It’s hard to not feel like a broken record.
After all, at least 10 years have passed since we first started warning Healthier Talk readers about the dangers of glyphosate weed killer.
But at the same time, it’s usage has gone UP rather than down. WAY up.
In fact, between 1995 and 2015 total use has skyrocketed nearly 1500 percent.
And no, that’s NOT a typo. As genetically-modified crops have become more popular among farmers, the use of the herbicide has gone up almost 15-fold.
Is the herbicide glyphosate dangerous?
But if you’re confused about the dangers of this creepy chemical, there’s a reason for that. And you’re not alone.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer labeled glyphosate “probably” carcinogenic four years ago.
But since then mixed messages have muddied the water. And it has left a LOT of folks feeling befuddled.
No doubt the huge drug company which owns Monsanto, and its wildly popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup, would PREFER you stay that way.
And they’ve had some help making sure you do.
First of all the European Food Safety authority declared glyphosate didn’t cause cancer in 2015. Then the United Nations backed up the EFS claim in a report in 2016. They agreed the chemical was “unlikely” to trigger cancer. And just last year the Agricultural Health Study claimed any risk was low.
Meanwhile, suits against Monsanto, maker of Roundup, continue to mount. And late last year a jury awarded a man, who says his deadly cancer was the result of exposure to Roundup, $289 million in damages.
Several investigations have found potentially unsafe amounts of glyphosate in oat products such as breakfast cereals.
And animal studies connecting glyphosate to various health problems continue to be published.
Glyphosate sends cancer risk SKYROCKETING
In other words, it’s no wonder folks are having trouble making head or tails out of the situation. But now the researchers behind a new study hope to put the cancer question to rest.
Because their recently published study didn’t just find that glyphosate is associated with increased cancer risk. It also found that risk may be higher than anyone ever imagined.
The researchers took a deep dive into studies published between 2001 and 2018. And after a whole lot of number crunching and careful analysis they had their answer.
Glyphosate could increase your risk for a cancer called Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma by MORE than 41 percent.
Reduce exposure to glyphosate by going organic
So why the mixed messages?
The researchers believe some earlier studies may not have analyzed the period right before crops are harvested. Known as “green burndown,” farmers often liberally spray herbicides on the crops during this time.
Farmworkers and those who live in agricultural areas are obviously exposed to higher amounts of glyphosate and other herbicides. But that doesn’t mean you and I aren’t in danger too.
Long term exposure in the foods we eat and the air we breathe could have a cumulative effect.
Plus, there’s been an increase in the use of herbicides. And that’s for a couple of reasons…
- farmers are growing more GMO crops
- herbicide-resistant superweeds are springing up all over
Which is why researchers say today’s crops likely have far more glyphosate-residue on them than in the near past.
The researchers say their study is in line with the 2015 findings that “glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.”
Which means at risk of sounding like a broken record, I have some advice.
If you want to help reduce your OWN exposure to this cancer-linked chemical, it’s time to make the switch to organically grown foods. Organic regulations prohibit spraying crops with glyphosate.
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