Monsanto Freaking Out Over WHO Report Linking Roundup To Cancer In Humans

The World Health Organization (WHO) just dropped a bombshell on Monsanto. On Friday, WHO’s cancer division released a report stating that Monsanto’s Roundup, the world’s most popular weed killer “probably” causes cancer in humans.

The best-selling Monsanto product contains an active ingredient called glyphosate that the WHO report has now classified as,

“probably carcinogenic to humans.”

The classification was given in a study published in The Lancet Oncology, and on the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) website. The study is based on existing research on the exposure of glyphosate to people and lab animals.

The report states that there is “limited evidence” that glyphosate causes cancer in humans and “convincing evidence” that it causes cancer in laboratory animals, according to Forbes,

“Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the USA, Canada, and Sweden reported increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustment for other pesticides.”

Monsanto reacted immediately, calling for an urgent meeting to explain the findings. They claim that scientific data does not support the studies conclusions. Philip Miller, Monsanto’s vice-president of global regulatory affairs, said,

“We don’t know how the IARC could reach a conclusion that is such a dramatic departure from the conclusion reached by all regulatory agencies around the globe,” said Miller.

The recent report isn’t the only bad news for Monsanto. According to Al Jazeera America, a Sri Lankan study published in 2014 notes a possible link between glyphosate and chronic kidney disease that has killed thousands of farmworkers in Central America. The Sri Lankan government moved to ban glyphosate last year, but backed down after objections from Monsanto.

Robyn O’Brien, author and food industry analyst, says the new development isn’t unexpected, even by Monsanto itself. O’Brian reveals to Forbes,

“In October 2014, Monsanto officials said during their earnings’ report, ‘the Roundup business is expected to soften in 2015’ due to increasing headwinds. This week’s World Health Organization announcement adds to those headwinds,” states O’Brian.

O’Brien hopes that the new study leads to addition research into the health effects of glyphosate to both humans and ecosystems. She says,

“Scientists around the world continue to ask why,” says O’Brien. “Why do case-control studies of occupational exposure to glyphosate in the USA, Canada and Sweden now show increased risks for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma? What is this doing to farmers? Why is it being applied in record amounts?”

O’Brien concludes with a statement echoed by many around the globe,

“One thing is clear,” says O’Brien. “We need more science on this genetically engineered landscape we now eat from.”