Coincidentally, that same day, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) recommended a global phase-out of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller. In a statement, FIGO wrote:
"When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically."
Unfortunately, the Precautionary Principle has yet to trump corporate profitmaking.
Meanwhile, Bayer (which bought Monsanto last year) this week said that the number of Roundup-related lawsuits—filed against the company by people who allege that exposure to the weedkiller caused their cancer—is now approximately 18,400.
All the more reason to call out companies like Twinings for misleading consumers about the “naturalness” of products that contain a chemical that the World Health Organization has classified as a “probable human carcinogen.”
People should know what’s in their food—especially when what’s in their food has been linked to a host of human health issues. It's only natural.