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Glyphosate use rises and you need to be careful how you test for it

According to polls, the No. 1 reason people choose organic food is to avoid pesticide exposure. Not only do these chemicals threaten the environment, but they also pose a very clear and direct risk to human health.  Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide — identified as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015 — is the most heavily used agricultural chemical in history.  A 2016 study5 published in Environmental Sciences Europe revealed use of glyphosate rose nearly fifteenfold between 1996 (when Roundup Ready crops were introduced) and 2014. Between 1974 and 2014, 1.8 million tons of glyphosate were applied to U.S. fields. The global total for that timeframe was 9.4 million tons.  Mounting evidence shows the weed killer is nowhere near as effective as it used to be, thanks to mounting resistance, and there are more than 13,000 pending lawsuits6 charging Monsanto's (now Bayer's) herbicide Roundup caused the plaintiffs' Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Read more...

 

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