The public health agency revealed this shocking finding in its National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), which stated that glyphosate was detected in 1,885 of 2,310 urine samples taken from Americans six years old and up. The June 30 NHANES report added that the amount of glyphosate in the urine samples were at detectable levels, reflecting the extent of the chemical's infiltration throughout people's bodies.
"I expect that the realization that most of us have glyphosate in our urine will be disturbing to many people," said University of Washington professor Lianne Sheppard. "But now that we got it from this NHANES analysis that a large fraction of the population has it in urine, many people will be thinking about whether that includes them."
Phil Landrigan, director of Boston College's Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good, said people of all ages should be concerned about the NHANES findings.
"I am particularly concerned for children," he commented, continuing that they are more heavily exposed to pesticides than adults because they drink more water, eat more food and breathe more air. He further warned that children still have many years of future life that could be affected by diseases with long incubation periods, such as cancer.
This was not the first time the presence of glyphosate in urine was brought up.
A 2017 study from the University of California, San Diego pointed that since "Roundup Ready" genetically modified crops that tolerate the weed-killer were introduced in 1994, the use of Roundup had increased by a factor of around 15. In turn, this raised the prevalence of glyphosate in human urine to around 500 percent – at least for 100 individuals in a southern California community tested over 23 years.
In a press release that time, lead researcher Dr. Paul J. Mills said: "Our exposure to the chemicals has increased significantly over the years, but most people are unaware that they are consuming them through their diet." (Related: Glyphosate testing now available! Glyphosate detected in human blood, urine and breast milk - are you contaminated?)
According to the June 30 NHANES report, the use of glyphosate has exploded by a factor of 200 since Monsanto first introduced it under the brand name Roundup in 1974. It is widely used to control broadleaf weeds and grasses, but has been the subject of many studies and lawsuits because of its potential to cause cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
In June, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reassess whether glyphosate is potentially harmful to humans, wildlife or the environment. The federal appeals court ruled in a 3-0 decision that the agency had not adequately evaluated glyphosate's potential dangers when it reauthorized the product in January 2020.
Officials are reviewing the 54-page ruling and "will decide the next steps," confirmed an EPA spokesperson.
Meanwhile, Bayer said in a prepared statement that it stands by the EPA's earlier decision. The German chemical firm acquired Monsanto in 2016 for $66 billion, with the deal being finalized in 2018.
"We believe that the EPA will continue to conclude, as it and other regulators have consistently concluded for more than four decades, that glyphosate-based herbicides can be used safely and are not carcinogenic," the company stated.
"Glyphosate-based herbicides are among the most thoroughly studied products of their kind, which is a major reason why farmers around the world continue to rely on these products not only for effective weed control but also to minimize tillage farming practices, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, preserve more land for native habitats, and provide enough food to meet the needs of a growing population worldwide."
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