Does The Herbicide RoundUp® Cause Cancer?
Forbes | By Steven Salzberg
(Quick answer: probably not. See my update at the bottom of this post.)
For many years, environmental activists have been concerned about the herbicide glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in RoundUp®, the world’s most widely-used weed killer. Since 1996, global usage of glyphosate has increased 15-fold, in part due to the widespread cultivation of “RoundUp Ready” crops, which are genetically modified to be resistant to RoundUp®. This allows farmers to use the herbicide freely, killing undesirable weeds without harming their crops.
RoundUp®’s manufacturer, Monsanto, has long claimed that glyphosate is safe, and they point to hundreds of studies that support their argument.