Monsanto execs challenge study linking glyphosate to cancer

Monsanto fired back Tuesday in response to claims that glyphosate causes cancer. Executives for the Creve Coeur-based seed company were joined by agriculture industry officials and researchers in questioning findings published last week by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization.

IARC said glyphosate, the generic version of Monsanto’s signature Roundup herbicide, was a probable carcinogen and posed a risk to agriculture workers.

Pairing the herbicide with seeds genetically modified to withstand it has been a key to Monsanto’s growth into the world’s largest seed maker.

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