Those exposed to glyphosate – the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up herbicide – likely have twice the risk of developing acute myeloid leukemia (AML), so states a new study released by the peer-reviewed Journal of National Cancer Institute.
The study, titled, Agricultural Health Study (AHS), says that researchers, “found some evidence of a possible association between glyphosate use and AML,” warning that “Given the prevalence of use of this herbicide worldwide, expeditious efforts to replicate these findings are warranted”.
The increase risk of AML was over 2-fold higher in the highest exposed applicators compared with those who were never exposed.
AML is one of the fastest growing types of Leukemia in the world. It has a five-year survival rate of only 27% (see these NIH stats for more details).
Only the confidence rate used within the study warrants the need for further testing. As there were only statistically significant changes at the 95% rate, whereas at the 90% rate, there would have been an undeniable correlation. In other words, the study may not be 95% sure that AML is linked to glyphosate, it may be 90% sure, with only a small concern that the AML rates are raising due to other carcinogenic exposures.
The study failed to identify a link with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), the type of cancer that was found by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to be “probably” caused by glyphosate (IARC 2015), but this cancer was not being tested specifically.
Despite the IARC”s claims that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” which has been re-invigorated by the findings of this study, California’s EPA was unsuccessfully sued by Monsanto for referencing IARC’s cancer classification as the basis for listing glyphosate on California’s list of carcinogens.
Moreover, in a 1985 memo refusing to adhere to Monsanto’s pleas to ignore cancer evidence in rodents treated with glyphosate, Dr. Lacayo wrote, “Our viewpoint is one of protecting the public health when we see suspicious data.” Suspicious? More like unwavering scientific evidence that Monsanto is still selling a cancer-causing herbicide, it knew was cancerous decades ago.
The link was established between multiple cancers and glyphosate more than 36 years ago, to be exact. The evidence was found archived in the Environmental Protection Agency’s files, which they conveniently forgot to share with the public.
As Sustainable Pulse reports as part of its own investigation:
“There were many animal experiments (using rats, mice and dogs) designed to test the acute and chronic toxicity of glyphosate in the period 1978-1986, conducted by laboratories such as Bio/dynamics Inc. for Monsanto and submitted for EPA consideration. Two of these reports relate to a three-generation reproduction study in rats (6) (7), and another is called “A Lifetime Feeding Study of Glyphosate in Rats” (8); but like all the other older studies they were and still are treated as Trade Secrets.”
At what point does a “trade secret” that an herbicide you have developed to be used in conjunction with the genetically modified seeds you have also developed, are egregiously harmful to human health, need to be disclosed?
Hopefully, with pending lawsuits against Monsanto, even more data surrounding the cancer-glyphosate link will be made public in the discovery phase of litigation. More than 280 pending lawsuits are already pending just for the herbicide link to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, with more being filed every day. Now that we have a body of evidence proving a link to acute myeloid leukemia, hopefully people exposed to glyphosate will have recourse. And, just maybe, we’ll see the end of this treacherous company once and for all.
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