Can using weed killer give you cancer?
A San Francisco jury verdict ordering Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper, they say got terminal cancer from Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller is raising some concerns about the household use of products such as Roundup.
While it was medically impossible to prove Roundup is causing terminal illness, it’s also impossible for Monsanto to prove Roundup is not causing his cancer.
According to the World Health Organization, billions of pounds of this herbicide are being sprayed on agricultural land every year, covering almost all corn, soy, wheat, and cotton.
Monsanto, the company that invented the herbicide has even gone as far as to genetically modify crops so they can tolerate higher doses of Roundup. They defend the use of their product with their own research, case studies, and scientific findings.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup branded agricultural herbicides and was first approved for use in Monsanto’s weed killer in 1974 and is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States.
The question of whether it causes cancer, that has been hotly debated by environmentalists, regulators, researchers and lawyers, even as Monsanto has insisted for decades that it’s perfectly safe.
One of the reasons why glyphosate is thought to be safe for humans is that, as a molecule, it’s not soluble in fat, “and thus will not accumulate in our bodies very easily” – Deborah Kurrasch, a neuroscientist at the University of Calgary.
Is Roundup too dangerous for personal lawn care use?
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogenic to humans, but it also has many other health concerns associated with its exposure.
Most people react badly to glyphosate and other chemicals mixed with it, when ingested or applied to the skin, so you want to avoid any contact with the toxic chemical.
Any pesticide should be applied carefully.
Mass protests erupted in Europe last November after the European Commission, granted a five year extension for the license to use glyphosate in agriculture in the E.U.
How can i get exposed to glyphosate?
You can be exposed to glyphosate if you get it on your skin while spraying, or in your eyes or breathe it. You might swallow some glyphosate if you eat or smoke after applying it without washing your hands first. You may also be exposed to glyphosate, if you touch plants that are still wet with spray. Glyphosate isn’t likely to vaporize after it is sprayed.
Does glyphosate wash off after rain or sprinkler ??
The first Roundup Ready crops were developed in 1996, with the introduction of genetically modified soybeans that are resistant to Roundup. These crops were developed to help farmers control weeds. Because the new crops are resistant to Roundup, the herbicide can be used in the fields to eliminate unwanted foliage. Current Roundup Ready crops include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton, and sorghum, with wheat under development.