Monsanto, Round Up and Birth Defects

Monsanto-Pesticides

According 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.
Summary:
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.
References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/roundup-scientists-birth-defects_n_883578.html

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