Just 15 days after the World Health Organization said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is a probable human carcinogen, our friends at the EPA signed off on additional uses of a new herbicide containing glyphosate. Dow’s Enlist Duo, concocted from a deadly mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate, can now be used in nine additional states. That makes 16 states whose citizens will be directly exposed to more glyphosate (with a dash of 2,4-D, a chemical used to make Agent Orange).
Dow rejoiced at the news. And immediately said it would seek approval of the product in even more states.
This is what we’re up against. Corporations willing to poison everything in sight with impunity, in order to line their CEO’s pockets and enrich their shareholders. Government agencies blinded and bedazzled by “technology” at any price. And politicians so beholden to their corporate donors they’re willing to sell their constituents down the polluted river to keep those corporations happy.
Scientific evidence pointing to the dangers posed by Monsanto’s widely used Roundup herbicide has been mounting for years, but a new report just out from the World Health Organization (WHO) may be the most damning yet.
The report states that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, “probably” causes cancer. (That’s about the most definitive statement we ever get on cancer causing agents)
Until now, the EPA and FDA have resisted classifying Roundup as a carcinogen and banning its use. But after this report, the EPA now states that it will “consider” these new findings. We need to make sure that this new information actually spurs them to action.
Invented by Monsanto in 1974, Roundup is the most widely used weed killer in the United States – nearly 200 million pounds are used on food every year. It’s commonly used on crops like wheat and soy, and residues of it are routinely found in food and water. While Monsanto officials and government regulators have routinely insisted that it does not accumulate in human tissues, independent studies have found significant concentrations of its active ingredient glyphosate in human urine and breast milk.2
This latest study by the cancer research arm of the WHO, which was published in the medical journal The Lancet Oncology, placed Roundup’s active ingredient in its second highest category of cancer risk, classifying it as a “probable carcinogen.” Among other findings, the authors of the study stated that there is evidence that glyphosate can cause non-Hodgkins lymphoma in humans and other cancers in rats and mice.
The EPA has already acknowledged that long-term exposure to high levels of glyphosate can cause kidney and reproductive damage.3 And these new findings come after a report by a senior MIT researcher last year that connected glyphosate to a number of human diseases due to its antibiotic effect in humans, as well as endocrine disruption, impaired liver detoxification, and lowered nutrient absorption.4
Those findings led the researcher to state: “I’m certain at this point that glyphosate is the most important factor in an alarming number of epidemic diseases.”
It’s time for the EPA and FDA to take seriously their responsibility to protect public health and keep Monsanto’s toxic herbicide out of our bodies and off of our plates.
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