The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that the common herbicide glyphosate—known commercially as the main ingredient in Roundup—doesn't cause cancer... but will that convince the chemical nay-sayers?
At NPR, Dan Charles writes that glyphosate has long considered one of the mildest and safest chemicals used to control weed growth,so it was a surprise when the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a statement suggesting the common chemical had the potential to cause cancer. That announcement caused a stir among farmers and consumers who feared for the future of the widely used chemical and their crops.
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However, since the IARC's initial reports last year, multiple international organizations have discredited the idea that glyphosate could be carcinogenic. The European Food Safety Agency and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization have both recently announced that their experts have concluded that Roundup is not likely to cause cancer. Now, the EPA has also issued an in-depth report on the pesticide, titled "Glyphosate Issue Paper: Evaluation of Carcinogenic Potential," which determines that it is unlikely that the chemical causes cancer in humans.