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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Monsanto receives billions each year from the sale of their soybeans, corn, and other seeds that have been designed to withstand its own herbicide spray. Monsanto is asking for a meeting with the WHO to discuss their findings.  This St. Louis based company insists that the statement from the WHO contradicts what they call “decades of scientific review” that have called RoundUp safe. Monsanto spokespersons blast the IARC for “cherry picking” their data and accused them of having an agenda and called them “biased.”

Several consumer groups stated in a conference call with reporters that they were very hopeful that the IARC study would force the EPA to take action, or at least take a closer look at the safety of RoundUp. They also said that they hoped this study would encourage the White House to create a nationwide labeling law that would allow consumers to know whether or not the foods they were buying contained GMO ingredients.

It’s interesting to note that Monsanto, in response, did not decide to make their product safer. They did not, apparently, even consider ways to refute the claim, state that they would review this report, or that they might even consider re-formulating the product. Monsanto simply stomped their feet and demanded that these statements, backed by scientific data, be retracted.


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Dave Schubert, from the cellular neurobiology laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California states “There are a number of independent, published manuscripts that clearly indicate that glyphosate can promote cancer and tumor growth and it should be banned.”

With the already existing overabundance of evidence from previously published research papers, on top of this recently released study, it becomes very clear that RoundUp is dangerous. There are hundreds of other means of fighting weeds besides resorting to a cancer causing, kidney killing herbicide such as RoundUp.


One Comment


    May 17, 2015 at 5:15 am


    IARC is ABSOLUTELY WRONG ! International Agency for Research on Cancer ( IARC ) is RIDICULOUSLY IMPLYING that its false-evaluation of GLYPHOSATE ( Roundup ) is somehow being withheld from EPA, Health Canada, and EVERY other science-based regulatory agency in the world. IARC ( a.k.a. World Health Organization ) is NOT a government regulatory agency. It has NO regulatory authority whatsoever. IARC most certainly is NOT a science, NOT a research, and NOT a health organization. Rather, IARC tends to operate as an anti-pesticide & environmental-fanatic organization. Furthermore, IARC’s false-evaluations deliberately overstate the risks with arbitrary and selective « cherry picking » of data. IARC has NOT even conducted any original research that reveals any new information. It is clear that IARC has an agenda-driven bias for reasons of mere pesticide-hating fanaticism and politicized science. IARC IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED ! Only a small number of IARC’s false-evaluations have been reviewed by REAL AND INDEPENDENT expert-scientists, leading observers to conclude that its evaluations are colored by bias and are swayed by fanatic-activism. Consequently, REAL expert-scientists with direct experience with IARC have dissociated themselves from this fanatic-organization. THE PESTICIDE-HATING IARC HAS BEEN DISCREDITED ! Scientific research shows that, as reported through EPA’s and Health Canada’s vast toxicology database, NO harm will occur when pest control products like GLYPHOSATE are applied properly. All of these products have been evaluated for their carcinogenic potential. Even Canadian Cancer Society’s own web-sites state, repeatedly, that scientific research does NOT provide a conclusive link between pest control products and cancer. In fact, scientific research proves that pest control products will cause NO harm and do NOT cause cancer. PESTICIDES CAUSING CANCER IS A MYTH ! The current IARC evaluation of ingredients like GLYPHOSATE is limited at best, and is NOT reliable ! IARC has conveniently disregarded dozens of scientific studies, specifically genetic toxicity studies, that support the conclusion GLYPHOSATE is NOT a human health risk ! According to overwhelming scientific evidence, NO replicated scientifically-valid study has found any human harm from GLYPHOSATE. IARC’s false-evaluation has been refuted by REAL experts. EPA, Health Canada, and other science-based regulatory agencies have clearly demonstrated that Roundup is LESS TOXIC THAN Aspirin, baking soda, caffeine, cannabis, nicotine, table salt, and Tylenol. Roundup is NO MORE TOXIC THAN ethanol ( an edible beverage constituent in beer, wine, and other intoxicating beverages ), mouthwash ( Listerine ), and Vitamin C. Roundup is scientifically-safe, practically non-toxic, will cause NO harm, will NOT cause cancer, and will NOT cause irreversible damage if consumed orally. The probable lethal dose for a person ingesting the concentrated form of GLYPHOSATE is ONE LITRE, the volume of an entire milk carton. By comparison, drinking SIX LITRES of water, a fluid that is seemingly harmless, can lead to water poisoning or dilutional hyponatremia, which is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions. In essence, water is only FIVE TIMES SAFER than 2,4-D or Roundup. THE PESTICIDE-HATING IARC IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED ! Manufacturers have no other recourse than to LITIGATE against IARC ! SUE THE IARC-FANATICS’ BRAINS OUT ! For more information about IARC, go to … For more information about GLYPHOSATE, go to … We are the National Organization Responding Against HUJE that conspire to destroy the Green space and other industries ( NORAH G ). As a non-profit and independent organization, we are dedicated to reporting about PESTICIDE-HATING FANATICS, as well as the work of RESPECTED and HIGHLY RATED EXPERTS who promote ENVIRONMENTAL REALISM and PESTICIDE TRUTHS. Get the latest details at WILLIAM H GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G