If the biotech giant Monsanto wasn’t pleased when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the main ingredient in their best-selling herbicide Roundup, glyphosate, to be “probably carcinogenic”, they definitely won’t be content with the latest news.
After investigating and evaluating the insecticides gamma-hexachlorocyclohexane (lindane) and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and the herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), all widely used agricultural chemicals since before WWII, the World Health Organization’s specialized agency dedicated to cancer research found all three chemicals to be carcinogenic.
At present, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is comprised of 26 experts from 13 countries. Not only did their recent report determine all three herbicides to be deadly, but they told the world specifically what cancers each were most likely to cause or contribute to:
Lindane – Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL).
DDT – Liver, Breast, and Testicular Cancer, as well as a suppressed immune system.
2, 4-D – While the warnings for this herbicide were less alarming, the researchers still called 2 ,4,-D, possibly carcinogenic. They also reported that it caused oxidative stress as well as a suppressed immune response, which are both known health conditions that support the development of cancer.
The Lancet Reports:
“In June, 2015, 26 experts from 13 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC; Lyon, France) to assess the carcinogenicity of the insecticides lindane and 1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(4-chlorophenyl)ethane (DDT), and the herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D).…The insecticide lindane was classified as “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1)…The insecticide DDT was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A).”
No doubt the backlash from these declarations will be fierce, but there will also be a positive uprising of activists who have waited a long time for such news to surface and be realized as truth.
And let’s not forget: when the WHO announced glyphosate to be “probably carcinogenic”, a number of countries and companies banned it from being sold, used, or imported. Who knows what impact this will have on Monsanto financially.
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