The ongoing debates over glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup)
What do we know about the carcinogenicity of glyphosate?
The International Agency on Research on Cancer (IARC) said it was “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, the glyphosate herbicide used widely on genetically modified crops, was not happy with this decision and has been doing all it can to cast doubt on that research.
Some of its efforts are documented in this report:
Republicans on the House science committee have repeatedly tried to get IARC to admit its judgment was based on inadequate evidence. The chair of the committee wrote IARC complaining about its report and asking for someone to come and testify about it. IARC declined. In yet another letter the committee said it would stop funding IARC, to which IARC asked that its immunity be respected.
How to understand all this? A lot of money is at stake. In this diagram, HT means herbicide tolerance (e.g., Roundup glyphosate):