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Monsanto’s Roundup is Causing DNA Damage

Mike Barrett
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Friday 30 March 2012
“Although harm caused by glyphosate and Roundup is thought to be experienced only by those spraying the herbicide, Roundup may actually causing harm to millions of people.”
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There is a reason that masks are worn while applying herbicides and warning signs are erected upon recently sprayed land plots — herbicide exposure is known to cause serious health complications. New research has recently been released showing that glyphosate, the main active ingredient found in Monsanto’s Roundup Ultra Max, is causing both DNA and cellular damage to cells found in the mouth and throat. Seeing as the inhalation of herbicides and ingredients like glyphosate is very common, this research alone is enough to raise concern over the safety of such substances which are used on a major scale. 

The Institute of Science in Society reports:

…Monsanto’s formulated version of glyphosate called Roundup Ultra Max caused cellular damage and DNA damage including chromosomal abnormalities and ultimately killed the cells at higher concentrations. Importantly, DNA damage occurred at concentrations below those required to induce cell damage, suggesting that the DNA damage was caused directly by glyphosate instead of being an indirect result of cell toxicity.

The research comes shortly after Monsanto’s all-to-popular Roundup has been shown to be killing off human kidney cells – even at low doses. Scientists demonstrated in the research that Monsanto’s ‘biopesticide’ Bt, in addition to Roundup, cause direct toxicity to human cells. They found that at only 100 parts per million (ppm), the biopesticide led to cell death, while it only took 57.2ppm of Roundup to kill half of the cell population in their research. Turns out that the amount of Roundup shown to cause this damage is 200 times below agricultural use.

Although harm caused by glyphosate and Roundup is thought to be experienced only by those spraying the herbicide, Roundup may actually causing harm to millions of people. Roundup is not only sprayed on the food we eat, but it is also used by countless households as a consumer herbicide product. Roundup is so prevalent that it has been found in 41 percent of the 140 groundwater samples tested from Catalonia Spain. Even more concerning, a recent German study found glyphosate in all urine samples tested in concentrations at 5 to 20-fold the limit established for drinking water.

Despite the evidence stacking up against Monsanto, they continue to push their health-damaging products on the public through personal and commercial use.



In reply to Progressives

In reply to Progressives comment:
I think your getting a little bit confused here. The levels of glyphosate required to cause cell death is 200 times lower than the permitted level used in agriculture. The fact that glyphosate is measured in large quantities in every urine sample tested shows that the contamination of humans is widespread and bearing in mind the first point I made here, it is a certainty that cell death is occurring in all the people whose urine has been tested and shown to contain large quantities of glyphosate (at 5-20 times the levels permitted for drinking water).Your point is not a valid one. Glyphosate does not necessarily change its form after it kills a cell or cells. In fact many toxic chemicals retain their molecular structure as they pass through living creatures bodies and still cause harm to that living entity.Hope this clarifies your confusion.

«a recent German study found

«a recent German study found glyphosate in all urine samples tested in concentrations at 5 to 20-fold the limit established for drinking water»

High concentrations may simply indicate that the kidneys are doing their job, discarding waste (and toxins) without dumping more water than necessary. Blood levels measured at the same time would be interesting, but of limited usefulness absent knowledge of what constitutes a toxic level. Of course, the fact that glyphosate is present in humans at all is less than reassuring.

Why not make retailers post

Why not make retailers post warning signs that Monsanto pesticides/herbicides have been proven to cause serious health complications? Why aren't retailers somehow accountable for selling hazardous chemicals?

Here are some facts about the

Here are some facts about the good old Monsantos bros:

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate) Please note that this is all cited also.)

False advertising

In 1996, Monsanto was accused of false and misleading advertising of glyphosate products, prompting a lawsuit by the New York State attorney general.[89]

On Fri Jan 20, 2007, Monsanto was convicted of false advertising of Roundup for presenting it as biodegradable, and claiming it left the soil clean after use. Environmental and consumer rights campaigners brought the case in 2001 on the basis that glyphosate, Roundup's main ingredient, is classed as "dangerous for the environment" and "toxic for aquatic organisms" by the European Union. Monsanto France planned to appeal the verdict at the time.[90]
[edit] Scientific fraud

On two occasions, the United States EPA has caught scientists deliberately falsifying test results at research laboratories hired by Monsanto to study glyphosate.[91][92][93] In the first incident, involving Industrial Biotest Laboratories (IBT), an EPA reviewer stated, after finding "routine falsification of data", it was "hard to believe the scientific integrity of the studies when they said they took specimens of the uterus from male rabbits".[94][95][96] In the second incident of falsifying test results in 1991, the owner of the lab (Craven Labs), and three employees were indicted on 20 felony counts, the owner was sentenced to five years in prison and fined US$50,000, the lab was fined $15.5 million and ordered to pay $3.7 million in restitution.[97][98] Craven laboratories performed studies for 262 pesticide companies, including Monsanto.

Monsanto has stated the studies have been repeated, and Roundup's EPA certification does not now use any studies from Craven Labs or IBT. Monsanto alleges the Craven Labs investigation was started by the EPA after a pesticide industry task force discovered irregularities.[99]

"...hard to believe the

"...hard to believe the scientific integrity of the studies when they said they took specimens of the uterus from male rabbits"

Now, that's funny.

Fight Monsanto by requiring

Fight Monsanto by requiring ALL GMO Foods to be labeled as such. Letconsumers vote their wallets and their health. Buy local and organic,NON-GMO foods if you don't want cancer! Just say NO to Monsanto....and all of their poisonous products!

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