Question of the Week
Each week, we will answer a question from our readers regarding our operations and community outreach here in Puerto Rico. Do you have a question? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does glyphosate cause cancer?
A large long-term study on the use of the weed killer glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer.
This study was published by the the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) in November 2017. The study found there was no association between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular herbicide RoundUp, and cancer.
The research is part of a large and important project known as the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), which has been tracking the health of tens of thousands of agricultural workers, farmers and their families in Iowa and North Carolina.
Since the early 1990s, it has gathered and analyzed detailed information on the health of participants and their families, and their use of pesticides, including glyphosate.