EPA Ignored Scientific Research Showing Monsanto’s Glyphosate Causes Cancer

An analysis from the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Sciences Europe 1 shows the EPA ignored many peer-reviewed independent studies that link glyphosate to cancer in humans and instead, used research funded by Monsanto and other agrochemical companies to support the agency’s position that glyphosate is not carcinogenic.

What is Roundup?

Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world. Its key ingredient, glyphosate, is classified as a Group 2A carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Glyphosate was first registered for use in the United States in 1974. Since Roundup’s introduction that same year, over 9 million tons of the weed killer have been sprayed on crops and landscaping, in public areas such as schools and parks, as well as for home use. Global use of glyphosate has grown almost 15-fold since the 1996 introduction of Roundup Ready genetically engineered glyphosate-tolerant crops.2

Over 42,000 Lawsuits filed3

To date, over 42,000 people have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer AG in 2018. Plaintiffs claim exposure to Roundup’s glyphosate was a significant factor in causing the to develop cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma. People injured include farm workers, landscapers, school groundskeepers, and home gardeners. Exposure can be through inhalation or skin contact.

Researchers See Glyphosate Health Effects Across Generations

Researchers at Washington State University have found health problems in the second and third generation of rats who were exposed to glyphosate. In the first study of its kind, researchers observed descendants of rats exposed to glyphosate developed prostate, kidney and ovarian diseases, obesity, and birth abnormalities.4