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segunda-feira, 20 de novembro de 2017

WHO agency isolated in glyphosate fight

Monday, 20 November 2017
AGRIFOOD WEEKLY

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon.
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Earlier this month, a new report was published, which made it clear that glyphosate “was not statistically significantly associated with cancer at any site”.

The Reuters news agency reported that the research was part of a large and important project known as the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), which has been tracking the health of tens of thousands of agricultural workers, farmers and their families in Iowa and North Carolina.

Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), the study found there was no association between glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s popular herbicide RoundUp, “and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall, including non-Hogkin Lymphoma (NHL) and its subtypes”.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have approved the chemical, claiming it is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet”. The same opinion was shared by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as well as the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
 
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