Glyphosate Is Genotoxic – It Damages DNA
July 18, 2015
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Speaking today at a scientific briefing in London organized by the Soil Association, Prof Christopher Portier declared: “Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic. There is no doubt in my mind.” Prof. Portier is one of the co-authors of the recent report by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which determined that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen.
Genotoxic means it damages DNA. It is widely believed by regulators that for genotoxic chemicals that are also carcinogenic, as glyphosate appears to be, there is no safe level of exposure.
Dr. Portier is an expert in the design, analysis, and interpretation of environmental health data with a focus on carcinogenicity.
At the briefing, Dr Robin Mesnage of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Kings College in London presented data showing Roundup is 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone.
He said, “Glyphosate is everywhere throughout our food chain – in our food and water. The lack of data on toxicity of glyphosate is not proof of safety and these herbicides cannot be considered safe without proper testing. We know Roundup, the commercial name of glyphosate-based herbicides, contains many other chemicals, which when mixed together are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate on its own.”
A recent European study on city dwellers found that in the UK, 7 out of 10 people had traces of this weedkiller in their urine.