Corn growers group's chief: No evidence glyphosate carcinogenic

Responding to the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) recent effort to reclassify glyphosate as a potential carcinogen, National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling said on Monday that there is no scientific evidence showing that the herbicide causes cancer.

“The movement to reclassify glyphosate as a class 2A probable carcinogen ignores the findings of more than four decades of credible scientific research,” Bowling said “In doing so, this decision creates unnecessary fear and confusion over the proven safety record of this important agricultural tool.”

“It is irresponsible to reclassify glyphosate in such a capricious manner as this decision both creates panic and has the potential to impact access to one of farmers’ main methods of combating weeds,” Bowling said. “While glyphosate is one of the most studied, trusted crop-protection products available today, it is under political attack currently, and it is possible this impacted IARC’s decision.”

Bowling wants the IARC, which is part of the World Health Organization, to share the scientific studies on which it based its decision.

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