A Washington State University Tri-Cities professor will refute claims that the popular weed killer Roundup causes cancer and other health issues when he speaks at ecology and pesticide workshops in Chile in May.
Roundup, the most heavily used herbicide in the world, uses the ingredient glyphosate, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, recently identified as a probable cause of cancer, said a news release.
Allan Felsot, professor of entomolgy and environmental toxicology, will use experiments and studies to back up his conclusion that the herbicide poses little risk to people as its active ingredient affects a metabolic pathway not found in animals.
Felsot will first speak at the Latin American Pesticide Residue Workshop May 10-13 in Santiago, Chile. He’ll then attend the Ecological Risk Assessment Workshop.