The World Health Organization has released a report that glyphosate, invented and marketed by Monsanto and the active ingredient in “Roundup” weed killer, probably causes cancer.
Published Thursday in the journal :”The lancet Oncology,” the WHO puts glyphosate in the second-highest risk category for causing cancer.
The US EPA doesn’t have glyphosate listed as a cancer-causing agent, but the agency said they will re-evaluate that position in lieu of the new report.
While Roundup is used for both home and industrial purposes, the report is aimed primarily at the industrial end. The WHO told the Associated Press that home-gardeners wouldn’t be exposed to “significant risk” from using the product.
Monsanto fired back immediately, claiming that the report came to a conclusion no other agency has reached and that there was no new data used to evaluate glyphosate:
[T]here is no new research or data that was used; the most relevant, scientific data was excluded from review; the conclusion is not supported by scientific data; and there is no link between glyphosate and an increase in cancer when the full data set is included in a rigorous review.
Corporate spin doctors are good at slipping in terms like “when the full data set is included.” Broad-spectrum research often arrives at different results than a more targeted study. Monsanto’s statement continues:
We don’t know how IARC could reach a conclusion that is such a dramatic departure from the conclusion reached by all regulatory agencies around the globe.
That just may be that whole broad-based versus targeted study thing again.
The fact is you could line up 30,000 5-year-olds diagnosed with cancer after being on a GMO only diet all their lives who developed cancer as a result and Monsanto would still deny their products could be harmful.
The almighty dollar, not the health and well-being of the human race is all they’ve ever cared about.