Roundup herbicide, also known as Glyphosate (a major component of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide) is the most widely used herbicide around the world. A number of scientific studies surrounding Roundup have shed light on the dangers and health effects that are associated with it.

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A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, titled “Pesticides in Mississippi Air and Rain: A Comparison Between 1995 and 2007,” reveals that Roundup herbicide (aka glyphosate) and its toxic degradation byproduct AMPA were found in over 75% of the air and rain samples tested from Mississippi in 2007. Researchers weren’t surprised given the fact that 2 million kilograms of glyphosate were applied statewide in 2007. (0)(5)

“So, what is the toxicological significance of the discovery of glyphosate in most air samples tested? In the month of August, 2007, if you were breathing in the sampled air you would be inhaling approximately 2.5 nanograms of glyphosate per cubic meter of air. It has been estimated the average adult inhales approximately 388 cubic feet or 11 cubic meters of air per day, which would equal to 27.5 nanograms (billionth of a gram) of glyphosate a day.”  (source)

You can read more details about the study here.

Significant concentrations of glyphosate were also found in the urine of people across Europe. You can read more about that here.

When you ingest Roundup, or glyphosate, you are altering the chemistry of your body. It’s unnatural, and the body doesn’t resonate with it. Scientists have demonstrated that glyphosate interrupts the CYP pathway. CYP enzymes have many important functions. They are critical for normal, natural functioning of multiple biological systems within our bodies. Because humans that’ve been exposed to glyphosate have a drop in amino acid tryptophan levels, they do not have the necessary active signalling of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is associated with weight gain, depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. (1)

Another report linked glyphosate to birth defects. The report provides a comprehensive review of the peer-reviewed scientific literature documenting the serious health hazards posed by glyphosate and roundup herbicide formulations.(2)(3)

“Our examination of the evidence leads us to the conclusion that the current approval of glyphosate and Roundup is deeply flawed and unreliable. In this report, we examine the industry studies and regulatory documents that led to the approval of glyphosate. We show that industry and regulators knew as long ago as the 1980’s and 1990’s that glyphosate causes malformation,but that information was not made public. We demonstrate how EU regulators reasoned their way from clear evidence of glyphosate’s teratogenicity in industry’s own studies to a conclusion that minimized these findings in the EU Commission’s final review report.” (2)(3)

Studies have also linked glyphosate to cancer, in that it is a potential endocrine disruptor. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the hormone system in mammals. These disrupters can cause developmental disorders, birth defects and cancer tumours. (4)

It’s also recently been linked to kidney disease. (6)

Cancer rates continue to rise, yet we continue to search for a cure (which is fine) while we completely ignore the causes. Corporations like Monsanto aren’t necessary at all, we are marketed with the idea that they are necessary and good. It’s becoming clear that most people on the planet do not desire to have corporations like Monsanto control our entire food system. This became increasingly clear with a worldwide “March Against Monsanto,” which saw millions around the world peacefully call for the end of GMOs and the pesticides that go with them.

We’re close, let’s keep it going.

 Sources:

(0) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24549493

(1)http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416

(2)http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/Roundup-and-birth-defects/RoundupandBirthDefectsv5.pdf

(3)http://earthopensource.org/files/pdfs/Roundup-and-birth-defects/Antoniou-Teratogenic-Effects-of-Glyphosate-Based-Herbicides.pdf

(4)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23756170

(5)http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/roundup-weedkiller-found-75-air-and-rain-samples-gov-study-finds

(6)http://rt.com/news/monsanto-roundup-kidney-disease-921/


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