Roundup and Cancer

In evaluating the safety of Roundup, research groups were coming to wildly different conclusions about whether or not Roundup causes cancer.

By 2001, a clear pattern had developed: Monsanto-backed research consistently found glyphosate to be safe, and independent research consistently found that glyphosate was linked to sharp increases in cancer risks with particular cancers like NHL. Apparently, most, if not all, science showing glyphosate is safe were funded by Monsanto.

Roundup and Independent Scientific Research

In 2015, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic” while Monsanto continues to maintain the product is safe today. As of this writing, glyphosate is currently being re-evaluated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with respect to glyphosate’s safety. Regardless of the EPA’s determination, it is likely that a jury will eventually determine who is being truthful.

UPDATE

Groundbreaking Roundup Verdict

On August 10, 2018, the jury heard Monsanto’s arguments regarding the safety of their product, and the plaintiff’s arguments regarding the dangers, and found in favor of the plaintiff in the matter of Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto.

Double Cancer Risk

In 2008, a study conducted by a Swedish research group concluded that exposure to glyphosate significantly increased the risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The study found a striking uptick in cancer risk to individuals working with Roundup daily as a farm worker, nursery employee, landscaper, or at a garden center. In fact, an individual working in one of those environments for just 8 years could face double the risk of cancer.