Glyphosate has been classified as a probable human carcinogen by the state of California and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization (WHO). However, U.S. and European regulators have continued to allow its widespread use in agriculture, despite concerns raised by scientists and anti-pesticide activists.

Just last week, a team of U.S. and European researchers released a new study on the likely dangers of glyphosate that, as Common Dreams reported, bolsters “persistent concerns about the pesticide’s impact on sexual development, genotoxicity, and intestinal bacteria, even when exposure is limited to a level currently considered ‘safe’ by U.S. regulators.”

Monsanto has continuously denied all allegations and scientific findings that glyphosate is carcinogenic. A trove of internal records released last year raised serious concerns about the company’s efforts to influence news coverage and scientific studies on the chemical.

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The Guardian noted that “some 4,000 plaintiffs have sued Monsanto alleging exposure to Roundup caused them, or their loved ones, to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma,” and “another case is scheduled for trial in October, in Monsanto’s home town of St. Louis, Missouri.”

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