With Roundup lawsuits popping up all over the world, it is apparent that there is some correlation between roundup, glysophate and cancer. There are many debates now about glysophate and whether it causes cancer. Another issue stems from this debate. If, glyphosate causes cancer, and Roundup contains glysophate, do Roundup-ready crops cause cancer?
Glysophate as a carcinogen
The Environmental Protection Agency, also called the EPA, determined that glysophate is probably not a carcinogen. However, other environmental agencies have determined that glyosphate is likely to cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, determined that glysophate is likely a carcinogen. With no many Roundup and glysophate users developing cancer, there is likely a link between the two.
What are Roundup Ready Crops?
Roundup-ready crops are genetically modified to resist roundup and the key ingredient: glysophate. Glysophate is the main ingredient that eradicates weeds and unwanted vegetation. The problem is that it is strong enough to kill the crops, too. However, genetically modified crops are designed to resist glysophate, so they will continue to grow while weeds around them will be killed off. Monsanto is the company that created these crops, and quickly became the largest seed company in the world.
This allows the crops to grow, receiving the full nutrients from the soil. Any surrounding weeds or vegetation would siphon vital nutrients away. With those gone, genetically modified crops will grow larger and fuller.
What is the issue with Roundup Ready Crops?
One would think that Roundup Ready crops that grow larger and fuller would be great. In fact, it is, in theory. However, the issue comes from genetically modified crops. Even though the crops aren’t damaged or killed by the glysophate, they still absorb the substance from the soil.
Then, the glysophate is found in those crops and ingested by the consumer. This means that if glysophate causes cancer, and it is in the food that we eat, then we will eventually develop cancer as well. Currently, there isn’t enough data to analyze for us to determine the long-term effects of glysophate in our foods.
However, there have been many tests that conclude that glysophate is present in the food that we eat. It has been found in everything from the cereals we eat, to pizza, and many other food products.
Another issue is that creating Roundup-resistant crops can eventually lead to the mutation of weeds and other vegetation, making them resistant to Roundup as well. This would lead to having to increase the amount of glysophate used to combat the weeds, making it more prominent than ever in the foods we eat.
Right now, Roundup lawsuits are centered around people who have developed cancer after using Roundup. These lawsuits involve gardeners, farmers, groundskeepers and others who have been exposed to Roundup and glysophate on a long-term basis and developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
If any concrete development ever surfaces that glyosphate definitely causes cancer, there may be lawsuits from people who develop cancer after eating foods with trace amounts of glysophate. However, that remains to be seen.
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