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Monsanto Fights Roundup Cancer Warning

Monsanto challenges cancer warnings by claiming warning labels will cause food prices to skyrocket and crush local agricultural economies

Monday, December 18, 2017 - Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide that works by stopping a plant from producing an enzyme it needs to make protein for proper growth.

Monsanto has made a cottage industry out of refuting every study or official determination that glyphosate, the active ingredient in its billion-dollar Roundup herbicide is in any way linked to cancer or another disease. The company recently formed a group of GMO farmers in the western United States to file a lawsuit to remove glyphosate from the state's official list of chemicals that cause cancer and to prevent the company from having to place a cancer warning label on every bottle of Roundup effective as of July 2018. Monsanto claims that glyphosate's inclusion on the state cancer list is "false" and "misleading" and that any such inclusion should be superseded by federal regulations. Joining Monsanto in challenging the state ruling are the state agriculture organizations in Iowa, Missouri, North and South Dakota, herbicide sellers in California, Arizona, and Hawaii, and the national wheat and corn growers associations. According to the L.A. Times, the Roundup cancer warning would have economic implications that far outweigh the cost to human health of using glyphosate: "California's cancer warning "would result in higher food costs, crushing blows to state and agricultural economies and lost revenue up and down the entire supply chain," Gordon Stoner, president of the National Assn. of Wheat Growers, said in a statement."

Monsanto is quick to point out that although the amount of glyphosate that is showing up in people's urine is increasing geometrically with the amount of the chemical sprayed, actual glyphosate levels remain low. The company points to studies that claim that ingesting glyphosate by eating meat, fruit, grains, and vegetables is small enough to rule out a link between glyphosate and cancer. Governments studies on individuals have concluded that glyphosate is, "unlikely to cause cancer in humans," and that the herbicide does not warrant a cancer risk classification.

What the pro-glyphosate studies fail to point out is that there are hundreds of thousands of people in occupations such as farmers, landscapers and gardeners, and maintenance workers who are exposed daily to the herbicide by touching it and breathing it and that glyphosate can be linked to other serious diseases as well as just cancer. In the summer of 2017, Australian medical journal Thorax published a report claiming that people whose occupation required exposure to the herbicide glyphosate are more than twice as likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by middle age. The rate of COPD in this demographic increases 22 percent for every ten year period the worker remains on the job. Symptoms of COPD resemble those of Asthma and Bronchitis such as coughing and wheezing, frequent respiratory infections, shortness of breath, fatigue and an inability to exercise, and tightness in the chest. According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, cases of severe glyphosate poisoning is manifested by "gastroenteritis, respiratory disturbances, altered mental status, hypotension refractory to the treatment, renal failure, and shock."

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