A recent article published in The Guardian discusses the toxicity of popular weed-killing products such as Monsanto’s Roundup.US government researchers have uncovered evidence that these formulated products are more toxic to human cells than their active ingredient. Government scientists are taking the first ever tests on herbicide formulations as a part of the US National Toxicology Program (NTP). The NTP tests were required by the EPA after the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015 and highlighted concern for formulations using glyphosate. These tests concluded that glyphostate formulations disrupt cell membranes and altered cell viability. Although the tests do not conclude that these products cause cancer, more tests are necessary to fully understand potential risks.
This article was written by Carey Gilliam; a journalist, author, and a public interest researcher for US Right to Know, a non-profit food industry research group. NOFA-NJ will be discussing her latest novel, Whitewash at our monthly book club on September 11 7pm at Brick Farm Market.