s Roundup is winning around the globe. And the recent verdict in the the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto case can only help to bolster the case for an outright ban on Roundup. Jurors in the case unanimously decided that not only did Roundup weedkiller cause Dewayne Johnson's cancer, but that Monsanto knew the herbicide was carcinogenic, but hid that fact from Johnson and the public.
It's past time for the EPA to do its job by banning glyphosate and ending Monsanto's reign of terror.
It is shameful that the EPA has chosen to rely on unpublished, industry-funded studies to determine that glyphosate is “Not Likely to be Carcinogenic to Humans,” when the World Health Organization’s panel of 17 cancer experts unanimously concluded that glyphosate is a "probable human carcinogen."
Unlike the WHO scientists, EPA scientists focused exclusively on studies that tested glyphosate as a single ingredient. Most herbicide products containing glyphosate also contain other ingredients, and the combination of those ingredients 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 US, 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 people in urban areas who are exposed to glyphosate 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 evidence that WHO scientists used to determine glyphosate and Roundup's carcinogenicity.