Over the last 30 years, there have been numerous glyphosate studies conducted by independent researchers showing a link between glyphosate and various forms of cancer and other serious health risks. Most recently, in March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency within the World Health Organization (WHO), conducted an exhaustive analysis on the toxicity of glyphosate.
The IARC convened a panel of 17 international scientists from 11 countries to conduct a systematic review of all publicly available information about glyphosate. The year-long glyphosate study resulted in the publication of an IARC Monograph—the authoritative standard for cancer hazard assessment around the world.
The IARC typically categorizes agents into four categories: Group 1 (known human carcinogens), Group 2A (probable human carcinogens), Group 2B (possible human carcinogens), and Group 3 (not classified).
After its comprehensive glyphosate study, the IARC concluded, among other things, that glyphosate is probably a human carcinogen (Group 2A). For an in-depth review of the IARC’s monograph click here.
Gardeners and Landscapers Using Roundup at Risk for Developing Cancer
Farmers and farm workers aren’t the only people whose lives have been turned upside down by Roundup. A growing number of home gardeners and landscapers have filed lawsuits against Monsanto alleging that Roundup exposure caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
There is an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being exposed to Roundup a minimum of eight hours in a day, according to a 2008 Swedish study published in the International Journal of Cancer.
September 2016 – Backyard Gardener Sues Monsanto, Claims Roundup Exposure Caused Cancer. San Diego native Anthony Harris and his wife filed a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging that Mr. Harris was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup on his home garden for the span of a couple of years.
June 2016 – Woman Claims Using Roundup Around the Home Once Per Week Caused Her to Develop Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Yolanda Mendoza is a mother of three who recently filed a Roundup lawsuit. Mendoza claims that she developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using a Roundup backpack sprayer around her property only once per week.
According to a 2008 study out of Sweden, published in the International Journal of Cancer, exposure to Roundup for as little as one day is associated with an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The study, titled ‘Pesticide Exposure as Risk Factor for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Including Histopathological Subgroup Analysis,’ found a statistically significant link between exposure to glyphosate and cancers like non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Minimum criteria for exposure in the study was only one day, which means that even casual Roundup consumers who use the herbicide in a limited capacity may be putting themselves at serious risk.