Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s popular weed killer Roundup, has been linked to liver disease in animal models. In a new study, the first of its kind, researchers report an association between the herbicide and negative effects upon the human liver

Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto's popular weed killer Roundup, has been linked to liver disease in animal models. In a new study, the first of its kind, researchers report an association between the herbicide and negative effects upon the human liver

  • Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s popular weed killer Roundup, has been linked to liver disease in animal models.
  • In a new study, the first of its kind, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine report an association between the herbicide and negative effects upon the human liver.
  • “There have been a handful of studies, all of which we cited in our paper, where animals either were or weren’t fed Roundup or glyphosate directly, and they all point to the same thing: the development of liver pathology,” said Mills.
  • “So I naturally thought: ‘Well, could it be exposure to this same herbicide that is driving liver disease in the U.S.?'”.
  • Liver biopsies were used to determine the presence or absence of NAFLD while classifying the subjects by cohort.
  • Mills plans to next put a group of patients on an all-organic diet and track them over the course of several months, examining how a herbicide-free diet might affect biomarkers of liver disease.
  • While researchers say this study shows a link between herbicide exposure and liver disease in human subjects, Mills said much work remains to be done.