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Fast Walker 52

(7,723 posts)
Tue May 17, 2016, 03:21 PM May 2016

New Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup


Until recently, the fight over Roundup has mostly focused on its active ingredient, glyphosate. But mounting evidence, including one study published in February, shows it’s not only glyphosate that’s dangerous, but also chemicals listed as “inert ingredients” in some formulations of Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers. Though they have been in herbicides — and our environment — for decades, these chemicals have evaded scientific scrutiny and regulation in large part because the companies that make and use them have concealed their identity as trade secrets.

Now, as environmental scientists have begun to puzzle out the mysterious chemicals sold along with glyphosate, evidence that these so-called inert ingredients are harmful has begun to hit U.S. courts. In addition to Sanders and Tanner, at least four people who developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup have sued Monsanto in recent months, citing the dangers of both glyphosate and the co-formulants sold with it. As Tanner and Sanders’s complaint puts it: Monsanto “knew or should have known that Roundup is more toxic than glyphosate alone and that safety studies of Roundup, Roundup’s adjuvants and ‘inert’ ingredients” were necessary.

Research on these chemicals seems to have played a role in the stark disagreement over glyphosate’s safety that has played out on the international stage over the last year. In March 2015, using research on both glyphosate alone and the complete formulations of Roundup and other herbicides, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared glyphosate a probable human carcinogen. The IARC report noted an association between non-Hodgkin lymphoma and glyphosate, significant evidence that the chemical caused cancer in lab animals, and strong evidence that it damaged human DNA.

Meanwhile, in November the European Food Safety Authority issued a report concluding that the active ingredient in Roundup was “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.” The discrepancy might be explained by the fact that the EFSA report included only studies looking at the effects of glyphosate alone. Another reason the agencies may have differed, according to 94 environmental health experts from around the world, is that IARC considered only independent studies, while the EFSA report included data from unpublished industry-submitted studies, which were cited with redacted footnotes.
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New Evidence About the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup (Original Post) Fast Walker 52 May 2016 OP
"Question not that which profits corporate-self interest most extensively!" villager May 2016 #1
DURec. bvar22 May 2016 #2
Deeply concerning Scientific May 2016 #3
there's even a name for them--"nozzleheads": welcome to DU! MisterP May 2016 #4
Oh, have no fear... ReRe May 2016 #5


(26,001 posts)
1. "Question not that which profits corporate-self interest most extensively!"
Tue May 17, 2016, 03:30 PM
May 2016

"You will eat it and you will like it, dammit!"



(39,909 posts)
2. DURec.
Tue May 17, 2016, 03:36 PM
May 2016

All non naturally occurring herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, and GMO crops are
forever banned from our little hilltop in rural Arkansas.

Monsanto can go suck the BIG One.


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5. Oh, have no fear...
Tue May 17, 2016, 06:28 PM
May 2016

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