The World’s Most Common Weed Killer May Be Killing Us, Too…

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You’ve been told for years that it’s safe, but the world’s most common weed killer has finally been classified as a probable carcinogen…

While natural health publications have been warning the public about the potential health hazards of glyphosate (commonly sold as “Roundup”) for more than two decades, companies like Monsanto have made sure that this common weed killer stays in the fields – and on our food.

In fact, use of this chemical has increased, as genetically modified crops (GMOs) have become commonplace in big agriculture. Regardless of how you feel about GMOs, the fact remains that any crop that can withstand regular spraying with Roundup is a crop that you probably shouldn’t eat!

“Roundup-Ready” crops are genetically modified to be resistant to the effects of glyphosate, meaning that it can be sprayed on the fields with impunity to kill weeds without harming the crops. While this may sound like a good thing for farmers, it’s not so good for those who are consuming the crops later, which are now polluted with this toxin.

Although we have been told for 30 years by Monsanto that Roundup is “perfectly safe,” in 2015, 17 experts from 11 countries in the Monograph Working Group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer finally stated that glyphosate should be classified as a “probable human carcinogen.”

Here is more from the report, as published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology:

“Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide, currently with the highest production volumes of all herbicides. It is used in more than 750 different products for agriculture, forestry, urban, and home applications. Its use has increased sharply with the development of genetically modified glyphosate-resistant crop varieties. Glyphosate has been detected in air during spraying, in water, and in food…. Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the USA, Canada, and Sweden reported increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustment for other pesticides…. In male CD-1 mice, glyphosate induced a positive trend in the incidence of a rare tumour, renal tubule carcinoma….

Glyphosate has been detected in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, indicating absorption. Soil microbes degrade glyphosate to aminomethylphosphoric acid (AMPA). Blood AMPA detection after poisonings suggests intestinal microbial metabolism in humans. Glyphosate and glyphosate formulations induced DNA and chromosomal damage in mammals, and in human and animal cells in vitro. One study reported increases in blood markers of chromosomal damage (micronuclei) in residents of several communities after spraying of glyphosate formulations…. The Working Group classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A).”

Read the full report at TheLancet.com

 

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