Glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) like Roundup have been in use since the 1970’s and until recently, thought to pose little health risk to humans. Unfortunately, this may no longer be the case. In a 2015 study from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, the researchers concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans” which resulted in the re-classification of GBH’s to Group 2A by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The justification for this conclusion was based on convincing evidence from case-control studies of occupational exposure in humans as well as animal studies which disturbingly reported increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans and several cancer types in rodents. To make matters worse, use of GBHs is increasing at an alarming rate due to the emergence of genetically engineered (GE), glyphosate-tolerant crops in which farmers use copious amounts of the broad spectrum herbicide to control weeds. Moreover, the herbicide is also emerging in conventional crops to expedite harvesting operations (a so-called “green burndown” use).
In 2007 alone, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported GBHs use at 180-185 million pounds and projecting that by 2009, 53.5% of all agricultural herbicide use will be glyphosate based – a massive increase from just 3.8% in 1996. With little human toxicology data available and a continual trend of increased use, we face a grim possibly of future health problems including Parkinson disease, infertility, endocrine disorders, as well as cancers for many people worldwide.
Fortunately, ANP Health provides several tools for screening your foods for the presence of glyphosate. Routine testing with the NIDS® rapid test kits can provide families with peace of mind, knowing their foods are safe to consume.