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RoundUp (glyphosate) Causes Cancer, says World Health Organization

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The World Health Organization (WHO) finally states, officially, what the rest of the world is already aware of: that the world’s most popular herbicide, RoundUp, probably causes cancer in humans, as well as damage to chromosomes and DNA.

The Lancet Oncology published a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) where scientists detail the evaluation of this organophosphate herbicide. This report states that there was “limited evidence” of carcinogenicity for humans, specially, for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This conclusion was reached after hundreds of studies that were performed between 2001 and 2012, involving exposure to this chemical throughout Canada, Sweden, and the US.

Scientists reviewing these studies found “convincing evidence” that glyphosate (RoundUp) caused cancer in studies done with animals. In fact, this report notes that the United States EPA, back in 1985, originally classified RoundUp as a possible carcinogen The IARC looked at the original EPA findings, as well as more recent reports, before coming to their conclusion that there is sufficient evidence to show that this herbicide could cause cancer.

The fight that surrounds RoundUp is connected to the debate surrounding GMO foods. Tons of this herbicide is used on GM crops, including soybeans and corn, which have been modified to survive the effects of this potent herbicide. Many corporations, most notably Monsanto, are heavily invested in this chemical. Unfortunately, this has resulted in glyphosate being found in water, food, air, and even in nearby soil that has not been sprayed with this herbicide.

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public health published a study in 2014 that stated that it had found a link between RoundUp and a deadly health problem called CKDu, or Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown origin. This fatal disease has affected many rice farmers in Sri Lanka, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and other nations. Brazil has already banned RoundUp and Sri Lanka is expected to do the same shortly.

Scientists believe that RoundUp is helping to carry toxic heavy metals that are already present in some agrichemicals, directly to the kidneys. CKDu was first seen in Sri Lanka in the 1990’s, soon after the introduction of glyphosate, and to date has taken an estimated 20,000 lives.

This study does not offer any new scientific evidence, but it offers a comprehensive review of studies that were previously published.  As expected, Monsanto not only denies that there is any real proof to these claims, and insists that these are nothing more than theory, they are also pressuring the World Health Organization to withdraw their claim that their product can cause cancer.

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