Glyphosate is “unlikely” to be a carcinogen, says New Zealand poison experts.
Scienstist Dr. Wayne Temple and Michael Beasley, from the National Poisons Centre in New Zealand, performed the comprehensive review of studies related to glyphosate. The review was commissioned by the country’s Environmental Protection Authority. Dr. Temple considered all the studies included in the IARAC assessment, as well as those reviewed by the European Food Safety Authority, the USA EPA, and the World Health Organization. You can read the full assessment here.
The New Zealand researchers join a long list of public science agencies that have come to the same conclusion. Following IARC’s bizarre conclusion that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen, many other agencies have determined the opposite. The European Food Safety Authority, the Intertek Panel, and the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Authority have all concluded that glyphohsate is not likely a carcinogen. Even the World Health Organization has stood in opposition to IARC.
The EPA also released a paper concluding as much, though it was later retracted. However, it appears that there may be some political colluding going on behind the scenes.
The evidence is stacking up that IARC just got it wrong. Perhaps it was pressure from anti-GMO activists, which have demonized the popular herbicide based on its connections to Round-Up Ready crops, that caused the erroneous assement. Or maybe it was a more organized attempt to achieve a particular agenda. In any case, though the damage is already done, having scientists around the world reach the same conclusion over and over again is helpful. I’m confident it will continue.