In case you weren’t sure yet if the massive use of the herbicide glyphosate – also known as Monsanto’s Roundup – was cause for concern, here’s the sobering takeaway from an MIT senior researcher who just conducted a review of the stuff:
“I’m certain at this point that glyphosate is the most important factor in an alarming number of epidemic diseases.”
The introduction of Roundup in 1973 has corresponded with a rise in conditions including celiac disease (gluten intolerance), autism, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s and others.
And its use – along with the rates of many of these diseases – has gone stratospheric over the last 15 years, with the approval of Monsanto’s GMO “Roundup Ready” crops specifically engineered to tolerate massive exposure to glyphosate. Roundup is now used all over the world on staple crops like wheat and soy, and has become the most widely used herbicide in the US.
Despite these trends, the EPA and FDA still consider glyphosate to be relatively safe and harmless – based largely on unpublished, industry-produced studies. That position is looking increasingly dangerous, and possibly wrong.
Of course – just because two trends match does not mean those two things are related. And in the eyes of the scientific process, just because something looks, swims and quacks like a duck, doesn’t make it a duck.
But in the case of glyphosate, there are many reasons to believe it could be related to higher incidence of many diseases.
Glyphosate doesn’t just kill weeds. It is an antibiotic (which kills the gut bacteria that make up a significant portion of our immune system and digestive function), a chelator (which strips the body of nutrients needed to fight disease other essential functions), an endocrine disruptor (which affects hormones and leads to birth defects), and impairs the liver’s ability to detox (allowing heavy metals to build up in our bodies). And we put nearly 200 million pounds of the stuff on our food each year!
Even worse, the so-called “inactive” ingredients in Roundup may be amplifying the toxic effects of glyphosate by orders of magnitude. One new study found Roundup’s overall concoction to be up to 1000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone. Yet Roundup’s approval is based on tests of only glyphosate, and does not take into account it’s possible interaction with other chemicals EPA considers safe.
Another recent study has challenged Monsanto’s claim that glyphosate doesn’t accumulate in our bodies — the cornerstone of our government’s finding that Roundup is safe — finding glyphosate levels in breast milk up to 1,600 times higher than the level Europe allows for individual pesticides.
I share this with you because you have the right to know what giant corporations are doing to your food. Monsanto has be one of the most amoral companies on Earth- they are constantly putting profits before people, and we’ve got to stop letting them get away with it.
The least we can do is be informed. But we can also act- sign this petition that will go directly to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).