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How to Know if Your Weed Killer Could Cause Cancer

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  1. OSimpson

    OSimpson Certified Master Naturalist

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    Monsanto demanded a retraction from the WHO and called their finding irresponsible and without merit. Scientists have been studying and testing glyphosate since the 70's when it was first used, and since then, it's applications has expanded to agriculture, forestry, industrial weed control, and in our residential lawns and gardens. What consumers don't seem to grasp is that they are ingesting glyphosate from food - both fresh produce and processed foods, and have been for many years.
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    More About Glyphosate (RoundUp)
    Presented below are ten sobering facts about Glyphosate (the key ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp weedkiller, which the majority of Monsanto’s seeds are genetically engineered to withstand):

    [​IMG]1) Glyphosate causes disease and biological / physiological disorders in crops
    Fifteen years of research by the USDA indicates that the chemical glyphosate, the key ingredient in RoundUp herbicide, is linked to fungal root disease in plants.

    Article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/04/13/us-usa-gmos-regulators-idUSTRE63C2AJ20100413
    Purdue Report about biological/physiological disorders: http://www.btny.purdue.edu/weedscience/2011/GlyphosatesImpact11.html

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    2) Glyphosate is no longer effective at killing weeds
    Article about Superweeds: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/business/energy-environment/04weed.html
    International Database on Glycines (Glyphosate family): http://www.weedscience.com/summary/MOA.aspx?MOAID=12
    Iowa State: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/CropNews/2011/0120hartzler.htm
    University of Arkansas: http://bumperscollege.uark.edu/test_cses2012/1946.php
    National Academy of Sciences Report: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12804

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    3) Glyphosate use is increasing steadily
    According to the USGS, more than 88,000 tons of glyphosate were used in the United States in 2007, up from 11,000 tons in 1992. Since the advent of “super weeds,” the use of glyphosate (and other even stronger weed killers) has risen significantly.

    Article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/31/us-glyphosate-pollution-idUSTRE77U61720110831

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    4) Glyphosate is not breaking down as promised

    In 1996, New York’s attorney general sued Monsanto over the company’s use of “false and misleading advertising” about RoundUp. That case ended with Monsanto agreeing to stop calling Roundup “biodegradable,” and to pull ads claiming that Roundup was “safer than table salt,” “practically nontoxic,” and “stayed where you put it.”

    Two decades after the advent of “RoundUp Ready” crops and their dominance in the agricultural marketplace, the evidence of their falsehoods abound: multiple studies have found significant levels of glyphosate in streams, soil, air, rainwater, and groundwater:

    Wastewater: http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/glyphosate_wastewater.html
    Rain and Streams: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2909
    Groundwater: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22101424
    Soil: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/124999079/Effects-of-Glyphosate-and-Foliar-Amendments-on-Soil-Microorganisms (slideshow; see presentation here; view report here)
    Atmosphere, Soil and Surface Water: http://environment.gov.ab.ca/info/library/6444.pdf
    Mississippi and Iowa Streams: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2009AM/finalprogram/abstract_162346.htm
    Mississippi Air and Rain: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24549493
    51 Midwestern Streams in 9 states: http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/glyphosate02.html

    In our food: a recent study found that Glyphosate residues in the main foods of the Western diet – sugar, wheat, and genetically modified corn and soy – inhibit critical enzymes in mammals [which] manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body. Source: http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416

    In humans (study #1): No surprise, a study done in Germany in 2012 found glyphosate in all of the urine samples it took from non-agricultural workers in Berlin, at levels 5-20 times the limit for drinking water. Source: http://www.ithaka-journal.net/herbizide-im-urin?lang=en

    In humans (study #2): in June 2013, another study found traces of glyphosate in the urine samples of individuals across 18 countries in Europe. Summary: http://gmoevidence.com/dr-hans-wolfgang-hoppe-glyphosate-found-in-human-urine-across-europe/ Original Study Report: http://gmoevidence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/glyphosate_studyresults_june12.pdf

    In humans and animals (study #3): in January 2014, researchers from Germany and Egypt discovered that animals fed GM feed had much higher levels of glyphosate in their urine and organs than animals fed non-GM or organic feed, which translated into higher levels of the toxic chemical in humans as well. Source: http://omicsonline.org/open-access/detection-of-glyphosate-residues-in-animals-and-humans-2161-0525.1000210.pdf

    [​IMG]5) Glyphosate causes birth defects, tumors, and reproductive disorders in animals, as well as sharp declines in beneficial insects
    And often at dilutions far lower than the concentrations used in agricultural and even home garden spraying…

    Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20695457
    Study: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57277946
    Study: http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/2012/09/.pdf
    Study: http://www.mlmp.org.pdf
    Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23820267
    Study: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/abstract

    A June 2011 report assembled by an international team of scientists revealed that studies done as early as the 1980s by biotech and ag-industry corporations (including Monsanto) all showed that Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate causes birth defects in laboratory animals… again, at very low exposures. Read a related article here.

