The ongoing international controversy over the widely-used glyphosate-based weed-killer Roundup and similar herbicides has largely been diverted as a misleading debate on whether glyphosate itself, the largest component of Monsanto's Roundup, is carcinogenic in recommended doses. New major published studies by a group of biologists and toxicologists at France's CAEN University reveals that the "adjuvants" or additional chemicals put into Roundup but concealed under company "trade secret" designation, are vastly more toxic than glyphosate alone. In short, the present glyphosate-carcinogen debate is a carefully-crafted red herring or deception game.
Owing to a sneak move by the outgoing German Agriculture Minister in December approving renewal of the license for glyphosate-based weed-killers, the EU in Brussels has extended the use of Monsanto Roundup and other widely-used herbicides another five years within the European Union. The debate largely turned on whether the isolated compound, glyphosate, was carcinogenic or toxic in recommended doses or not.