Popular herbicide may indeed cause cancer, WHO says


The World Health Organization (WHO) just picked a fight with one of the world's top agrochemical giants, Monsanto

A 17-member WHO panel from 11 countries recently met to evaluate the evidence that particular organophosphate herbicides can cause cancer in humans. The panel, from an arm of the WHO known as the International Agency for Research on Cancer, published its findings on March 20 in the journal The Lancet Oncology

The WHO-sponsored review concluded that glyphosate, which is an herbicide widely used by St. Louis-based Monsanto and other companies, is "possibly carcinogenic to humans." The classification came after some studies showed an association between exposure to the herbicide and the incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

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