Glyphosate and Cancer

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found a link between some pesticides and a significantly increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma—a type of cancer of the lymphatic system. In this type of cancer, tumors of the lymph nodes or within the lymph system can form. According to the review of 44 studies, 80 active ingredients in 21 classes of chemicals, researchers found that exposure to glyphosate the main ingredient in Roundupdoubles the risk of this deadly cancer.

According to an article in Rodale News: “There’s been a striking increase in the number of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases over the past three decades, and a major new scientific review suggests chemical pesticides—particularly glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup—are playing an important role in fueling the cancer.”

Glyphosate’s increasing use can be attributed to the rise of genetically-modified food crops. Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup is also the creator and manufacturer of genetically-modified seeds, the use of which has skyrocketed over the last two decades.

Monsanto touts its weed killer as safe, declaring on its website that: “Roundup herbicides and other glyphosate products can be used as part of an environmentally responsible weed control program and fit with our vision of sustainable agriculture and environmental protection.”

While the company claims that its product is safe the pesticide that is also known as the “Darth Vader chemical” has been linked to other serious health conditions and environmental degradation. It has been linked to autism, allergies, cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, depression, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, infertility, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. In a peer-reviewed report by Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant and Dr. Stephenie Seneff, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) research scientist, found that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup caused nutritional deficiencies and systemic toxicity.

Additionally, while Monsanto may claim its product somehow contributes to “environmental protection” environmentalists assure us that this chemical doesn’t just wash off produce, and instead is finding its way into air and water supplies, as well as killing pollinators like butterflies and bees.
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