The Roundup Coverup
Despite new research published this month revealing that the active ingredient in Roundup known as glyphosate may not cause cancer, environmental regulators across the world remain split on the safety of the world’s most popular weedkiller. According to results published Nov. 9 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers followed more than 50,000 who were exposed to glyphosate and found no association between exposure to the chemical and most types of cancers.
Roundup has been at the center of controversy since the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015. The agency cited a positive association between exposure to the chemical and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a potentially deadly cancer that develops in the white blood cells.
The latest study has not had any impact on the perception of the chemical around the world so far as more regulatory committees take action against glyphosate.
European Regulators Remain Divided on Safety of Glyphosate
The results of the study came out the same day members of the European Union failed to reauthorize glyphosate for use in Europe for an additional five years.
An appeals committee will convene again in November to determine whether the Roundup chemical will be allowed to continue before its registration expires in December, according to The New York Times.
The vote was 37 percent in favor of renewing the chemical and about 32 percent against. Since the voting was weighted based on population and required a majority, opposition from France and Italy played a big role in the chemical’s defeat.
The Glyphosate Task Force, a trade group that includes Monsanto and Syngenta, was critical of the EU’s failure to renew.
“The GTF considers this situation to be discriminatory and unacceptable,” the group said in a statement. “Ultimately, failure to renew the approval of glyphosate based on political considerations will only serve to seriously undermine the credibility of the EU legislative framework within an international context and will put European agriculture at competitive disadvantage.”
California Adds Roundup Chemical to List of Carcinogens
Along with the classification and failure to receive renewal in Europe, Roundup is the target of regulators and lawsuits in the United States as well. Earlier this year, California added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer under the rules of Proposition 65. Classification under Proposition 65 means companies selling products containing the chemical must add warning labels to the packaging.
Despite a report from Reuters in June that one of the scientists leading the IARC’s review of the chemical in 2015 did not take into account data that showed glyphosate did not cause cancer, California cited IARC as an example of the dangers of glyphosate.
Monsanto attempted to challenge the ruling, but the chemical was added to the list on July 7, 2017.
Roundup Remains Target of Lawsuits in the United States
Despite conflicting studies and confusion about the safety of Roundup, hundreds of people have filed lawsuits against Monsanto over allegations that Roundup gave them cancer.
Farmers and gardeners around the country claim that their use of Roundup during work led to their diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In one case, the wife of a fixture of farmers markets on California’s Central Coast says Roundup killed her husband. Her husband Jack McCall grew avocados and fruit on a 20-acre ranch and avoided chemicals — except for Roundup.
In 2012, their dog developed lymphoma and died. In 2015, McCall was diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and died by the end of the year. Now, his wife Terri is suing Monsanto in a wrongful death lawsuit that says the company hid the cancer risks of glyphosate.
Her case is similar to the hundreds of others who are taking on Monsanto over claims of negligence and failure to warn.
Documents Reveal Monsanto May Have Manipulated Studies
Even with the latest study showing no connection between Roundup and cancers, many remain skeptical of the findings.
When court documents in the cases against Monsanto were unsealed in March, they raised questions about the research practices of the agrochemical giant. According to internal emails from the company, Monsanto may have ghostwritten research later attributed to academics saying glyphosate was safe.
Files also suggest that an official in the Environmental Protection Agency — which has had internal disagreements over the safety of glyphosate — had potentially worked in the interest of Monsanto, according to The New York Times.
Monsanto insists that the paper underwent a rigorous review process and was not ghostwritten by its scientists. Still, questions were raised about the conduct and possible manipulation of academic research.
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