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    6) Glyphosate is a genotoxic endocrine disruptor to human cells and gut bacteria
    Human Cells: http://www.barnstablecounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/gasnier-toxicology-elsevier-262-184-191-glyphostae-ed-human-cell-lines2.pdf

    Human Placental Cells: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1257596/?report=classic#b36-ehp0113-000716

    Gut Bacteria: our gut bacteria was recently discovered to contain the very same metabolic pathway in plants that is being targeted and disrupted by Glyphosate—in direct opposition to Monsanto’s claims that the human body did not contain this pathway: http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416 (watch a full video presentation on this topic).

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    Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp weedkiller, along with other “inert” ingredients that are potentially even more dangerous. Use vinegar instead!

    7) Glyphosate is linked to cancer and deadly kidney disease in humans
    Three studies have linked glyphosate exposure with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma:

    2001: http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/10/11/1155.long
    2002: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12148884
    2003: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1740618/

    And a recent study linked glyphosate exposure to kidney disease in multiple countries:

    2014: http://www.lankabusinessonline.com/news/sri-lanka,-kidney-disease-linked-to-glysophate,-phosphate-fertilizer/2081217214

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    8) Glyphosate causes DNA damage
    Inhalation of glyphosate was observed to cause DNA damage after short exposure to concentrations that correspond to the 450-fold dilution of spraying most commonly used in agriculture:

    Study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22331240

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    9) The EPA is still working on Glyphosate’s human risk assessment
    Although the EPA has found the time to establish a National Acceptable Daily Intake of glyphosate (5.5% per day; as cited in the study done on pregnant women), long-term human risk assessment studies are slow to emerge.

    Glyphosate Detected in Pregnant Women: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22261298
    EPA Study Outline and Schedule: http://pesticidetruths.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Reference-glyphosate-2009-12-00-Final-Work-Plan-EPA.pdf

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    10) Glyphosate resistance is the primary purpose of genetic crop engineering
    GM crops have been responsible for a 527 million pound increase in herbicide use in the United States over the first 16 years of commercial use of GM crops (1996 – 2011).

    Article in Reuters:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/02/us-usa-study-pesticides-idUSBRE89100X20121002
    Article compiling facts researched by Nature Magazine: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/01/the-rise-of-genetically-modified-crops-in-two-charts/
    Study Report containing multiple source links: Benbrook, C. 2009. Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use: The First Thirteen Years

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    Glyphosate-resistant giant ragweed infesting RoundUp Ready corn; photo by Dr. Bill Johnson

    Additional Sources and Studies about Glyphosate:
    For those who want as many scientific references, peer-reviewed studies, and reports as possible…

    Why Glyphosate Should be Banned
    A Review of its Hazards to Health and the Environment
    Sirinathsinghji, E., Ho, Mae-Wan
    Overview: http://permaculturenews.org/2012/11/01/why-glyphosate-should-be-banned-a-review-of-its-hazards-to-health-and-the-environment/
    Full Report (ISIS Members only): http://www.i-sis.org.uk/error/login_error.php?location=Why_Glyphosate_Should_be_Banned.php
    Glyphosate Fact Sheet from Beyond Pesticides
    http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pesticides/factsheets/Glyphosate.pdf
    Glyphosate Fact Sheet from Pesticide.org
    http://www.pesticide.org/get-the-facts/pesticide-factsheets/factsheets/glyphosate
    Glyphosate Fact Sheet from Mindfully.Org
    http://www.mindfully.org/Pesticide/Roundup-Glyphosate-Factsheet-Cox.htm
    Glyphosate Toxicology
    Caroline Cox. Journal of Pesticide Reform, Volume 15, Number 3, Fall 1995. Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides, Eugene, OR.


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