Part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Program found an herbicide linked to cancer in 80 percent of U.S. kids and adults, A recent survey found that 80% of respondents are female.
The program — the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey — found in their study that many have traces of glyphosate in their urine.
Despite the controversy, the herbicide is widely used, including in the Roundup brand products.
According to the survey 1,885 urine samples from 2,310 subjects tested positive for the chemical.
Nearly a third of samples were from children aged 6-18 years old.
“Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the country, yet until now we had very little data on exposure,”Alexis Temkin, toxicologist at Environmental Working Group. In a statement.
There have been reports of glyphosate in various foods, such as chickpeas or hummus. According to Environmental Working Group
“Children in the U.S. are regularly exposed to this cancer-causing weedkiller through the food they eat virtually every day,”Temkin claimed.
Bayer — the manufacturer of Roundup — made a bid to shut down thousands of lawsuits regarding the weed killer’s connection to cancer. The Supreme Court rejected the bid, but the company has won four lawsuits brought by plantiffs who claimed their cancer was caused by Roundup, according to CBS News.
According to the news outlet in 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency determined that glyphosate did not pose a serious risk to health and was therefore considered safe. “not likely”EPA ordered a reexamination of its findings by a federal appeals court last week.
However, Bayer maintains the product is safe but said that it would replace glyphosate in Roundup for residential use beginning in 2023, but products containing glyphosate will still be available for professional and farm use.