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Glyphosate - EPA and IARC Opposing Conclusions

How did the EPA and the IARC reach diametrically opposed conclusions on the genotoxicity of glyphosate-based herbicides?

Have you been wondering why many farmers, scientists, and regulatory agencies are claiming that glyphosate is safe? Are you confused as to why our EPA says that they have the science to show that glyphosate is not a carcinogen, but the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) has found that it is a carcinogen?

Scientist Charles Benbrook has combed through the studies analyzed by both agencies and has found out exactly why they came to their decisions. The EPA has been selective in choosing studies.

EPA cited 109 total assays not included in the IARC report, 87% of which were regulatory studies commissioned by industry, and all but one was negative for genotoxicity.

IARC included the results from 67 assays not included in EPA’s analysis, all of which were from peer-reviewed publications, and 82% of which had at least one positive result for genotoxicity.

In genetics, genotoxicity describes the property of chemical agents that damage the genetic information within a cell causing mutations, which may lead to cancer. While genotoxicity is often confused with mutagenicity, all mutagens are genotoxic, whereas not all genotoxic substances are mutagenic.

Read the full paper by Charles Benbrook here.


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