MDH: Glyphosate not cancerous, but no consensus

- After evaluating the active ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp, glyphosate, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has concluded it is not cancer-causing, but also acknowledged there is no scientific consensus.  

The new report establishes a standard for glyphosate at 500 parts per billion. In 2016, the highest level of glyphosate ever detected in Minnesota in surface water was only 43 parts per billion.  

“MDH does not consider glyphosate to be carcinogenic at levels people are likely to be exposed to in the environment,” the report said.  The report later adds that, “New information continues to emerge and scientific consensus has not yet been established.”

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The controversy surrounding glyphosate emerged two years ago when the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Association for Cancer Research (IARC) convened a panel of 11 scientists to review glyphosate. They concluded it was a “probable human carcinogen” based on “limited evidence in humans” and “sufficient evidence in experimental animals.”  

The EPA does not consider glyphosate to be a carcinogen.  

More than 3,000 farmers in the United States are suing Monsanto, the company that makes RoundUp, saying exposure to the chemical gave them Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and other cancers. The Fox 9 Investigators looked into the controversy over RoundUp.

Monsanto contends that more than 400 peer reviewed studies show glyphosate and RoundUp are safe for farmers and consumers.  
 

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