The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced test results that found glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weed-killers, present in urine samples from about 80 percent of Americans, including one-third of the participants from six to 18.
The survey took urine samples from 2,310 individuals who represented the population at large and found traces of the chemical in 1,885 samples.
“Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the country, yet until now we had very little data on exposure,” Alexis Temkin, a toxicologist at the Environmental Working Group, said in a statement, according to CBS News. “Children in the U.S. are regularly exposed to this cancer-causing weedkiller through the food they eat virtually every day.”
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Roundup Health Risks
The report said glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, which is owned by the German company Bayer. The company is having a banner year in 2022 due to the increase in demand by countries for pesticides since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Bayer acquired Roundup from Monsanto for $63 billion in 2018.
The claim that glyphosate is a direct link to cancer has been challenged in court. President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency claimed in 2020 that the chemical does not pose a health risk and is “not likely” to cause cancer in people. A federal court in California told the agency that it needs to reexamine its findings.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said the chemical is “probably carcinogenic,” and Bayer is facing thousands of lawsuits claiming Roundup causes cancer. Bayer says, under CDC guidelines, the product is safe and has called on the Supreme Court to end the lawsuits.
Lianne Sheppard, study co-author and professor at the University of Washington’s department of environmental and occupational health sciences, said in a statement that she expects most people to find it “disturbing” that they have traces of the active chemical of weed-killers in their urine.
“Many people will be thinking about whether that includes them,” she said.
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has reported on the health risks that can be found in everyday products most people would not think twice to use. (See “EPA LOWERS WHAT IT CONSIDERS TO BE SAFE LEVELS OF ‘FOREVER CHEMICALS’ IN DRINKING WATER,” “HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS COULD DEVELOP LIVER DISEASE DUE TO ‘FOREVER CHEMICALS’ FOUND IN NON-STICK PANS, TAKEOUT CONTAINERS” and “EPA ‘PROTECTION’: A JOKER’S JOKE.”)