f_corporatism's picture
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?

A:Expert 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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f_corporatism's picture

If GMO's are so safe why are you afraid to have gmo foods labeled and why are you spending millions of dollars on fighting labeling instead of just letting the people choose labeling?

f_corporatism's picture

Do gmo seeds/crops not threaten the extinction of all seeds because it will cross breed and make all seeds gmo?

jtrav21's picture

f_corporatism - simple answer to your question: no, GMO seeds and crops do not threaten the extinction of all seeds. Most plants cannot breed between species and the huge diversity of plants on the planet means that the risk you are describing is not one to be concerned with.

Joanna Gillette's picture

yes I would also like to know why millioms of dollars are being spent on fighting labeling....would love to know the answer .

Community Manager's picture

Thanks @bluebell responses to your question regarding is labeling are posted here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/regardless-whether-or-not-you-believe-gmos-are... and here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/if-you-say-gmo-so-safe-then-why-all-billions-b...

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Danny Bowen's picture

I think it would be fairly simple, even if it is true that millions are spent to prevent labelling. Think about it. If someone had tabbed the name "free" as meaning poison, and death and destruction of all life as we know it and that was free roaming on the internet. Wouldn't you want to keep that title away from your child? Now, we all understand that "free" has a meaning that is actually ok and a good thing. But what if everyone else thought it should be destroyed based off of misinformation. Wouldn't you try to keep that title off of your child and just let your child be actually, free? What if people believed all the misinformation on the internet about things they don't understand, from people that want them to believe what they want them to believe about a thing to "go against the man"?