No other chemical in modern agriculture has attracted as much scrutiny and criticism as glyphosate. The herbicide–widely sold generically but also under the trade name of Roundup, and originally patented by Monsanto–has been used in home gardens and by farmers for decades. It has played a key role in the evolution of the genetically engineered seeds that dominate many of the world’s most important crops, including corn, soybeans and cotton. At the same time, it has been linked in some studies that scientists say are of debatable merit to an array of human health disorders, including autism and cancer.
When the European Chemicals Agency announced that its review of the research finds that glyphosate is not a carcinogen, it marked yet another important scientific victory for this favored target of anti-GMO forces. See more