Monsanto Roundup causes cancer because it contains a chemical ingredient, glyphosate, that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified as a “probable carcinogen to humans.”
Monsanto, and now its new corporate-giant-owner Bayer AG, refuse to admit that their popular weed killer, Roundup, causes cancer.
But scientists grew curious about a possible connection between herbicides and cancer when they detected a dramatic increase in cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) over the span of three decades—starting in the mid-to-late 1900s, when organic, synthetic pesticides first hit the agricultural scene.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) acted on clues resulting from earlier research that had already established a link between NHL and manufacturing workers who were exposed to pesticides on the job. The IARC proceeded to investigate synthetic pesticides. Five of the many they studied had previously been connected to cancer.
Glyphosate’s use in agricultural jobs had been linked to NHL, specifically, among agricultural workers. Furthermore, there was already evidence of mice developing cancer after being exposed to the substance. When IARC concluded its additional research on glyphosate, it found that it correlated positive with B cell lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system more commonly known as NHL. The group’s conclusions were published in 2014 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
In 2015, the public got to hear more grim news about Roundup’s key ingredient. The IARC had dug deeper into studies of the herbicide and discovered it harbored many additional, dark secrets.
When IARC discovered that Monsanto Roundup causes cancer, they also discovered that glyphosate can alter the DNA of human cells. This genotoxicity makes glyphosate an agent for tumors and other malignancies that lead to cancer.
Your body has antioxidants and free radicals. When things are working properly, your antioxidants are able to manage the free radicals and maintain a functional balance.
Normally, your free radicals serve a good purpose—staving off pathogens. But when an imbalance occurs, free radicals tend to get more unruly, and less easily controlled by the antioxidants. When this imbalance occurs, known as oxidative stress, your free radicals harm your body’s proteins, DNA, and fatty tissue. This sprawling damage creates a breeding ground for cancer. Glyphosate was found to create oxidative stress.
Your body’s digestive system—your gut, specifically—creates “good” bacteria. It’s actually beneficial to your body. IARC discovered that glyphosate damages these good bacteria in such a way that ripples throughout your internal systems, ultimately boosting your risk of cancer.
As important as all these findings were, it was not until the University of Washington researchers published the results of their meta-analysis of the topic that mainstream media snapped to attention. These scientists were able to connect actual numbers to glyphosate exposure to cancer risk by studying rates of cancer among agricultural workers who had been heavily exposed to glyphosate as compared with people who had not been exposed or had been barely exposed to the herbicide.
They found the first group experienced a 41% greater chance of developing NHL in their lifetimes compared with the second group.
When California lawmakers heard these latest findings, they added glyphosate to the state’s list of human carcinogens. As a result, products containing the substance must be labeled to warn people of the risk of cancer from their exposure to the contents.
The scientific evidence tells the story of the damage that Monsanto and now Bayer have allegedly wreaked upon people who used their Roundup product and now suffer from cancer as a result.
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