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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Monsanto's Round-up Is Probable Carcinogen, World Health Organization Says

Walking into the local grocery store this morning for some organic lemon juice, I saw shelves of Easter candy* on the left, flanked by shelves of bread and bagels on the right. Between them, was a large display for diabetes testing supplies which were available at the in-store pharmacy. The irony must not have been obvious to the staff or the rest of the customers. Then I visited the local big box home supply store and upon entering, I was greeted by stacks and stacks of Roundup on the left flanked by a sign about cancer awareness on the right. Again, the irony must have not been as obvious as I thought it was.



One of the world's most popular weed-killers — and the most widely used kind in the U.S. — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The decision was made by IARC, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, which considered the status of five insect and weed killers including glyphosate, which is used globally in industrial farming.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which makes its own determinations, said it would consider the French agency's evaluation.

"All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health," said Monsanto's Phil Miller, global head of regulatory and government affairs.


"We are sympathetic with people who believe they have been injured and understand their concern to find the cause, but reliable scientific evidence indicates that Agent Orange is not the cause of serious long-term health effects." - Monsanto (Jill Montgomery, 2004)


* Why Pascha has morphed so entirely into the non-religious candy-fest of Easter, is unknown.

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