Monsanto doesn’t have many fans in the FoodFacts.com community. The corporation forever connected by name to genetically modified crops made resistant to the pesticides they produce is back in the news.
One of the world’s most widely used herbicides – and the most commonly used one in the United States – can “potentially” trigger cancer, based on health chiefs of the United Nations. The WHO (World Health Organization) cancer division has revealed that popular ‘Roundup’, created by Monsanto, contains a toxic ingredient “categorized as potentially carcinogenic to human beings”.
Amateur garden enthusiasts and professional farmers have been advised to “think it thoroughly” about using the most popular herbicide after the report was released in the Lancet Oncology Medical Journal on Friday. The report exposed glyphosate was “categorized as potentially carcinogenic to human beings”.
The report also announced there is “certain evidence” that the carcinogenic ingredient can cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The largest seed company in the world, Monsanto, replied clinical data doesn’t support these conclusions and called the WHO to hold an immediate conference that describe the findings.
The report was published on the official website of IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), the France-based division of WHO. Global regularity affairs’ Vice-President of Monsanto, Philip Miller, said: “We have no idea how the IARC might reach a conclusion with such a dramatic departure from all conclusions reached by supervisory agencies across the world.”
This is certainly not the word to which any company wants their name attached. But let’s face it, the name Monsanto isn’t connected to much that’s good. FoodFacts.com knows that this latest information won’t come as much of a surprise for many consumers. We’re sure we’ll hear more about this one. In the meantime, it’s another nail in a very overdue coffin for the company most famous for bringing us genetically modified seed.