Roundup and Cancer – level 3

05-04-2019 15:00

The company Monsanto makes a herbicide called Roundup that is popular because it works so well at killing weeds around the plants that you want to grow.

A chemical in the herbicide is glyphosate, and a jury found that the ingredient caused a man from California to develop cancer.

However, there is disagreement on what glyphosate does to people. The World Health Organisation said that it could damage a person’s DNA. Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto, said that this is untrue and it would change its products if they were unsafe.

In the US, there are 11,000 cases against Bayer due to effects from its herbicides.

Difficult words: herbicide (a chemical that kills plants), DNA (the carrier of genetic information), due to (because of).

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