A study carried out in the USA on the use of weedkiller glyphosate by the agriculture industry, says there are no links to exposure to the pesticide and cancer, as reported by reuters.
The results of the survey were released yesterday and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study concluded that there were no links between the weedkiller and any cancerous tumours and other cancer types, including non-Hogkin Lymphoma.
The study did find that exposure to the weedkiller, could increase the risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia. They warned though that this would require more research, with the current results not “statistically significant”.
The results are likely to have a significant impact on the many current legal cases against global giants Monsanto, with over 180 people claiming exposure to the chemical led to them getting cancer. Monsanto strictly denies all these allegations.
It is not yet known whether these latest results will affect the EU vote on glyphosate next week. The EU are set to vote on whether or not to extend the license for Monsanto to continue selling the product in the EU.
The latest findings come just two years after the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer found that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic”. The weedkiller has been passed as safe to use by other organizations, such as the European Food Safety Authority.
The latest research was conducted as part of the Agricultural Health Study, which has been tracking the health of those in the agriculture industry and their families in North Carolina and Iowa. The research has been ongoing since the 1990’s
The research is part of a large and important project known as the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), which has been tracking the health of tens of thousands of agricultural workers, farmers and their families in Iowa and North Carolina.
“Glyphosate was not statistically significantly associated with cancer at any site,” the report concluded.
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