WHO Review Board Says Glyphosate Causes Cancer
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an herbicide called glyphosate is most likely carcinogenic.
About the World Health Organization’s Cancer Findings
Glyphosate is the main ingredient used in common herbicides such as Roundup. The Monsanto Corporation manufactures Roundup and distributes it all over the world.
In March, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reviewed research conducted by a number of sources. After review, the board announced that glyphosate is probably cancerous.
In response to the findings, Monsanto officials called for more research, according to Reuters. The Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy was hired to review the WHO’s work and conduct more research on the possible carcinogenic effects of glyphosate. Monsanto says the findings will be made available to the public.
Glyphosate use has been increasing since the 1990s when Monsanto introduced crops that were genetically modified to be immune to herbicides such as Roundup. The resilient crops caused farmers to use more Roundup than usual.
National Herbicide and Pesticide Use Statistics
The following information has been provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:
- About 1 billion pounds of pesticides were used in 2007
- 80% of all herbicide and pesticide use was in agriculture
- Herbicides are the most common form of pesticide
- Glyphosate, 2, and 4-D were the most commonly used ingredients
- $12.5 billion was spent on herbicides and pesticides in 2007