Prioritize science over business when handling pesticides

Prioritize science over business when handling pesticides

Congratulations are in order for The Gazette for their recent series highlighting the high rate of cancer in Iowa. In a follow-up column and letter, the topic of potentially toxic farm chemicals and pesticides was discussed. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported elevated cancer biomarkers in individuals with high glyphosate concentrations in their urine. Additionally, the World Health Organization’s International Research Agency on Cancer stated that glyphosate is likely carcinogenic to humans. Studies have shown that long-term exposure to glyphosate may increase the risk of non-Hodgkins leukemia, despite the fact that the company that produces it, Bayer, is researching treatment for this disease.

It is concerning to think that glyphosate may be a dangerous chemical, yet the Iowa Legislature is considering a bill that would prevent individuals from seeking damages through the court system for harm caused by this product. This raises questions about the motivations of the GOP in controlling Iowans for the benefit of big companies. It begs the question of whether our legislators are truly knowledgeable about scientific issues. From water pollution to the damage caused by farm chemicals, it is evident that it is time to prioritize science and the insights of scientists over business interests.

Sonia Ettinger
Iowa City

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