Susanne Posel (OC) : The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research outreach of the World Health Organization (WHO) have classified insect and weed killers containing glyphosate as “probable carcinogens”.
Glyphosate now falls under the second level of concern; meaning it is classified as a “probable or possible carcinogen” and those exposed to the chemical could have an elevated risk for developing cancer.
Industrial use of glyphosate is of concern to IARC, not “use by home gardeners”. However, the chemical is present “in more than 750 different herbicide products and its use has been detected in the air during spraying, in water and in food.”
The IARC states that there is “convincing” evidence that glyphosate can cause the development of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Since the chemical was discovered in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, the IARC believes the chemical is absorbed by the body during exposure.
Researchers explained that although the chemical is present in recreational weed killers, “home use is [not] the issue. It’s agricultural use that will have the biggest impact. For the moment, it’s just something for people to be conscious of.”
Conversely, Monsanto vehemently disagreed with the IARC: “All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product. In fact, every glyphosate-based herbicide on the market meets the rigorous standards set by regulatory and health authorities to protect human health.”
Monsanto goes on: “We believe conclusions about a matter as important as human safety must be non-biased, thorough and based on quality science that adheres to internationally recognized standards. We join others in viewing IARC’s process and its assessment with strong skepticism. IARC has previously come under criticism for both its process and demonstrated bias.”
The chemical giant argues that “the IARC classification is not based on new data. Other regulatory agencies, including the German government, have previously reviewed the same studies. The Germans concluded that glyphosate was unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk in humans.”
Concerning the dangers of glyphosate use, in 2001 Don Huber, retired plant pathologist and professor from Purdue University (PU), wrote a letter to Tom Vislack, secretary of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Huber told Vislack that a “new unidentified” pathogen, i.e. glyphosate, was causing spontaneous abortions in livestock, triggering disease in soybeans and corn, and could cause a significant disruption of domestic food and feed supplies.”
The plant pathologist continued: “It is well documented that glyphosate promotes soil pathogens and is already implicated with the increase of more than 40 plant diseases. It is urgent to examine whether the side-effects of glyphosate use may have facilitated the growth of this pathogen, or allowed it to cause greater harm to weakened plant and animal hosts.”
According to Joseph Mercola: “Increasing exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, may be at least partially to blame for rising rates of numerous chronic diseases in Westernized societies.”
A study published in 2013 on the adverse effects of glyphosate coalesces the many effects on the human body and how they work together to trigger health issues such as:
• Gastrointestinal disease
• Heart disease
• Alzheimer’s disease
The researchers explained: “humans exposed to glyphosate have decreased levels of the amino acid tryptophan, which is necessary for active signaling of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Suppressed serotonin levels have been associated with weight gain, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.”
Susanne Posel, Occupy Corporatism