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02/20/2019 / By Tracey Watson
Natural News has been warning for years that glyphosate – the primary ingredient in Roundup, the world’s most widely used weed killer – causes cancer. Though studies were published in peer-reviewed journals confirming this link, Monsanto was able to use its massive political clout and almost bottomless funds to tear these studies apart and have them refuted.
Slowly but surely, however, the tide has been turning. The first blow fell when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced its findings that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” (cancer-causing) in humans, particularly with regard to a type of cancer known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Though Monsanto’s friends in the mainstream media immediately tried to attack these findings, the scientists involved are simply too respected in their field to be ignored.
Next, the IARC findings opened the floodgates of litigation, and thousands of people who believe their health was harmed by exposure to glyphosate filed lawsuits against the agri giant. And then Dewayne Johnson won his case against Monsanto and was awarded millions in compensation.
Suddenly, with legal precedent set and the mainstream media no longer protecting Monsanto, scientific studies are once again being published confirming the dangerous link between glyphosate and cancer. One such study, published this month in the journal Mutation Research /Reviews in Mutation Research, found that high exposure to glyphosate is linked to an alarming 41 percent increase in the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
As reported by The Guardian, the study’s authors concluded that there is “a compelling link” between long-term glyphosate exposure and the development of NHL. And the jurors in the Dewayne Johnson trial found that Monsanto was well aware of this link but did everything in its power to hide the facts.
Their aggressive political lobbying clearly affected the policies of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has continued to stubbornly insist that there are “no other meaningful risks to human health” as long as glyphosate users follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
The agency’s credibility is severely weakened by the latest findings, especially considering that three of the five authors were previously chosen to be part of an EPA scientific advisory panel on the dangers of glyphosate.
Co-author, Professor Lianne Sheppard of the University of Washington, was one of these advisors and was part of a group of scientists who warned the EPA that it had failed to follow the proper scientific protocols in reaching its conclusions about glyphosate’s supposed safety.
“It was wrong,” Sheppard told The Guardian. “It was pretty obvious they didn’t follow their own rules. Is there evidence that it is carcinogenic? The answer is yes.”
While the study’s authors stress that their findings only relate to high glyphosate exposures, they fail to mention that we all experience those levels of exposure simply because of how pervasive glyphosate is in our food supply.
Eco Watch reported back in 2016 that independent studies had confirmed “alarming levels” of glyphosate in many popular American foods:
According to the report, the herbicide residues were found in cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals and chips commonly consumed by children and adults. The testing was completed at Anresco, a U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) registered lab and used liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), a method widely considered by the scientific community and regulators as the most reliable for analyzing glyphosate residues.
“Frankly, such a high level of glyphosate contamination found in Cheerios, Doritos, Oreos and Stacy’s Pita Chips are alarming and should be a wake-up call for any parent trying to feed their children safe, healthy and non-toxic food,” Dave Murphy, executive director of Food Democracy Now!,” warned. (Related: Learn more at Glyphosate.news.)
With the glyphosate/cancer link now firmly established it is imperative to source foods, healthcare products and supplements that are glyphosate-free. The Health Ranger store is officially the only retailer that can confirm that its entire range of products has been certified as having “zero detectable” glyphosate levels.
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