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Do glyphosate herbicides increase the risk of cancer?
Certain weed control agents appear to harm not only annoying weeds, but also human health. Doctors have now found that so-called glyphosate herbicides, the most commonly used weed killers in the world, increase the risk of cancer by up to 41 percent in people with high exposure.
The University of Washington scientists found in their current investigation that frequent exposure to glyphosate herbicides increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) by 41 percent. The experts published the results of their study in the English-language journal "Mutation Research / Reviews in Mutation".
Limiting the use of glyphosate-based herbicides?
The evidence from the study demonstrates the relationship between exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides and an increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The scientists are contradicting the security checks carried out by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the weed killer. Another argument that the use of glyphosate-based products in agriculture is restricted.
More than 9,000 lawsuits in the United States against Montasano
Monsanto and its German owner Bayer AG are facing more than 9,000 lawsuits in the United States, in which those affected blame Monsanto's glyphosate-based herbicides for their diseases. Monsanto claims that there are no legitimate scientific studies that clearly link glyphosate to NHL or any type of cancer. The company claims that scientists at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), who classified glyphosate as a likely human carcinogen in 2015, had not adequately assessed several important studies. However, the new analysis could potentially complicate Monsanto's defense. In 2016, three of the authors of the current study were appointed by the EPA as board members for a scientific advisory board for glyphosate.
Is Glyphosate Carcinogenic Or Not?
"Our analysis focused on providing the best possible answer to the question of whether glyphosate is carcinogenic or not," says study author Professor Lianne Sheppard of the University of Washington in a press release. When investigating epidemiological studies published between 2001 and 2018, the team found that exposure to glyphosate could increase the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma by up to 41 percent. The authors focused on epidemiological research in humans, but also took into account the evidence of laboratory animals. “This research provides the latest analysis of glyphosate and its connection to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This includes a 2018 study of more than 54,000 people who work as approved pesticide applicators, ”said study author Rachel Shaffer from the University of Washington. "These results are in line with a previous assessment by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015," added the expert.
Do crop plants have higher residues of glyphosate?
Glyphosate was first introduced as a herbicide in 1974. Agricultural use has increased, particularly since the mid-2000s. Since then, glyphosate-based herbicides have been applied to plants shortly before harvest. As a result, crop plants are likely to have higher residues of glyphosate. (as)