Monsanto Roundup Controversy

Introduced in 1974, Roundup agricultural herbicides is one of the largest used weed killers in the world. Monsanto's agricultural chemical flagship had little to no government warning since the day it was first introduced in the market.

Roundup Controversy

However, the herbicide has been in a lot of discussions lately. Hundreds of people have filed lawsuits against the company for they believe that Roundup is linked to a number of serious health problems.

According to some reports/studies (which we'll be discussing in a while), frequent exposure to Roundup can lead to cancer! Although, the authorities have been relatively silent on the matter.


International Agency For Research On Cancer (IARC) Report

A 2015 report by IARC determined that the main active ingredient used in Monsanto's Roundup Weed Killer- Glyphosate- is probably carcinogenic to humans.

For those who don't know what's carcinogenic-

According to Study.com, "A carcinogen is any substance that has the potential to cause cancer in living tissues."

Talking about the IARC report, people who were exposed to Roundup (mostly in agriculture sector) had higher risks of cancer as compared to the ones who had minimal or no exposure to this particular weed killer.

The report also outlines some tests done on laboratory animals. The 'limited evidence' drawn from both humans and animal tests alike suggest that Glyphosate not only leads to cancer but also causes significant DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells.

IARC


Monsanto's Take On IARC Report

Monsanto's officials claim that the IARC report failed to consider two vital studies that suggest Glyphosate is non-carcinogenic to humans.

The first study, conducted by the German-based Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BIR), concluded that "glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans."

Whereas, the second study, conducted by Helmut Greim (a profound German Scientist), puts light on meta-analysis which suggests that Glyphosate's carcinogenic potential is extremely low and won't result in any major health problem (if used properly).

According to a statement by Scott Partridge (Monsanto's Vice President of Strategy), the IARC "was corrupted apparently with the individuals who have an agenda". He also warrants an external investigation into the working of the agency and its leadership.


Potential Flaws In Monsanto's Research Practices

As recent as March 2017, a case in Federal Court in San Francisco challenged the legitimacy of research Monsanto provided as an evidence that its flagship herbicide is safe and environment-friendly.

The unleashed documents include classified internal emails within Monsanto as well as email exchanges between the company officials and the Federal. These emails suggest that the Monsanto had ghostwritten research and later asked scientists to endorse the research as their own.

The same documents also revealed that there was some tension and disagreement amongst the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) officials regarding their own safety assessment of Glyphosate.

Research Practices


Monsanto's Take On The March 2017 Federal Case

Monsanto's representatives, however, claims that the unleashed documents are fake and the research in question went through a rigorous peer review process before being published.

One of the scientists at EPA also said that they had no interaction with Monsanto during the entire process of testing, reviewing the data and preparing the papers for the same.


End result

The State Office of Environmental Health Hazard ruled that Glyphosate will be added to the California's list of chemicals that can cause cancer.

Why? For a Californian law, commonly known as Proposition 65, "requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm."

Monsanto filed a case against the state of California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) but had not been successful in preventing or appealing the State Office's decision.

Though there hasn't been any definitive outcome from these controversies, the number of people across the United States filing claims against Monsanto's Roundup continues to grow!

In fact, it's not the first time the herbicide giant is facing such controversies. Even in the past, the company has ordered to pay $93 million to a small town and $46.5 million to three small plaintiffs, as the people were largely affected by the chemicals produced by Monsanto.

Roundup had been studied for years and all the studies indicate that the most popular weed killer isn't safe for regular usage. You deserve a compensation if you have suffered (in any way) by the use of Glyphosate.

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