UC San Diego
Herbicide Awareness & Research Project
The objective of UC San Diego Herbicide Awareness and Research Project is to raise awareness of and conduct independent scientific research into the health-related effects of genetically modified (GM) foods and the herbicides that are applied to them.
The herbicide Roundup is sprayed onto "Roundup Ready" GM crops, including the vast majority of GM corn and soy grown in the United States as well as applied as a desiccant to facilitate harvest of a number of small non-GM grains. Residues of glyphosate, the primary ingredient of Roundup, are found in these crops at harvest. In the biomedical literature, concern has been expressed about our increasing exposure to glyphosate, although this remains a highly controversial area.
In March 2017 the state of California's Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) received approval to list glyphosate as an agent known to the state of California to cause cancer. Given the noted gap in the literature of studies examining 1) how glyphosate exposure might have changed over the decades since the widespread introduction of GM foods and 2) potential longitudinal epidemiological relationships between glyphosate exposure and human health, we have initiated the Herbicide Awareness and Research Project to conduct research into these areas.
You can be part of a Citizen Science Investigation of Glyphosate. Our research project includes an innovative crowdfunding campaign that will not only help us fund this initiative but will enable you to participate and receive your own personal analysis of your glyphosate levels. Click on Learn More or Contribute to get started.
The Herbicide Awareness and Research Project team are part of the UC San Diego Center of Excellence for Research and Training in Integrative Health under the direction of Professor Paul J. Mills.