Cancer In Farm Workers Not Due To Weedkiller, Study Suggests
In an extensive long-term study on farm workers exposed to the Monsanto weedkiller Roundup, it was discovered that there is no association between cancer and the active ingredient called glycophosphate.
Cancers of interest in the study included solid tumors and lymphoid malignancies such as Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Although there was an increased risk of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), the researchers found out that the risk was not statistically significant.
The findings of this study are crucial in the decision of the European Union on whether or not to return Monsanto’s license to sell its glycophosphate-containing weedkiller.
This research study is part of an ongoing project called “Agricultural Health Study”, which focuses on farmers, agricultural workers and their families in North Carolina and Iowa.
Monsanto now celebrates the results of this study. The company’s Vice President of Strategy, Scott Partridge, that the study definitively proves that glycophosphate does not cause cancer in the real-word setting and clearly proves their product’s safety.