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But glyphosate is also used extensively in farming. Monsanto developed “Roundup Ready” crops in the mid-1990s, embedding an engineered gene into a seed that means the resulting plant can survive applications of the weedkiller. Monsanto’s patent expired in 2000, but the technology remains a key driver of its $16bn annual sales.
Monsanto’s well-oiled rebuttal machine has been quick to condemn the IARC report.
Is glyphosate to blame? Is it really carcinogenic? No one can say with certainty. Because long-term human feeding trials would be unethical, the evidence has been mainly limited to studies of agricultural exposures. But other evidence, including from animal studies, led the IARC to its “probably carcinogenic” classification. Glyphosate has been linked to tumours in mice and rats – and there is also what the IARC classifies as “mechanistic evidence”, such as DNA damage to human cells from exposure to glyphosate.
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