What about Roundup Weed Killer?
We are all bombarded with television ads by national law firms about various products that allegedly cause all kinds of terrible maladies.
The latest is Roundup, the most widely used weed-killer product in the world. Roundup, manufactured by Monsanto, contains an ingredient called “Glyphosate.” One brand new scientific analysis of the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate herbicides has found that people with high exposures to the popular pesticides have a 41% increased risk of developing a type of cancer called Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).
The animal Tests
In animal studies, often four groups of animals are in the test. One group is not exposed to glyphosate, called the “control group.” In each other groups, the animals are exposed to a low-dose, medium-dose, or high dose of glyphosate, respectively.
At the end of the test period, the animals are examined for the presence of tumors. Animals exposed to glyphosate are compared to the controls. In a 1983 mouse study, it was found that exposure to glyphosate was associated with a dose-dependent increase in kidney cancer. In a 2010 rodent study, scientists found that glyphosate, if cancer cells are already present, it causes the tumors to grow even faster. The Lerner Research Institute’s 2015 study supported glyphosate as an environmental risk factor for multiple myeloma (MM) and potentially Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).
What about humans?
Humans have been studied as well. A 2003 study, the National Cancer Institute found a doubling of the risk for NHL among individuals exposed to Roundup. In 2008, the International Journal of Cancer provided support to previous research that had linked glyphosate pesticide and herbicide exposure to NHL. Individuals that were exposed to Roundup for more than 10 days had a significant 2.36 times greater rate of NHL than individuals not exposed to Roundup. In a 2014 study, researchers published an analysis of nearly thirty (30) years of epidemiological research, finding significant associations between glyphosate and NHL. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published the results of a year-long investigation into the link between several different insecticides and herbicides, including glyphosate, and cancer. The group concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic (cancer-causing) to humans.” A genetic study published in 2017 in the Journal of Toxicology concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, may cause a form of DNA damage that can lead to cancer, including NHL. In a 2019 paper, researchers reported what they call a “compelling link” between exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides including Roundup and NHL.
Agricultural workers, especially those exposed to concentrated Roundup, are thought by many to be the most at risk for the related forms of NHL. We will learn a lot more in the coming months and years.
As the Good Lord made everything, I’m fond of the old saying, “A weed is simply a plant we have not determined the use for yet.”
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