Does glyphosate cause cancer? In a word, no. Or at least, according to the United Nations, it “is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet.” However, since the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen” in March 2015, the myth that glyphosate ‘definitely’ causes cancer has spread further than the controversy over the poor methods of the IARC report. We would just like to point out that the IARC has only just this year retracted its classification of the carcinogenic effect of coffee back in 1991.
There has also been much publicity about tests revealing the presence of glyphosate in people’s urine. Well, we find this a relief as that’s where it should be found, instead of being retained in the body. In any case, the amount of glyphosate ingested would only reach potentially harmful levels if you ate astonishingly vast quantities of food or drank 1,000 litres of beer a day, either of which would certainly do you harm long before the glyphosate would.
There are a lot of scare stories about glyphosate circulating, but according to the current weight of evidence there are no scientific reasons to justify a ban on the use of glyphosate – that’s not our opinion, it’s what the Swiss government decided recently. We fear that the scare-mongers and lobbyists are taking advantage of how easily people can be concerned about chemicals or confused about risk. However, if you’re still worried, please check out Glyphosate Facts.