The UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has proclaimed that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is a carcinogenic. In light of that recent discovery and proclamation, the French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal, has banned the sales of the weed-killing product in France.
But using the product may cause cancer in humans according to Fashion Style. Trading a weed-free landscape for cancer is not a good thing.
The French consumer organization known as CLCV has requested that all gardening products that contain glyphosate no longer be made available to non-professional gardeners and landscapers.
Studies conducted over the past 15 years in the United States, Canada and Sweden have shown that exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Glyphosate was first made available for sale to the public under the brand name Roundup in the early 1970s. Since then, it has been manufactured and sold to the public under a variety of generic names and is a very hot-selling item during the summer growing season.