The herbicide glyphosate has been used for decades, with increased use paralleling the adoption of genetically engineered crops. The compound has a strong safety record and international regulatory consensus stating no unique health risks when used as directed. However, claims of cancer risk have increased in social media and websites, despite only cursory and/or circumstantial evidence of any actual causality. Juries have supported class-action lawsuits with substantial payouts based on cancer claims. The claims hold no weight if there is no exposure, and anti-glyphosate groups know this. Over the past decade there have been regular reports of finding glyphosate in beer, wine, hair, cereal, crackers and dozens of other products– with the implication that its presence is a cancer risk. However, there are two problems. First, most were performed with methods that could not be used for legitimate detection, and second, levels detected were extremely low, well below any levels that would constitute a health risk. A recent published peer-reviewed scholarly review by a team from an expert team from Bayer CropSciences compiled all of the claims, peer-reviewed and otherwise, and analyzed their methods. The synthesis is that many reports use methods that may not be extended to the specific analysis, they report insufficient results, or have legitimate detection with low amounts found that do not constitute a health risk. Here is a link to the review # COLABRA Talking Biotech is brought to you by Colabra – an R&D platform that brings your lab’s world-changing research together in one shared space. Learn more at https://www.colabra.app/ # TALKING BIOTECH Twitter: https://twitter.com/talkingbiotech Website: https://www.colabra.app/podcasts/talking-biotech/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colabrahq The Talking Biotech podcast is distinct from Dr. Kevin Folta's teaching and research roles at the University of Florida. The views expressed on the show are those of Dr. Folta and his guests, and do not reflect the opinions of the university or Colabra.
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