Monsanto's Roundup increases the risk of some cancers in high-risk people by 41%, according to a study by former EPA advisers that could influence a new wave of lawsuits against the company.
Exposure to glyphosate herbicides such as Roundup significantly increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, says new review of studies, adding to growing evidence against Monsanto's famous weed killer , which now belongs to Bayer. The meta-analysis, published in Research on mutation, analyzed the results of six previous studies to find individuals highly exposed to the herbicide who were 41% more likely to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma than those who were not exposed.
"This article shows more clearly than previous meta-analyzes that there is evidence of an increased risk of NHL due to glyphosate exposure," said Lianne Sheppard, co-author of the study and professor at the University of Washington. "From the point of view of the health of the population, there are real concerns. "
Former US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scientific Advisor on Glyphosate, Sheppard criticized the environmental agency fordo not follow their own rules"When evaluating the herbicide when an advisory committee met in 2016 to determine its safety after the publication of several articles on the carcinogenicity of Roundup. Two other authors of the study also sat on this panel, which Bayer always cites as proof that their product is safe. The EPA is currently reviewing the study.
The researchers focused on the most at-risk groups, they said, because if Roundup was not carcinogenic, as Bayer-Monsanto argues, even a high degree of exposure should not increase the risk of cancer. They included a 2018 study already used by Monsanto refute the Roundup-cancer link – but which confirms it among the cases of high exposure.
"Together, all meta-analyzes conducted to date, including our own, consistently report the same key finding: Glyphosate herbicide exposure is associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma., Wrote the authors.
Bayer rejected the new study:statistical manipulation"Contradict"the vast body of science, 40 years of real experience and the conclusions of regulators. "
After a landmark court ruling in August, the conglomerate of agrochemicals was forced to pay $ 78 million for "acting with mischief"To conceal the carcinogenic risk of its product, leading to the cancer of a gardener in California, Bayer-Monsanto faces more than 9,300 additional lawsuits from people with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma who think Roundup was responsible, the next case starts later this month.
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