A commonly used weedkiller linked to cancer is appearing in more than 80% of urine samples from kids and adults in the U.S., according to a study.
‘Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the country, yet until now we had very little data on exposure,’ Alexis Temkin, toxicologist at the Environmental Working Group, said in a statement. ‘Children in the U.S. are regularly exposed to this cancer-causing weedkiller through the food they eat virtually every day.’
The survey found glyphosate in 1,885 of 2,310 urine samples from participants that supposedly represented the U.S. population. Participants aged between six to 18 made up a third of the samples.
Temkin cited the CDC study while also acknowledging that glyphosate is an active chemical in the weedkiller, Bayer’s Roundup.
The German drug and pesticide owned by the company Bayer has been contentiously circulating over the past few years, labeled as a product that causes cancer.
Bayer was subjected to pay $10.9 billion in 2020 to settle thousands of US lawsuits claiming Roundup causes cancer.
At the time, Bayer had come to terms with about 75 percent of the 125,000 filed and unfiled claims. Under the agreement, the company agreed to pay $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to resolve the litigation, including an allowance to cover unresolved claims. Bayer’s further agreed to pay $1.25 billion for future litigation.
The litigation was supposed by the main ingredient of Roundup, glyphosate.
The original maker of Roundup, Monsanto, introduced the product in 1974 as a way of killing weeds while ensuring plants and crops flourished.
Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018 in a $63 billion deal.
In March 2015, the World Health Organization found that the herbicide was ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’.
Then, in 2017, California named glyphosate, an ingredient that causes cancer under the state’s Proposition 65, which requires Roundup to carry a warning label if sold in California.
But, in April 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reaffirmed that glyphosate does not cause cancer.