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Setting the Record Straight About Roundup and Chronic Diseases

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A few reports keep circulating that blame the use of Roundup® branded herbicides, or glyphosate-based pesticides in general, for various chronic diseases. We’d like to set the record straight. We want you to know that consumer and farmer safety is critically important to us; and we’re confident that all of our registered herbicides pose no unreasonable risks when used according to label directions.

Why are we so confident? Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 40-year history of safe use and are supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health, safety and environmental databases ever compiled for a pesticide product.

These sensational health claims have nothing to do with the safety of our products, and everything to do with agendas. A routine regulatory review of the active ingredient in Roundup branded agricultural herbicides – glyphosate – is underway in several countries around the world. This periodic review requires that regulators take a comprehensive look at all safety and toxicology data available for a pesticide.

So why do a small number of recent studies claim to contradict glyphosate’s widely established safety profile? Some research contains unintended errors in testing or analysis. Others are aimed at intentionally playing on public health fears. No matter the intentions, all attempts to establish a connection between glyphosate and chronic diseases such as cancer, infertility, autism, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, heart disease, diabetes, and celiac disease have failed to withstand scientific scrutiny. That’s because comprehensive safety studies conducted over the last 40 years provide a large amount of data that scientists can use to put new claims into context.

Unfortunately, myths don’t need proof in today’s world of click-and-go social sharing. In fact, loose associations with a sense of urgency are the hallmarks of building urban legends. Thus, there are a host of websites dedicated to debunking popular Internet myths, including Beyond the Rows and Snopes.

In the end, as interesting, or alarming, as a single study may be, it’s important to look at the totality of evidence from all scientific literature available. That’s what public health experts and government regulators do. And it’s that totality of evidence that gives us confidence in the safety of all of our products, including glyphosate.

>> Learn more about the proven safety of glyphosate.

>> Learn more from authoritative sources on glyphosate safety.

>> Learn more about the U.S. Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

>> Glyphosate does not cause cancer http://gmoanswers.com/ask/does-glyphosate-cause-cancer

3 Responses to "Setting the Record Straight About Roundup and Chronic Diseases"

  1. What I have been hearing is that glyphosates block the uptake receptors for estrogen and testosterone, making it more difficult for our bodies to regulate the hormones at normal levels. I have also heard the GMO companies who create designer seeds make it mandatory for farmers to use their chemicals for pest control. The addition of these chemicals to their glyphosate resistant crops essentially renders a field unusable for organic crops for at least two years following. This essentially traps any farmer who uses the GMO crops into having to continue with GMO’s or leave whole fields un-planted for years and suffer a loss.


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