Monsanto, Round Up and Birth Defects

Monsanto-PesticidesAccording to a recent study evaluation by Earth Open Source, Round Up’s main ingredient, glyphosate is being linked to birth defects, amongst other problems, in animals. Earth Open Source reviews existing data in an open source collaboration to advance sustainable food production.

Round Up weed killer is the most widely used herbicide on the planet. With so many people spraying away it’s important to be certain this potent weed killer is safe for the plants, the animals, the users, and the entire environment. However, the latest research indicates that Round Up is far from safe for anyone or anything that is living.

In this case, Earth Open Source is calling for a closer look at the use of Round Up and other dangerous weed killers containing glyphosate. The reason is that the review of the documentation shows the use of this dangerous and toxic chemical poses a public health threat.

Additionally, the documentation from Earth Open Source reveals that the industry regulators in Europe have known for several years about the health risks associated with glyphosate but turned a blind eye.

Glyphosate was originally introduced by the American company who makes Round Up weed killer, Monsanto in 1976. Monsanto is a giant agriculture biotechnology company who’s come under fire for its use of herbicides as well as GMO seeds.

What the Studies Reveal

Earth Open Source contends the facts that the European industry regulators have known for years is that the main ingredient, glyphosate, causes birth defects in laboratory animals.

Earth Open Source is a group of pro-bono professionals and volunteers who work in the business, genetic engineering, and technology sectors. They studied data on glyphosate from scientific studies from a number of countries including Argentina, Brazil, France, and the United States.

Earth Open Source says that the EPA estimates that the usage of glyphosate is as follows:

  • 180 to 185 million pounds of glyphosate used in agriculture industry between 2006 and 2007
  • 8  to 11 million pounds of glyphosate used by non-agriculture industry between 2005 and 2007

This is a whole lot of a deadly, dangerous toxin getting into plants, animals, ground water, the air, our food, and much more.

This group also states that Monsanto, who introduced glyphosate and Round Up, knew since 1993 that visceral anomalies, like dilation of the heart, occurred with just small to medium exposure to glyphosate in rabbits. And that since 2002, the European regulators knew of developmental malformations caused by glyphosate in laboratory animals but went ahead and approved its widespread use for ten more years.

This European Commission was to review the documentation about the dangers and risks of glyphosate in 2012 but has since pushed this date back to do the review in 2015.

Earth Open Source’s authors said this about glyphosate,

“Our examination of the evidence leads us to the conclusion that the current approval of glyphosate and Roundup is deeply flawed and unreliable. What is more, we have learned from experts familiar with pesticide assessments and approvals that the case of glyphosate is not unusual.”

This is all serious reason for concern, and even more reason for you to make the personal choice to avoid Round Up as well as any other weed killer that contains glyphosate.

The Studies Support Abandoning the Use of Round Up and Glyphosate

You may wonder at this point what Monsanto’s reaction to these new claims calling for re-evaluation of the safety of Round Up and glyphosate is.

Spokeswoman Janice Pearson said the following,

“Regulatory authorities and independent experts around the world agree that glyphosate does not cause adverse reproductive effects in adult animals or birth defects in offspring of these adults exposed to glyphosate,” she said, “even at doses far higher than relevant environmental or occupational exposures.”

But the studies say something far different. According to a study in France in 2005 the use of Round Up and glyphosate cause the death of placenta cells in humans.

And not all government agencies are falling for Monsanto’s lies about the safety of Round Up and glyphosate. In 1996 New York State’s Attorney General sued Monsanto for its false advertising associated with Round Up.

Monsanto advertised Round Up as “as safe as table salt” and “environmentally friendly.” And while Monsanto admitted no wrong doing it agreed to pay the state $250,000 and discontinue the use of the phrasing.
EPA Reviews Safety of Glyphosate

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews the safety and effectiveness of all pesticides on a fifteen year cycle. Currently, glyphosate is under review. The EPA stated the following in a written letter to the Huffington Post,

“EPA will determine if our previous assessments of this chemical need to be revised based on the results of this review. EPA issued a notice to the company [Monsanto] to submit human health and ecotoxicity data in September 2010.”

The EPA said it will also review a “wide range of information and data from other independent researchers” including Earth Open Source.”

