Glyphosate Isn’t Giving You Cancer

Why RoundUp is probably fine for your health

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Pictured: Glyphosate, probably Source: Pexels
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Pictured: grapes. Also, probably some glyphosate Source: Pexels

Scientific Safety

The first thing we always check is whether something is acutely harmful. This means that we want to know whether it will cause problems in the short term.

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Pictured: Scary Source: Pexels

Chronically Safe

For chronic exposure, we often first look at rodent studies to see whether there’s an issue. This is because it’s unethical and impossible to expose people to potentially hazardous substances for their entire lives, so we do it to rats instead.

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Sorry buddy Source: Pexels

The Real Deal

As I said, there has been quite a lot of research into glyphosate in people. Numerous trials have looked at whether it is related to a whole slew of cancers.

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Pictured: Better for evidence than rats Source: Pexels

International Cancer Concerns

So why are so many people concerned that glyphosate might give them cancer?

Bottom Line

Ultimately, the evidence is clear: glyphosate doesn’t cause most cancers. People who use glyphosate every day for most of their lives might be at an increased risk of a single, rare, type of cancer, but even this hasn’t been well demonstrated. If you’re a farmer spraying glyphosate daily, it’s possible that there’s an increased risk of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but even then the absolute risk only increases by about 0.5%.

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