What is Roundup?
Roundup is a popular grass and weed killer that is manufactured by Monsanto Co. It is one of the most popular herbicides in the market and has been distributed internationally since the 1970s. The manufacturers indicate that the herbicide contains glyphosphate (41%) and other ingredients that aren’t specifically named on the label. However, it is well known that the herbicide contains POEA (polyoxyethylene tallow amine). This is a chemical that is soap-like in nature. It is added to the formulation to help glyphosphate penetrate plants.
Many crops have been genetically engineered to be tolerant of glyphosate. This allows farmers to use glyphosate as a postemergence herbicide against weeds. Roundup is commonly used along with genetically-engineered cotton, soy and corn seeds. These genetically engineered seeds are designed to withstand the effects of the herbicide. This allows farmers to spray their crops with the herbicide without killing them but does it lead to a Roundup Cancer Risk?.
Is round up toxic?
One specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, was more deadly to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells than the herbicide itself – a finding the researchers called “astonishing” and further enhanced the concern surrounding the Roundup cancer risk.
Is glyphosate a carcinogen?
Glyphosphate in food
Whilst Roundup is sprayed on 80% of the crop farms in the US it is also used in gardens. Many of the crops make it to the table and many more are used to feed farm animals that also make it to the table.
Studies have found residues of the chemical in honey, oats, organic eggs, wheat and other foods.
Roundup and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
The WHO issued a Roundup cancer risk warning and other herbicides containing glyphosphate in March 2015, citing that the chemical was carcinogenic. Although there is limited evidence of this in humans, glyphosphate was shown to cause cancer in lab rats.
Roundup is primarily associated with the development of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This is a cancer that begins in the immune systems. It has the potential of spreading to other parts of the body. Several studies have shown high rates of this type of cancer amongst farm-workers exposed to large volumes of Roundup in Canada, the US and Sweden.
Roundup also has been linked to the development of various other types of cancer including Large Diffuse B-cell, cutaneous T-cell and small lymphocytic lymphoma.
In mid-October of 2016, 37 lawsuits against Monsanto that had been filed in courts throughout the US were centralized into a Multi District Litigation proceeding that will be heard in the Northern District of California.
Dr Victoria Handley, Director of Handley Law stated that ‘We await the publication of research associated with this litigation. It will certainly have wide implications if the Court rule in favour of the Claimants in this action. This is litigation to watch closely”.