Health | Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:33pm EDT Related: HEALTH
Scientists call for new review of herbicide, cite 'flawed' U.S. regulations
BY CAREY GILLAM
U.S. regulators have relied on flawed and outdated research to allow expanded use of an herbicide linked to cancer, and new assessments should be urgently conducted, according to a column published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.
There are two key factors that necessitate regulatory action to protect human health, according to the column: a sharp increase in herbicide applied to widely planted genetically modified (GMO) crops used in food, and a recent World Health Organization (WHO) determination that the most commonly used herbicide, known as glyphosate, is probably a human carcinogen.
The opinion piece was written by Dr. Philip Landrigan, a Harvard-educated pediatrician and epidemiologist who is Dean for Global Health at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and Chuck Benbrook, an adjunct professor at Washington State University's crops and soil science department.
"There is growing evidence that glyphosate is geno-toxic and has adverse effects on cells in a number of different ways," Benbrook said. "It's time to pull back ... on uses of glyphosate that we know are leading to significant human exposures while the science gets sorted out."
The column argues that GMO foods and herbicides applied to them "may pose hazards to human health" not previously assessed...
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Avi - You're right Glyphosate is a big deal: One interesting use of Glyphosate is to dry wheat before harvest. To help reduce levels of toxic fusarium fungus on wheat, it is good to harvest the wheat as early as possible but you can’t harvest it until it’s dry. So Glyphosate is used to dry (aka kill) the wheat plants so the grain can be harvested. As long as the Glyphosate is sprayed after the plants have fully matured, the Glyphosate won’t be moved from the plant into the seeds. Here, Glyphosate is actually helping farmers prevent a legitimately scary toxin from getting into the food supply.
Supermarkets and garden centres ban Roundup weedkiller suspected of causing cancer
Friday 7 August 2015 05.34 EDT
Monsanto is far from happy. The main ingredient of its highly profitable weedkiller, Roundup, often used in conjunction with GM crops, has been declared a “probable carcinogenic”.
As well as being profitable for Monsanto, glyphosate is one of the most widely adopted weedkillers in the world by gardeners and farmers alike. Use of it by UK farmers, for example, has soared by 400% in the last 20 years.
In response to the cancer warning, the US biotech company has been quick to accuse the body behind the new classification of bias. It says the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organisation (WHO), lacks transparency and has made an irresponsible decision – one likely to cause confusion among farmers and the wider public.
Monsanto’s strategy of confusion and controversy is an obvious one, suggests Professor Andreas Kortenkamp, a toxicologist at Brunel University London. In reality, he says, the process by which IARC comes to its decisions is “very rigorous and scientific, and not controversial or subjective as has been suggested sometimes.”
Risk to growers
Although Monsanto as the major producer of glyphosate is outraged, the warning on its own makes little difference to its availability or use.....
That’s because decisions on the risk assessment and whether to ban or restrict sale of a chemic
"Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s popular Roundup herbicide, and when I learned that I could affordably have my body tested for glyphosate accumulation, I immediately jumped on board. People get tested all the time to see if their vitamin levels are deficient, and some pay big bucks to test hormone levels and genetic history. Why not see if you’re playing landlord to a toxic tenant?"
--- Mother Earth News
""""This resulting high exposure to glyphosate of the American public is an especially serious issue since the decision of the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency IARC that the herbicide is a “probable” carcinogen. Monsanto has tried to bamboozle the public about the significance of the IARC decision by confusing the 2A (probable human carcinogen) category that IARC put glyphosate into with the 2B category – “possible human carcinogen”, a group occupied by common substances like coffee and pickled vegetables. The message is: many of us drink coffee and eat pickled vegetables without worrying, so we shouldn’t worry about glyphosate either.
Cockburn’s article reveals that the discussion at IARC was NOT about whether glyphosate should be in category 2A (probable carcinogen) or category 2B (possible carcinogen). Instead the discussion was about whether glyphosate should be classed in category 1 (known human carcinogen).
The IARC group was headed by Aaron Blair, an epidemiologist who spent thirty years at the National Cancer Institute. Cockburn paraphrases Blair as follows:
“According to Blair, there were good grounds to declare that glyphosate definitely causes cancer” – in other words, it should be classed in category 1 as a known human carcinogen. But “This did not happen, [Blair] said, because ‘the epidemiologic data was a little noisy’. In other words, while several studies suggested a link, another study, of farmers in Iowa and North Carolina, did not. Blair pointed out that there had been a similar inconsistency in human studies of benzene, now universally acknowledged as a carcinogen. In any case, this solitary glitch in the data caused the group to list glyphosate as a probable (instead of a definite) cause of cancer.”""" --- GMWatch
"EFSA will study IARC glyphosate findings"
"The European Food Safety Authority will more closely study findings by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in which it is proposed that weed killer glyphosate may cause cancer. The IARC report was officially published this week. The EFSA will include the report in an evaluation being made regarding the use of glyphosate in agriculture.
The assessment regarding the use of glyphosate within the European Union is being carried out by the German BfR. The conclusions made based on the study of the IARC publication will be presented to the European Commission and publicised later this year.
The IARC published a compilation of the report published this week in March 2015. In it it was suggested there is evidence of a link between exposure to glyphosate and the development of certain forms on cancer such as non-Hodgkin and lung cancer."
you don't have to believe me........ but maybe you should listen to what the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION had been saying about GLYPHOSATE