Roundup, the most used weed-killer around the world, has been linked to cancer, lymphoma and leukemia. Persons who use Roundup in their garden, landscaping, yards, or fields face a risk for developing several different forms of cancer. Governments and health organizations around the world have attempted to issue Roundup cancer warnings to raise public awareness and decrease the rate of the use of this dangerous herbicide.

In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a Roundup cancer warning, stating that Roundup is “probably carcinogenic” to humans. This classification was based on evidence from human studies and laboratory animal testing, indicating higher rates of lymphoma, leukemia and other forms of cancer in persons who have been exposed to Roundup. Roundup is the most widely-used herbicide in the world, used by gardeners, landscapers, and farmers alike, in home and commercial settings.

Global Roundup Cancer Warnings

Roundup is still widely marketed and used in the United States, and many Americans may just be learning of the 2015 Roundup cancer warning. Monsanto supports a number of important causes by giving financial grants, so many consumers have been surprised to hear of instances where the company has valued profits over human life. Yet many countries around the globe, have issued Roundup cancer warnings, banning Roundup entirely or restricting the company’s marketing efforts. The following countries and entities have issued various Roundup cancer warnings, and have banned or attempted to ban glyphosate herbicides on the basis of Round cancer research:

  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Bermuda*
  • Brazil
  • Colombia*
  • El Salvador*
  • France*
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Malta*
  • Netherlands*
  • Portugal
  • Sri Lanka*
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • European Union

* Has issued a ban on Roundup in some or all settings.

Roundup Cancer Warnings over Time

Many people wonder why it took until 2015 for a global Roundup cancer warning to be issued. This recent cancer warning was not the first. In fact, in 1985, the EPA classified glyphosate as a possible carcinogen. Through intensive lobbying, Monsanto eventually got the EPA to change its classification in order to remove the Roundup cancer warning.

Confusion over whether Roundup causes cancer may stem from the focus of the early research, which examined glyphosate alone as a potential carcinogen. Researchers now believe it is the interaction of glyphosate with other ingredients in Roundup that result in its lymphoma danger. Roundup is the most common type of herbicide containing glyphosate.

Monsanto Opposes Roundup Cancer Warnings

Critics say the primary reasons for the delay in issuing Roundup cancer warnings to the public is Monsanto’s efforts to oppose such warnings. The company has an established record of funding falsified studies, and have been the subject of FDA and Justice Department investigations. Instances of fraudulent safety testing over the decades has reportedly yielded falsified results that disproved Roundup cancer warnings and supported Monsanto’s assertion that Roundup is safe.

The company has also faced litigation for falsely promoting Roundup’s safety without clear evidence that the product was actually safe. In New York, the Attorney General’s office brought charges of fraud against Monsanto after the company promoted Roundup as “practically non-toxic”. Roundup cancer research shows Roundup in fact increases the risk of cancer in persons who are directly exposed to the substance.

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