Despite Monsanto’s PR attempts to convince the world that their food is completely safe, scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are not buying it. A report published yesterday in the highly prestigious medical journal The Lancet Oncology admits that the herbicide glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
The report stated:
“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. A second study reported a positive trend for haemangiosarcoma in male mice. Glyphosate increased pancreatic islet-cell adenoma in male rats in two studies. A glyphosate formulation promoted skin tumours in an initiation-promotion study in mice.”
Glyphosate, marketed under the brand name Roundup is sprayed on genetically modified Roundup Ready crops which are engineered to survive heavy doses of the weed-killer. The crops soaked in Roundup are then sold to you as food, clothing, or fed to animals that produce food such as milk, eggs, and meat.
Glyphosate use has increased from 20 million pounds per year in 1992 to a shocking 250+ million pounds. That’s a 1000% percent increase on the three largest genetically modified crops alone, one of which you’re likely wearing as clothing or unknowingly eating right now. By the way, cancer rates are still on the rise too.
Big Biotechnology companies such as Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, Bayer, and Dupont couldn’t care less about disease, however. It’s a perfect storm for business. Monsanto sells farmers the seeds that depend on a specific herbicide that they themselves sell as well. And if it happens to make people sick, oh well they’ve got ties to the Big Pharmaceutical market too. From Monsanto’s own website:
“Former Monsanto is today known as Pharmacia LLC. Pharmacia is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer Inc., which operates the Pharmaceuticals Business.”
Glyphosate has been detected in the air, water, and of course food. Not to mention blood, breast milk, and urine as well. The longer we continue to allow the use of glyphosate in big agriculture the more polluted our world will become with this man-made chemical that is contributing to soaring disease rates.
It is an enormous breakthrough that the IARC and the world-renowned weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, The Lancet have finally spoken up about the hazards of glyphosate. And cancer may only be the tip of the iceberg. Evidence suggests glyphosate and GMOs may be contributing to the autism and auto-immune disease epidemic as well. (1), (2), (3)
Health risks aside, one thing is for sure: using glyphosate resistant crops to deal with weeds is a failed idea. The reason glyphosate use has increased so dramatically is because weeds became resistant to the weed-killer. It created a breed of weeds that require even stronger and more poisonous chemicals to combat. The map below displays the Roundup resistant super-weed takeover. Read more about that by following this link.
So why are we still using this failed idea which probably causes cancer as well as other diseases? Why are we spraying our food and clothing crops with poison? You simply cannot ignore the IARC and The Lancet publishing statements such as:
“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.”
Glyphosate is up for review this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Do you think they will change their policy in light of this Lancet report coldly concluding:
The Working Group classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”
Full Text: http://www.thelancet.com/
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