A major new scientific study has confirmed growing conviction that the worldâ€™s most widely used chemical herbicide, Monsanto Corporationâ€™s Roundup is toxic and a danger to human as well as animal organisms.
Council of Scientific and Technical Research, presents alarming demonstration that Monsanto and the GMO agribusiness industry have systematically lied about the safety of their Roundup. Roundup in far lower concentrations than used in agriculture is linked to birth defects. The health implications are huge. All major GMO crops on the market today are genetically manipulated to â€œtolerateâ€ the herbicide Roundup.
Glyphosate was patented by Monsanto in the 1970â€™s well before GMO was commercialized, as a so-called broad-spectrum weed killer. It is typically sprayed and absorbed through the leaves, or used as a forestry herbicide.
It was initially patented and sold by Monsanto under the trade name Roundup, which also contains non-disclosed added chemicals the company refuses to divulge for â€œtrade secretâ€ reasons. As of 2005, 87% of all US soybean fields were planted with glyphosate-resistant varieties of GMO soybeans and sprayed with Roundup.
Because the seeds of Monsanto Roundup Ready GMO soybeans or other crops have been manipulated solely to be â€œresistantâ€ to Roundup herbicide, while all other plant life in the field is killed by Roundup, farmers using Roundup Ready seeds must also purchase Roundup herbicide, making a captive market for both seed and chemicals.
The problem with this cozy arrangement, aside from the fact that Roundup-resistant â€œsuper-weedsâ€ are emerging as a new biological catastrophe is that Glyphosate has now been demonstrated to be linked to birth defects as one of the most highly toxic substances in agriculture. The US Governmentâ€™s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), nonetheless continues to regard Roundup as â€œrelatively low in toxicity, and without carcinogenic or teratogenic effects.â€ Alarming results
Now a new international scientific team headed by Prof. Andres Carrasco and including researchers from the UK, Brazil, USA, and Argentina have demonstrated that Glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Roundup causes malformations in frog and chicken embryos at doses far lower than those used in agricultural spraying and well below maximum residue levels in products presently approved in the European Union.
The Carrasco group was led to research the embryonic effects of glyphosate by reports of high rates of birth defects in rural areas of Argentina where Monsantoâ€™s genetically modified â€œRoundup Readyâ€ (RR) soybeans are grown in large monocultures sprayed from airplanes regularly. RR soy is engineered to tolerate Roundup, allowing farmers to spray the herbicide liberally to kill weeds while the crop is growing.
Carrasco presented his groupâ€™s findings at a press conference during the 6th European Conference of GMO Free Regions in the European Parliament in Brussels. He stated, â€œThe findings in the lab are compatible with malformations observed in humans exposed to glyphosate during pregnancy.â€
Widespread reports of human malformations began to be reported in Argentina beginning 2002, two years after widespread aerial spraying of Roundup and planting of RR Soybeans was begun.
The test animals used by Carrascoâ€™s group share similar developmental mechanisms with humans. The authors concluded that the results â€œraise concerns about the clinical findings from human offspring in populations exposed to Roundup in agricultural fields.â€ Carrasco added, â€œThe toxicity classification of glyphosate is too low. In some cases this can be a powerful poison.â€ http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/state-map.cfm
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