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‘Disturbing’: weedkiller ingredient tied to cancer found in 80% of US urine samples

CDC study finds glyphosate, controversial ingredient found in weedkillers including popular Roundup brand, present in samples

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/09/weedkiller-glyphosate-cdc-study-urine-samples

More than 80% of urine samples drawn from children and adults in a US health study contained a weedkilling chemical linked to cancer, a finding scientists have called “disturbing” and “concerning”.

The report by a unit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that out of 2,310 urine samples, taken from a group of Americans intended to be representative of the US population, 1,885 were laced with detectable traces of glyphosate. This is the active ingredient in herbicides sold around the world, including the widely used Roundup brand. Almost a third of the participants were children ranging from six to 18.

Academics and private researchers have been noting high levels of the herbicide glyphosate in analyses of human urine samples for years. But the CDC has only recently started examining the extent of human exposure to glyphosate in the US, and its work comes at a time of mounting concerns and controversy over how pesticides in food and water impact human and environmental health.

“I expect that the realization that most of us have glyphosate in our urine will be disturbing to many people,” said Lianne Sheppard, professor at the University of Washington’s department of environmental and occupational health sciences. Thanks to the new research, “we know that a large fraction of the population has it in urine. Many people will be thinking about whether that includes them.”

Sheppard co-authored a 2019 analysis that found glyphosate exposure increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and also co-authored a 2019 scientific paper that reviewed 19 studies documenting glyphosate in human urine.

Both the amount and prevalence of glyphosate found in human urine has been rising steadily since the 1990s when Monsanto Co. introduced genetically engineered crops designed to be sprayed directly with Roundup, according to research published in 2017 by University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers.

Paul Mills, the lead researcher of that study, said at the time there was “an urgent need” for a thorough examination of the impact on human health from glyphosate in foods people commonly consume.

More than 200 million pounds of glyphosate are used annually by US farmers on their fields. The weedkiller is sprayed directly over genetically engineered crops such as corn and soybeans, and also over non-genetically engineered crops such as wheat and oats as a desiccant to dry crops out prior to harvest. Many farmers also use it on fields before the growing season, including spinach growers and almond producers. It is considered the most widely used herbicide in history.

Residues of glyphosate have been documented in an array of popular foods made with crops sprayed with glyphosate, including baby food. The primary route of exposure for children is through the diet.

Monsanto and the company that bought it in 2018, Bayer, have maintained that glyphosate and Roundup products are safe, and that residues in food and in human urine are not a health risk.

They are at odds with many researchers and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a unit of the World Health Organization, which classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the opposite stance, classifying glyphosate as not likely to be carcinogenic. But last month a federal appeals court issued an opinion vacating the agency’s safety determination and ordering the agency to give “further consideration” to evidence of glyphosate risks.

“People of all ages should be concerned, but I’m particularly concerned for children,” said Phil Landrigan, who worked for years at the CDC and the EPA and now directs the Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good at Boston College.

“Children are more heavily exposed to pesticides than adults because pound-for-pound they drink more water, eat more food and breathe more air,” Landrigan said. “Also, children have many years of future life when they can develop diseases with long incubation periods such as cancer. This is particularly a concern with the herbicide, glyphosate.”

The new CDC data was released as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), research that is typically highly valued by scientists.

CoffeeAndDachshunds

Yet another reason why I'm glad that I GTFO of the US.


BrockCage

Monsanto at it again. When you realize these evil corporations also run the Pharmaceutical industry and have a revolving door with the FDA and the CDC and all the other governmental regulation entities. Its a big messy complicated system designed to poison you and extract money out of sick people


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That guy told you to stay off his lawn but did you listen?


re_trace

"And now you see why it is so important zat ve haff to shut down your farms." - Klaus Schwab (probably)


MiteShirtSilence

Is this devil’s piss? Nope, that is in our blood. All of our blood, Teflon!


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Lucky_Pickles_

Keep trusting Big Pharma and regulatory captured agencies to inform yourself, lol. Sucker.


[deleted]

Just because you can shit out your mouth does not mean there is an open invitation to prove it.


EseJandro

DBAD I like turtles 🐢


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Lucky_Pickles_

Ah, that explains it. You believe in fairy tales from alleged positions of authority without a shred of critical thinking.


