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Round-Up and Glyphosate Weedkillers May Lead to Cancer in those with Long-term Exposure
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Roundup® is the brand name for glyphosate, a chemical herbicide used to control the growth of weeds has recently been linked to cases of cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Recent scientific studies have called into question the safety of the weed killing chemical Round-up and other glyphosate based products.[i] [ii]The new concerns regarding the safety of these products has the potential to impact health globally. First introduced in 1974, Roundup® is currently one of the most widely used weed control products in the world. According to Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, the product is used worldwide in over 130 countries and is approved for weed control on more than 100 varieties of crops.[iii] Roundup® and other products with glyphosate as the main active ingredients work by disrupting the production of enzymes involved in the production of amino acids. The amino acids are critical in the life cycle of plants, and by blocking the production of the enzyme, the plant or weed loses its viability, slowly wilting away the weeds until they turn brown and die.[iv] According to the National Pesticide Information Center, in addition to Roundup® there are over 750 products that contain glyphosate. These products can come in several forms and can be found in a solid salt-like material or an amber-colored liquid formula and is generally applied in a spray or mist form to the leaves of weeds or other invasive plants.[v] Exposure to glyphosate in humans can occur both during and after the application of the product. Exposure can occur in various ways. It can get into your eyes, it can be inhaled, digested and it can also be absorbed through the skin. Once applied the chemical does not tend to vaporize, thus leaving the possibility for unintended exposure to occur. For example, a child or pet could come into contact with plants that are still wet, or clothing and other such materials that have high levels of residue present. Following such exposure it is possible for the chemical to enter a person’s body without them ever realizing they have come into contact with the chemical.[vi] Those that have been mildly exposed to glyphosate have reported irritation in the eyes, throat, and nasal passage. When ingested the chemical can cause increased saliva, burns in the mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and in extreme cases can cause death. Moreover, Glyphosate, when combined with other chemicals, can cause increased toxicity.[vii] In addition to the cancer-causing effects attributed to Glyphosate, both developmental and reproductive problems have occurred in laboratory studies. These studies found that long-term prolonged exposure to Glyphosate can also impact fetal birth weight and effect fetal skeletal development.[viii] The effects of 4 decades of chemical exposure has taken its toll on the weeds it was meant to destroy and on the bodies of the farmers, foresters and landscapers it was created to assist. In addition, the risk of exposure to the chemical has the potential of reaching not only agriculture workers, but their families as well. If you or someone you love has worked in an industry that places them in contact with Roundup® or any brand of weed killing herbicides containing glyphosate and has developed cancer, or they have spouse or a child that has develop cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma their exposure to the chemical may be linked to their diagnosis. References "Glyphosate General Fact Sheet". National Pesticide Information Center, http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/glyphogen.html. N.p., 2017. Web. 15 Mar. 2017. "History Of Monsanto's Glyphosate Herbicides". Monsanto: Roundup/Glyphosate Background Materials. N.p., 2017. http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/roundup-safety-background-materials.aspx. Web. 15 Mar. 2017. "IARC Monograph on Glyphosate". World Health Organization (WHO): International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph on glyphosate. N.p., 2017. https://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcNews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf. Web. 15 Mar. 2017. Sustainable Pulse. "WHO Publishes Full Probable Human Carcinogen Report On Glyphosate - Sustainable Pulse". Sustainable Pulse. N.p., 2017. http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/07/30/who-publishes-full-probable-human-carcinogen-report-on-glyphosate/#.WMleDG8rJQI Web. 15 Mar. 2017. [i] "IARC Monograph on Glyphosate". World Health Organization (WHO): International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph on glyphosate. N.p., 2017. https://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcNews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf. Web. 15 Mar. 2017. [ii] Sustainable Pulse. "WHO Publishes Full Probable Human Carcinogen Report On Glyphosate - Sustainable Pulse". Sustainable Pulse. N.p., 2017. http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/07/30/who-publishes-full-probable-human-carcinogen-report-on-glyphosate/#.WMleDG8rJQI Web. 15 Mar. 2017. [iii] "History Of Monsanto's Glyphosate Herbicides". Monsanto: Roundup/Glyphosate Background Materials. N.p., 2017. Web. 15 Mar. 2017. http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/roundup-safety-background-materials.aspx [iv] Ibid. [v] "Glyphosate General Fact Sheet". National Pesticide Information Center, http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/glyphogen.html. N.p., 2017. Web. 15 Mar. 2017. [vi] Ibid. [vii] Ibid [viii] Ibid  

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