SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

June 14, 2013

Roundup’s toxin in food

Latest study

Weedkiller may be tied to illnesses

By Carey Gillam REUTERS

Heavy use of the world’s most-popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that residues of “glyphosate,” the chief ingredient in Roundup weedkiller, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food.

Those residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, according to the report, written by Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant from Arthur D. Little, Inc.

  • Environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is causing problems for plants, people and animals.

The EPA is conducting a standard registration review of glyphosate and has set a deadline of 2015 for determining whether its use should be limited.

Monsanto is the developer of both Roundup herbicide and a suite of crops that are genetically altered to withstand being sprayed with Roundup.

Monsanto and other leading industry experts have said for years that glyphosate is proven safe and is less damaging to the environment than other common chemicals.

(Jan’s Comment: 

It is no surprise that glyphosates are found in the plants, for how else are we to assume that it gets into our bodies, our blood supply and even into women’s utereri as they tote their babies on board.  Yes the little ones are being cradled in the Roundup from before they are born.   I suppose we should more rightly be amazed that any of our children are actually born healthy these days.  

As to those claims by Monsanto that Roundup is safe. . . . their so-called testing was extended over a three month period and during that short span, found no discernible alterations or changes worth note.   However, the changes DO come about  a-f-t-e-r three months;  all kinds of changes as she has outlined in her discussion with Jeff Smith (worth Five Stars) on June 11th a few days ago  here at smokinchoices.

Just sayin’.  .    .    .  )

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