http://www.naturescountrystore.com/roundup/index.html - RoundUp Herbicide has been touted by its maker, Monsanto, as safe and environmentally friendly. As such, it has become the most popular herbicide in use today. Advertising by Monsanto has led the public to believe that RoundUp is "safe as table salt," a phrase used quite often by its proponents to describe it. Follow this link to read reports that show otherwise.
http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/glyphosate051503.cfm - Danish drinking water resources are under attack from glyphosate - theactive ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide - "against all expectations sieving down through the soil and polluting the ground
water at a rate of five times more than the allowed level for drinking water".
The aim of this study was to assess the teratogenicity of the herbicide glyphosate-Roundup® (as commercialized in Brazil) to Wistar rats. Dams were treated orally with water or 500, 750 or 1000 mg/kg glyphosate from day 6 to 15 of pregnancy. Cesarean sections were performed on day 21 of pregnancy, and number of corpora lutea, implantation sites, living and dead fetuses, and resorptions were recorded. Weight and gender of the fetuses were determined, and fetuses were examined for external malformations and skeletal alterations. The organs of the dams were removed and weighed. Results showed a 50% mortality rate for dams treated with 1000 mg/kg glyphosate. Skeletal alterations were observed in 15.4, 33.1, 42.0 and 57.3% of fetuses from the control, 500, 750 and 1000 mg/kg glyphosate groups, respectively. We may conclude that glyphosate-Roundup® is toxic to the dams and induces developmental retardation of the fetal skeleton.
http://www.chem-tox.com/pesticides/ - Important health effects research regarding common pesticides are reported in the medical journal summaries on this website (follow the link). The majority of information was acquired by extensive research from the University of Florida and University of South Florida Medical Libraries.