Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Round Up of News on Glyphosate

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A recent report was published in the Lancet titled "Carcinogenicity of tetrachlorovinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate" that summarizes recent findings on the carcinogenic properties of commonly used pesticides.  You can read it here.  The World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph Working Group, the authors of the report, assessed the cancer risks associated with these chemicals.

The bombshell from the report is that glyphosate, used as an herbicide in over 750 commercially available products (including Roundup), was classified as probably carcinogenic to humans.  This is in direct contrast to the EPA that has not found any significant risk to people and the environment from the use of glyphosate.

The Des Moines Register published an article yesterday highlighting the critique of the WHO report while also noting that others are calling for a review of EPA policy regarding glyphosate.

I don't think we've heard the last on this issue.

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