Hi friends! Today on the blog we are chatting about glyphosate. Glyphosate is a widely-used pesticide that has recently been in the news as Monsanto (Bayer) is facing lawsuits that claim glyphosate has caused cancer. Today we are going to discuss what glyphosate is, and what is known about its safety. I hope you are as excited as I am to explore this intersection of environmental health science and food and nutrition!
If you are interested in reading more about pesticides, I have a whole blog post about chlorpyrifos here. And you can learn more about the benefits and limitations of organic farming in this post. Furthermore, I have a review of existing evidence on GMOs and their safety here.
What is glyphosate?
Glyphosate is a widely used herbicide (pesticide). It has been registered as a pesticide in the US since 1974 and is used to control weeds and grasses in commercial, agricultural, and residential settings. It plays a role in food production, including the control of pests in the production of fruits, vegetables, nuts, corn, soybeans, leafy greens, cereal grains, herbs and spices, sugar, and oilseed crops, among others. It’s also used in parks, pastures, turf grasses, etc.
Glyphosate is used in products such as RoundUp and is available for consumer purchase for at-home applications.
Glyphosate has been subject to controversy. It was introduced by Monsanto (now Bayer), which subsequently developed genetically modified crops that were designed to withstand the pesticide. Many people questioned the motives behind these innovations.
How are people exposed to glyphosate?
The general population may be exposed by skin contact to products or soils that contain chemical residue. People may also be exposed to glyphosate at work, especially if they work in lawn servicing or agriculture.
And, as a result of its widespread use, glyphosate is present in a wide variety of foods at low levels, so many people are exposed to glyphosate via food.…