Previously, multiple reviews of the toxicology of glyphosate conclude that it has low toxicity with no cancer risk. However, a recent review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (using the same data) concluded that it is probably carcinogenic to humans. A further small number of studies provided mixed results in highest exposure groups. Conclusions were a “non-statistically significant” result for lymphocytic leukemia or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Another recent study conducted by researchers from Argentina found that glyphosate altered cellular proliferation - or cell growth - and incited structural changes to uterine cells in animal models.
While animal testing is not something that should be condoned, their research nonetheless showcased that exposure to glyphosate resulted in catastrophic changes to uterine development in newborn, female rats.
The World Health Organization has already reported on glyphosate’s potential to cause cancer - a fact that the EPA was aware of nearly thirty years ago. Sustainable Pulse reports that an EPA panel classified glyphosate as a Class C carcinogen in 1985, meaning that there is “suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential.” Of course, all things are subject to change and this classification was changed in 1991 to a Class E, indicating no evidence of carcinogenicity.
(28 July 2016) A review of scientific literature has linked glyphosate, the active chemical in Monsanto’s number one selling herbicide, Roundup, to a range of different diseases through a new mechanism that modifies DNA functioning. The authors of the study found that, “Glyphosate acts as a glycine analogue that incorporates into peptides during protein synthesis. In this process, it alters a number of proteins that depend on conserved glycine for proper function. According to the authors, glyphosate substitution for glycine correlates with several diseases, including diabetes, obesity, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s disease, among others.” If this isn’t enough to prove that the “probably carcinogenic” chemical should be actively avoided in our diet - then we wonder what is?
First, what is done at your local treatment works?
Some, all, or none of these processes may be carried out at your local water works. Processes include chlorination, ozonation, advanced oxidation processes, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis.
Second, what can do if you lack faith in your local works or you have ascertained that their treatment doesn’t do enough?
A good water filter using activated carbon will filter Roundup, and if it’s really, really good it will also filter carcinogenic chlorine and chloramines, plus the very nasty trihalomethanes common in any water where organics and chlorine occur.