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Statement on WHO’s Findings that Monsanto’s Glyphosate Is ‘Probably Carcinogenic’

March 20, 2015

Contact: Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association,, 207.653.3090;

FINLAND, Minn.—A new report published today in the journal Lancet Oncology says Monsanto’s Roundup is a “probable carcinogen.”

The report originated from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Organic Consumers Association issued the following statement by Ronnie Cummins, international director.

“This latest finding, which links Monsanto’s Roundup to non-Hodgkins lymphoma and lung cancer is not the first to make these links, but it is one of the strongest indictments of glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.

Monsanto has already rushed to attack this science, as they have attacked every credible independent scientist in the past. At what point will U.S. regulators start believing the scientists, instead of pandering to Monsanto?

Glyphosate is up for review this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Now is the time for the EPA to take action and once and for all ban this dangerous chemical that is making people sick, and polluting our environment.

The OCA calls on the U.S. EPA to do its job: Ban glyphosate now."

Roundup is the number one herbicide used in the world. The U.S. Department of Agriculture does not test foods for glyphosate residues because it says it’s “too expensive.”

In 2013, the EPA recently raised the allowed limits of glyphosate residue on fruits and vegetables.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action.