Glyphosate no longer needs an introduction. The famous weed killer Monsanto began producing in 1974 under the name of “Roundup” has now fallen into the public domain. Since March 2015, the product has been classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Monsanto has been disputing the danger of glyphosate for years, producing studies, expert testimony and counter arguments in favor of their product. There’s even been suspicion that the corporation paid researchers and possibly the EPA itself to make false claims in support of the product.
Roundup, the most widely used weed killer in the world. (Source: Mike Mozart/Flickr)But Monsanto seems to have finally been caught red handed, as the New York Times reports that new evidence has come into play. On Tuesday, a federal court released the “Monsanto Papers” – 250 pages of internal correspondence proving explicitly that Monsanto was aware of the toxicity of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, the most widely used weed killer in the world.