Carcinogenic chemicals are labeled with a health hazard warning symbol.
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The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer convenes a panel of scientific experts to review available evidence on whether specific chemicals or occupational exposures may cause cancer.
Soybean plants on an Arkansas farm. Those at left show signs of damage from dicamba; others at right were planted later in the season.
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Farmers are stuck in a chemical war against weeds, which have developed resistance to many widely used herbicides. Seed companies’ answer – using more varied herbicides – is causing new problems.
Containers of the herbicide glyphosate at a farm supply store in northeast Thailand in 2019.
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Roundup may be taking a beating in the US, where three juries have concluded that it gave plaintiffs cancer, but it’s still widely used around the globe.
Research out of the US tested different varieties of beer and wine for the presence of glyphosate – but there’s lots to consider when interpreting the findings.
The amount of alcohol you’d have to drink before glyphosate posed even a negligible risk would harm you well before the glyphosate would.
Two driverless tractors spray vines in a Texas vineyard. Each one is controlled from a single command station (2012).
Digital innovations have the potential to empower farmers and revolutionise agriculture, but many could also lock them in to unsustainable methods.
Roundup is the most common weed killer used worldwide.
A US court recently ruled the weed killer Roundup contributed to a former gardener’s cancer. Juries don’t decide science. The weight of evidence shows Roundup has little association with cancer.
Activists protest against the acquisition of the U.S. agrochemical company Monsanto by the German Bayer company in Bonn, Germany, Friday, May 25, 2018.
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Bayer, the new owner of Monsanto, will need to up its PR efforts, in the wake of last week’s legal ruling on glyphosate weedkillers.
Glyphosate, sold as Roundup, is one of Europe’s most common weedkillers.
The weedkiller glyphosate has previously been linked to cancer, and now Europe’s citizens want to see it banned.
Gardening in Australia requires, to varying degrees depending where in the country you are, pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers.
When working with garden chemicals, always make sure you are wearing gloves. Apply sprays and dusts downwind and wear goggles if necessary. Always follow the directions.
Roundup, or the chemical glyphosate, is a very common herbicide used to kill weeds.
The World Health Organization classifies the common herbicide glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”. But this doesn’t mean using it to kill weeds in playgrounds will hurt children.
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