QIf Glycophosphate (ROUND UP) is so safe why are there more and more articles by Scientists saying it causes cancer, birth defects and so on?If it is so safe why is it banned in many countries?Do you deny that scientists are saying these things, or are onl

If Glycophosphate (ROUND UP) is so safe why are there more and more articles by Scientists saying it causes cancer, birth defects and so on? If it is so safe why is it banned in many countries? Do you deny that scientists are saying these things, or are only Monsanto scientists smart enough to know it is safe/unsafe?

AExpert Answer

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup branded herbicides, is not banned in any country and is registered in more than 100 countries around the world.

 

Regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and scientific bodies such as the World Health Organization have reviewed numerous studies conducted according to international guidelines and good laboratory practices and concluded that glyphosate does not cause cancer or birth defects. 

 

There have been some publications claiming that glyphosate causes cancer and/or birth defects, however regulators and independent scientists have reviewed those studies and concluded that they don¹t support the claims because the studies were conducted under artificial conditions not relevant to real world exposures or were not designed to appropriately assess the health outcome.

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