What Is Roundup?
Roundup is a chemical that contains glyphosate, and is also the most popular herbicide in the world. The chemical’s popularity exploded in the mid-1990s, when Monsanto genetically-engineered (GMO) corn, soy, and cotton seeds to survive being sprayed. Roundup can be found on over 80% of the croplands in the United States.
The active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate works by specifically inhibiting an enzyme that is essential to plant growth and life. There are currently many various other products on the market that contain glyphosate as well that include:
- Roundup Ultra®, Roundup Pro®, Accord®, Honcho®, Pondmaster®, Protocol®, Rascal®, Expedite®, Ranger®, Bronco®, Campain®, Landmaster®, and Fallow Master® by Monsanto
IARC: Roundup Probably Causes Cancer in Humans
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, declared the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as “probably carcinogenic for humans” in March 2015. The warning was based on “convincing evidence” that glyphosate causes cancer in laboratory rats and mice. In humans, there is “limited evidence” linking Roundup and cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and DNA/chromosomal damage.
Exposed To Roundup? Cancer Risks
The most serious side effect from exposure to glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup is the development of cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, B-cell lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.
Individuals whom are most at risk for developing cancer from exposure to Roundup are those with constant exposure to the chemicals, such as farm workers, garden center employees, landscapers, nurseries workers, etc.