Rounding up cancer patients

Rounding up cancer patients

Photographer: Fastily, used under Creative Commons Licence

Ally Harper, Staff reporter

Roundup could be infamously living up to its name, according to a report on the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) website.

The popular weedkiller, which is sold in Australia, is one of three pesticides found to “probably” be carcinogenic because of the active ingredient glyphosate.

Although the publication notes that “limited evidence” is available to support the claim, prior research conducted in human and animal lab testing is “convincing”.

Numerous health professionals and organisations including osteopathic physician Doctor Joseph Mercola, the ‘Organic Consumers Association’, and nonprofit health and environment protection group ‘Beyond Pesticides’ also suggest that Roundup and other glyphosate pesticides are linked to human ill health effects such as non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and other cancers, reproductive damage, kidney and liver failure, autism and other chronic diseases.

Material Safety Data Sheets on the official Roundup Weedkiller website state that the product’s ingredient composition is “determined not to be hazardous”.