Ninety-three percent of Americans have a probable cancer-causing chemical in their bodies, according to a first-of-its-kind comprehensive project conducted by the University of California.
For the study, researchers collected urine samples on 131 individuals across the country, in both rural and urban environments, and found that the vast majority of their urine samples showed evidence of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup.
The chemical has been widely used in the United States and around the world for more than four decades. Its popularity skyrocketed after Monsanto genetically modified seeds to be resistant to glyphosate, allowing crops to flourish while weeds died away. As a result, crops across the nation are liberally doused with glyphosate-containing herbicides.
Monsanto has continuously assured the public that its herbicides are safe. But studies indicate otherwise. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen based on several independent studies, including ones that have linked exposure to the chemical to an increased risk of cancers like non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine also published a study that linked glyphosate exposure to an increased risk of melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, in farm workers.
Glyphosate-containing pesticides are regularly used by groundskeepers, landscapers, horticulturalists, and even home gardeners. In August 2018, a California jury awarded a school groundskeeper $289 million after finding exposure to Roundup contributed to his terminal cancer diagnosis.