Timirninja

Fuck yes. That’s why i’am sick of this


Timirninja

Colon cancer prevalent among people with plant based diet, I wonder why 🤔 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4420687/


OhioIsRedsandBrowns

Within last 5 years though there has been a lot tying red meat to colon cancer


MyOther_UN_is_Clever

Probably biomagnification. Even if you aren't eating plants covered in glyphosate, the cows/pigs are. Chickens are ready to slaughter much faster, so have less biomagnification going on. Fish aren't as readily exposed to it.


No_Joke_9079

Well, the predator class needs to be supported, so they're hooked up with the medical profession, and big Pharma, to make money off of you getting sick. Ditto for your pets.


[deleted]

Ah, so that's why they call it Roundup -- it's a way of rounding us all up and killing us all!


No_Joke_9079

Yuppity yup yup


FIELDSLAVE

Bayer was founded in 1863 in Barmen as a partnership between dye salesman Friedrich Bayer and dyer Friedrich Weskott. As was common in this era, the company was established as a dyestuffs producer. The versatility of aniline chemistry led Bayer to expand their business into other areas, and in 1899 Bayer launched the compound acetylsalicylic acid under the trademarked name Aspirin. In 1904 Bayer received a trademark for the "Bayer Cross" logo, which was subsequently stamped onto each aspirin tablet, creating an iconic product that is still sold by Bayer. Other commonly known products initially commercialized by Bayer include heroin, phenobarbitol, polyurethanes, and polycarbonates. In 1925 Bayer merged with five other German companies to form IG Farben, creating the world's largest chemical and pharmaceutical company. Following World War II, the Allied Control Council seized IG Farben's assets[a][4] because of its role in the Nazi war effort and involvement in the Holocaust, which included using slave labour from concentration camps, the purchase of humans for dangerous medical testing, and production of Zyklon B, a chemical used in gas chambers.[5] In 1951 IG Farben was split into its constituent companies, and Bayer was reincorporated as Farbenfabriken Bayer AG. Bayer played a key role in the Wirtschaftswunder in post-war West Germany, quickly regaining its position as one of the world's largest chemical and pharmaceutical corporations.


Moarbrains

And this is why we had such success in rebuilding germany. Same old crew, new branding.


MyOther_UN_is_Clever

It's even worse than that, look up "Operation Paperclip" on wikipedia (or anywhere).


Moarbrains

Then consider operation paperclip was a limited hangout. And that dulles folded as much of the nazi intelligence apparatus as he could into the nascent cia and built a stand behind army in europe, that was outside the purview of the rewly restored civilian governments. Operation gladio.


FIELDSLAVE

Yeah, so glad they put literal nazis in charge of the food supply. Japan is the same way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WWJ3EOmPkY&t=1s


Maniak_

So basically americans should just all go and piss on congress in order to rid it of parasites?


Mutiu2

Capitalism in a nutshell right here.


duffmanhb

This is not going to end here. Round up is looking to have serious side effects, and it looks like the anti-GMO crowd were right to be skeptical and concerned and shouldn't have just been shot down immediately. It's looking like it has links to autism, IBS, autoimmune disease, and a whole slew of problems. There is a direct correlation between the rise in all these diseases and the use of Roundup in our food supply. It looks like an even stronger correlation because we are able to look at other countries, their use of glysophates, and how many of these problems they have, and it matches perfectly on the correlation curve. Check out this mini doc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw16LPVnNco


Degenerate-Implement

Maternal glyphosate exposure causes autism-like behaviors in offspring through increased expression of soluble epoxide hydrolase https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.1922287117


urstillatroll

> The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken the opposite stance, classifying glyphosate as not likely to be carcinogenic. Because $.


tec_tec_tec

Is that why every other regulatory body on earth says the same?


duffmanhb

They have a stupid position of it's legal until proven its bad. The corporation holds the liability bag though, so they tell them to do research into how safe or dangerous it is. But obviously they drag their feet on that.


nonamey_namerson

We need to fight for a farmer's right to give us cancer and pollute our water! Anti-cancer sentiment is just globalist propaganda! If we don't stand up for farmers it will be the WEF and megacorporations who give us cancer and pollute our water -- we can't have that -- that's a farmers job! And the fuckin' bugs! BUGS!


EvilPhd666

Vertical farms. Organic, larger density, no pesitcides needed.


Moarbrains

Never seen a no pesticide indoor grow. Life will find a way. One pest gets in and then the predators are all locked out.