WHO says widely used herbicide likely carcinogenic

March 20, 2015 10:19 PM

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WHO says widely used herbicide likely carcinogenic

Glyphosate, a herbicide widely marketed by Monsanto Co. and other companies, likely has the potential to cause cancer in humans, a World Health Organization agency said Friday.

The determination, published by researchers for the International Agency for Research on Cancer in a U.K. medical journal, is likely to fuel further debate over the safety of the heavily used agricultural chemical, which Monsanto MON, +0.32% sells under the Roundup brand.

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