|Glyphosate Classified Carcinogenic by ICA
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|Doug [ Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:08 pm ]
|Glyphosate Classified Carcinogenic by ICA
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released its finding today concluding that there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity based on laboratory studies.
Glyphosate is touted as a â€œlow toxicityâ€ chemical and â€œsaferâ€ than other chemicals by EPA and industry and is widely used in food production and on lawns, gardens, parks, and childrenâ€™s playing fields. However, IARCâ€™s new classification of glyphosate as a Group 2A â€œprobableâ€ carcinogen finds that glyphosate is anything but safe. According to IARC, Group 2A means that the chemical is probably carcinogenic to humans based on sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals. The agency considered the findings from an EPA Scientific Advisory Panel report, along with several recent studies in making its conclusion. The agency also notes that glyphosate caused DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells. Further, epidemiologic studies have found that exposure to glyphosate is significantly associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkinâ€™s Lymphoma (NHL).
â€œWith the cancer classification on top of the documented weed resistance to glyphosate and water contamination resulting from its use, continued reliance on glyphosate is irresponsible from a public health and environmental perspective,â€ said Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides. â€œWe have effective sustainable organic management systems that do not utilize glyphosate and itâ€™s time that EPA and USDA recognized its responsibility to move away from hazardous and unnecessary pesticides,â€ he continued.
Ironically, EPA in 1985 originally classified glyphosate as â€˜possibly carcinogenic to humansâ€™ based on tumors in laboratory animals, but changed its classification to evidence of non-carcinogenicity in human years later, most likely due to industry influence, allowing the chemical to be the most widely used pesticides in the U.S. USDA has contributed to its growth by deregulating crops, including the vast majority of corn and soybeans, that are genetically engineered to be tolerant to the chemical. In recent years, weeds have exhibited resistance to glyphosate and its efficacy has been called into question. Additionally, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) routinely finds glyphosate in U.S. waterways especially in the Midwestern states and the Mississippi River valley. Ecological data also reports that glyphosate and glyphosate formulated products are toxic to aquatic organisms, and is extremely lethal to amphibians.
But the U.S. regulatory agencies have ignored questions about its hazards and its necessity in crop production. Last year, cotton growers applied for an emergency exemption for the use of propazine on three million acres of cotton because glyphosate was no longer effective. Now that IARC has classified the worldâ€™s most widely used herbicide as a probable human carcinogen, EPA must quickly reevaluate its widespread use and registration status.
http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarc ... ume112.pdf
|northwesterner [ Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:06 am ]
|Re: Glyphosate Classified Carcinogenic by ICA
Looking for a place to park this study from 2013. It may have already been posted somewhere in the site, but I wanted to be sure it was here at least once.
Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance
Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff
Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia and depression. It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic. Fish exposed to glyphosate develop digestive problems that are reminiscent of celiac disease. Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria. Characteristics of celiac disease point to impairment in many cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved with detoxifying environmental toxins, activating vitamin D3, catabolizing vitamin A, and maintaining bile acid production and sulfate supplies to the gut. Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes. Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other rare metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate's strong ability to chelate these elements. Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match glyphosate's known depletion of these amino acids. Celiac disease patients have an increased risk to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure. Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate. Glyphosate residues in wheat and other crops are likely increasing recently due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to the harvest. We argue that the practice of “ripening” sugar cane with glyphosate may explain the recent surge in kidney failure among agricultural workers in Central America. We conclude with a plea to governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods.
Keywords: celiac disease, gluten, glyphosate, food, cytochrome P450, deficiency
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