International Agency for Research on cancer, An agency linked with WHO has reported their concerns that Monsanto Company’s popular weed killer is the reason for the cancer cases in human beings. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, “probably” causes cancer in people.
Authorities in the agency reveals that their conclusion was based on studies of people, laboratory animals and cells. Aaron Blair, chairman of the group of 17 reviewers from around the world working with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, said, “All three lines of evidence sort of said the same thing, which is we ought to be concerned about this.”
Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, issued an angry response to the published concerns, claiming that the agency had an “agenda” against the company and its products. Philip Miller, Monsanto’s vice president for global regulatory affairs, said in an interview with reporters that the conclusion reached by the cancer agency is “starkly at odds with every credible scientific body that has examined glyphosate safety.”
The company also accused the agency of “cherry picking” the data to make its case against the product. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and has a reputation for being safe for humans. Use of glyphosate has soared in the last two decades as it has been sprayed on farms, in forests, on roadsides and in gardens around the world. The agency said that they had no agenda for its investigation other than to inform the World Health Organization.
An Environmental Protection Agency committee found thirty years ago that Roundup might cause cancer in humans. However, six years later, the agency re-evaluated the mouse study the decision had been based on and reversed their position on the matter. One piece of evidence cited by the International Agency for Research on Cancer is the same mouse study evaluated by the EPA.