In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a division of the World Health Organization, confirmed what scientific research studies have shown about Roundup for decades: that exposure to glyphosate herbicides likely causes cancer in humans.
The announcement was based on analysis of several Roundup cancer risk studies conducted worldwide. Following IARC's Roundup cancer warning, many other governmental bodies and public health entities issued Roundup cancer warnings and bans, or at least regulated Monsanto's marketing of Roundup.
These statements contradict Monsanto's perspective on its premier product line; the company maintains that Roundup is safe. Many residents of St. Louis have been shocked to think that Monsanto, a St. Louis-based global agribusiness that supports many local causes, would have betrayed consumer trust by concealing Roundup cancer risk information from consumers.
According to one study, persons who are exposed to Roundup for as few as eight hours face a heightened risk for certain types of cancer including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, leukemia, and others. Anyone who uses Roundup while gardening, landscaping, or farming may have been exposed to the Roundup cancer risk.
First approved for use in the United States in 1974, Roundup has been marketed as safe for general use in home and commercial settings for decades. Roundup is useful because it kills a broad spectrum of common weeds and grasses that are a nuisance to gardeners and landscapers. Glyphosate was first discovered as an effective herbicide by a Monsanto scientist; today, other companies sell glyphosate-based herbicides but Roundup is the most popular. Roundup is in common use in American gardens and lawns, as well as in commercial settings.
In 2015, of Monsanto's roughly $15 billion in global sales, nearly $5 billion came directly from Roundup sales. Of the other $10 billion, a majority can be traced to Roundy Ready crops, which are genetically modified to resist the effects of Roundup, and other Roundup companion products.
Researchers believe Roundup cancer dangers stem from the chemical interaction between two ingredients in the popular herbicideâ€ glyphosate and tallow-amines. Anyone who has used Roundup on their lawn or garden, or who has worked with the substance as a part of their occupation, may be at risk for developing cancer from Roundup. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia are among the diseases identified in Rounder cancer risk research. One study showed that as few as eight hours of exposure could cause cancer in gardeners, landscape workers, and others who use Roundup. Additionally, research has shown that individuals living in areas where Roundup is used show DNA changes indicative of cancer.
Since the World Health Organization issued its 2015 Roundup Cancer Warning, numerous governments and public health organizations have followed suit. In some countries, Roundup cancer risks have led to the product being banned for private use; other countries have outlawed the sales of Roundup altogether. Countries and entities that have issued Roundup cancer warnings or bans include:
* Has issued a ban on Roundup in some or all settings.
Monsanto officials persist in asserting that Roundup cancer risks are mythical. However, critics say the company has too much to gain from Roundup sales to be considered a reliable source for Roundup cancer risk information. Additionally, the company has a record of funding falsified Roundup cancer research; Monsanto was the subject of FDA investigation and DOJ litigation for such activities in the 1970s and 1990s. In 1996, a ruling in the State of New York forced Monsanto to cease and desist advertising Roundup as safe.
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