The studies that show Round Up and glyphosate pose health threats to all living things continue to mount. You can wait for all the evidence to come in, the EPA estimates 2015 as the date for its conclusion on the safety of glyphosate, or you can opt out of this dangerous, life threatening use of pesticides today. Myself? I won’t wait longer for conclusive evidence, the evidence presented from numerous studies is sufficient for me to recommend to you to stay far away from this dangerous toxin.
Round Up is the number one used herbicide in the United States. But before you spray this seemingly innocent compound get the facts on the real health risks Round Up and its main ingredient glyphosate cause.

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10 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Ronnie says:

    Are there any safe weed killers or herbicides?

  2. Tiffiney Smith says:

    I hate Monsanto! Even Haitian farmers refused to plant their free seeds after the earthquake and burned them in protest! Are you partnering with anyone for World Food Day? I am thinking about getting a booth at NFM. I got an email from Organic Consumers Association and the deadline is Sept 1. They will send materials. I don’t know of any other events around town for October 16.

  3. Reggie says:

    I know that many look upon Monsanto as the devil, but rarely do I take the word from any one source. I reading and research I have come to believe that many anti-Monsanto groups have their own agenda. Many groups behind the bashing of Monsanto are simply anticapitalists who want to put this company out of business and so cherry pick the information to shore up their claim. That said, in all fairness, I believe Monsanto’s response should also be considered. I seriously have my doubts that this will be done reasonably, but there it is.

    • Mia says:

      No, ppl are against Monsanto because they have taken over independant farm owners via costly court proceedings that are clearly on the side of Monsanto, they offered “free seed” to farmers in Haiti and ultimately caused the destruction of their crops and their livelihood, and for the harm their products do to the environment. I can’t see how anyone can support them or excuse their actions.

    • mc says:

      I’m pretty sure Monsanto is the antithesis of capitalism… They are quickly killing free market. Thanks for trying to be “unbiased”, though. And yes, the anti-Monsanto advocates have an agenda- true health.

  4. Gail J says:

    I was naive. I innocently, and naively thought that farmers (here) were farmers because of their love for the earth, growing things, being near Nature, seeing the cycle of Life and ecology all in one. I thought farmers (here) were stubborn diehards because they hold true to the tradition of that which is dying off the case may be..being forced out. So, one day, when I asked a farmer what he grew, and he said soy and corn, I asked if they were GMO, as it’s so hard to find anything that is not. He got so violently angry saying I must be ‘one of those!’ And, with his reddened face closer to mine, he defiantly raised his voice to say ‘that for my information GMO seed plants are the best thing that ever happened; produce better vegetables, without insects destroying them, and yield far more!’ That was a learning experience to say the least.
    Flash forward to another occasion, and a gentleman was bragging about how much he loved Roundup. When he saw my horrified face, he quickly defended it, saying “’re like so many others that believe it’s toxic and horrible. It’s not. It’s completely harmless. It’s nothing more than strong fertilizer – same ingredient. And I know this directly from the source – the salesman told me!” Yes, I said..I’m not surprised.

  5. kerry says:

    A lot of people think that anyone associated with Monsanto is evil and I disagree. The CEO from my company started out working with Monsanto and she is a very caring, environmentally conscious person. Monsanto has done a lot of wrong…but people can learn from their mistakes

  6. Dave says:

    So- would you mix up some Roundup,- or any other farm chemical and bathe with it? Would you bathe a newborn baby in it?

    When it seeps into the water table and your well picks it up, you will be doing just that.

  7. kerry says:

    No. It is everyone’s personal responsibility to do what’s best for ones family. No one has the right to judge anyone else for there practices except for God…this includes Dr axe…who I have a lot of respect for

    • Gail J says:

      Well, Kerry, I’m glad that your “very caring, environmentally conscious person” CEO had the sense to change companies and (hopefully) enlist with a company of greater moral integrity and values.
      In the comments thus far, I see mostly people sharing information, and as for judging a corporations practices – when it comes to endangering the public; wildlife; the unborn – you’re damn straight we should – and hopefully put a stop to it! Thank God for people like Erin Brokovich who courageously cared enough to be one of those who ‘made a difference'; and for anyone else who can follow suit – any one of us. Those who calmly sit by and do nothing under a weak pretense of ‘not judging’ while people are being poisoned and born with birth defects are even more MORALLY wrong, and are in fact, dangerous.
      “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
      – Edmund Burke

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