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.

Posted on January 31, 2018
Thank you for your question. There are various aspects of your question. I assume your question refers to the use of Agrobacterium rhizogenes by scientists to intentionally transfer genes from the bacterium to plants. Infection and DNA transfer from this bacterium occurs in nature all the time to cause disease. Such transformed plants are not classified as GMOs since transfer occurred naturally. If this is done by scientists then it would be classified as a GMO. Rules and... Read More
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Posted on March 1, 2018
I’m a Monsanto scientist who has more than 20 years of experience with genetic modification of plants. I will try to answer your question, even though I don’t ever do experiments on animals, certainly not on humans, of course! Can humans be genetically modified…but a much bigger question is should humans be genetically modified? There are two ways to think about genetic modification of humans (or any animal). One way is modification of somatic cells, and the other is the... Read More
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Posted on May 10, 2017
The simple answer is that 20+ years of composition assessments of GMO crops have demonstrated that crop composition is not appreciably affected by the GM process (1). In addition, data collected through that time have indicated that general factors such as the growth environment can contribute to notable variation in component levels (2). Plant agglutinins (or lectins) and amylase inhibitors are examples of anti-nutritional compounds that may be present in crops. The relevance of such a... Read More