A newly published study adds to the ever-growing pile of evidence in support of the cancer-causing potential of the weedkiller active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate herbicides like Roundup are used on over 85% of genetically modified crops.
The new study shows that a very low concentration of glyphosate (in the parts per trillion range and thus environmentally relevant for everyone) can trigger breast cancer when combined with another risk factor.
The statistics are bleak: About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. This year, 41,760 women will die from it.
Meanwhile, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drags its feet, and Monsanto’s parent company continues to insist that glyphosate is safe, glyphosate remains the most widely used herbicide in the world—9.4 million tons of it were dumped on fields and lawns and parks in 2016 alone.
Because well, you know, corporate profits—the market for glyphosate is predicted to reach $12.54 billion by 2024.