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12 Reasons Why Even Low Levels of Glyphosate are Unsafe

childrenshealthdefense.org
17 January 2019
Zen Honeycutt, Founding Executive Director Mom’s Across America, Children’s Heath Defense Coalition Partner

Proponents of GMOs and Glyphosate-based herbicides and staunch believers in the EPA have long argued that low levels of glyphosate exposure are safe for humans. Even our own EPA tells us that Americans can consume 17 times more glyphosate in our drinking water than European residents. The EWG asserts that 160 ppb of glyphosate found in breakfast cereal is safe for a child to consume due to their own safety assessments, and yet renowned scientists and health advocates have long stated that no level is safe.  Confusion amongst consumers and the media is rampant.

Glyphosate is the declared active chemical ingredient in Roundup and Ranger Pro, which are both manufactured by Monsanto, the original manufacturer of Agent Orange and DDT. There are 750 brands of glyphosate-based herbicides.Glyphosate based herbicides are the most widely used in the world and residues of glyphosate have been found in tap water, children’s urine, breast milk, chips, snacks, beer, wine, cereals, eggs, oatmeal, wheat products, and most conventional foods tested.

The detection of glyphosate in these foods has set off alarms of concern in households and food manufacturers’ offices around the world. Lawsuits have sprung up against companies that make food products that claim to be “100% Natural” and yet contain glyphosate residues. These lawsuits have been successful. Debates, using the argument that “the dose makes the poison,” have been pushed by media. Speculation is that these media outlets are funded by advertisers that make or sell these chemicals or have sister companies that do, and threatening their profits would be unwise for all involved – except the consumers.

It is time to set the record straight

Here are 12 reasons why there is no safe level of glyphosate herbicide residue in our food or beverages.

  1. Babies, toddlers, and young children have kidneys and livers which are underdeveloped and do not have the ability to detox toxins the way adults doTheir bodies are less capable of eliminating toxins and therefore are particularly susceptible. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has stated that children, especially, should avoid pesticides because, “prenatal and early childhood exposure to pesticides is associated with pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function and behavioral problems.”
  2. Glyphosate does not wash, dry or cook off, and has been shown to bioaccumulate in the bone marrow, tendons and muscle tissue. Bioaccumulation of low levels over time will result in levels which we cannot predict or determine; therefore there is no scientific basis to state that the low levels are not dangerous, as they can accumulate to high levels in an unforeseeable amount of time.
  3. “There is no current reliable way to determine the incidence of pesticide exposure and illness in US children.” -AAP  Children are exposed through food, air, contact with grass and pets. How much they are being exposed to daily from all these possibilities is simply not something that we have been able to determine. Therefore no one is capable of assessing what levels are safe from any one modality of exposure because an additional low level from other modalities could add up to a high level of exposure.
  4. Ultra-low levels of glyphosate herbicides have been proven to cause non-alcoholic liver disease in a long term animal study by Michael Antoniou, Giles Eric Seralini et al.  The levels the rats were exposed to, per kg of body weight, were far lower than what is allowed in our food supply. According to the Mayo Clinic 100 million, or 1 out of 3 Americans now have liver disease. These diagnoses are in some as young as 8 years old.
  5. Ultra-low levels of glyphosate have been shown to be  endocrine and hormone disrupting.Changes to hormones can lead to birth defects, miscarriage, autoimmune disease, cancer, mental and chronic illness.
  6. The  EPA Allowable Daily Intake Levels (ADIs) of glyphosate exposure were set for a 175-pound man, not a pregnant mother, infant, or child.
  7. Glyphosate alone has been shown to be chronically toxic causing organ and cell damage. Glyphosate herbicides final formulations, have been shown to be acutely toxic, causing immediate damage at low levels.
  8. The detection of glyphosate at low levels could mean the presence of the other toxic ingredients in glyphosate herbicides on our food. Until studies are done, one must practice the Precautionary Principle. The label on glyphosate herbicides does not specify the pesticide class or “other”/“inert” ingredients that may have significant acute toxicity and can account for up to 54% of the product.
  9. Regarding the label and low-level exposure: “Chronic toxicity information is not included, and labels are predominantly available in English. There is significant use of illegal pesticides(especially in immigrant communities), off-label use, and overuse, underscoring the importance of education, monitoring, and enforcement.” – AAP. Exposure to low levels of glyphosate herbicides can occur through pregnant wives or children hugging the father who is a pesticide applicator.  The chronic health impacts such as rashes which can, years later, result in non-Hodgkin lymphoma, are often ignored, especially by low income or non-English speaking users dependent on their pesticide application occupation for survival.
  10. The EPA has admitted to not having any long-term animal studies with blood analysis on the final formulation of any glyphosate herbicides.  The EPA cannot state that the final formulation is safe.
  11. For approval of pesticides and herbicides, the EPA only requires safety studies, by the manufacturer who benefits from the sales, on the one declared active chemical ingredient—in this case glyphosate. Glyphosate is never used alone.
  12. The main manufacturer, Monsanto, has been found to be guilty on all counts by a San Francisco Supreme Court Jury in the Johnson v Monsanto. This includes guilty of “malice and oppression” which means that the company executives knew that their glyphosate products could cause cancer and suppressed this information from the public.

Clearly, it is time for food and beverage manufacturers to have a zero tolerance for glyphosate residue levels and for the US EPA and regulatory agencies everywhere to stop ignoring the science and to revoke the license of glyphosate immediately.

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A Scientific Analysis of Glyphosate & GM Food by A Former Pro-GMO Scientist of 30 Years — Rangitikei Enviromental Health Watch

With all the so called debate raging still about glyphosate & GM food (really not rocket science when you read the research, they just split hairs in the interests of corporate greed) this is an excellent listen. When somebody who has been part of the industry, switches sides & speaks out, we need to sit […]

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Aerial glyphosate spraying threatens organic gardens built by awarding-winning environmentalists

Date: 21 June 2016
Author: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) As technology advances big agriculture is discovering new and inventive ways to poison the remaining organic food on the planet, as evidenced by what is currently taking place Down Under.

As reported by WAToday, some South West farmers are drawing attention to what they see as a danger to their ability to make a living after state government officials launched an aerial pesticide spraying program near their organic farming operation. Continue reading Aerial glyphosate spraying threatens organic gardens built by awarding-winning environmentalists

European Union officials outraged by glyphosate opposition as Germany, Italy and France refuse to relicense herbicide

Date: 15 June 2016
Author: Julie Wilson staff writer

(NaturalNews) Within a matter of weeks, glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, declared a likely human carcinogen by the World Health Organization last spring, may no longer be approved for use in Europe. Continue reading European Union officials outraged by glyphosate opposition as Germany, Italy and France refuse to relicense herbicide

Glyphosate testing in Portugal detects highest levels ever recorded in people with no professional exposure

Date: 20 May 2016
Author: Julie Wilson: Natural News staff writer

(NaturalNews) Worldwide, glyphosate contamination is rampant. Around 650,000 tons of the chemical, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, were applied globally in 2011. Unsurprisingly, the widely used weed killer is in our water supplies, soil and conventionally grown crops. Now, thanks to independent testing, we’re beginning to understand how glyphosate, a probable carcinogen, accumulates in people. Continue reading Glyphosate testing in Portugal detects highest levels ever recorded in people with no professional exposure

Global Glyphosate Herbicide Market IS Driven by Genetically Modified Crops

Date: 18 March 2016
Author: Christina Sarich

Contrary to biotech claims, GM crops increase pesticide use

Even Harvard has bowed to the Biotech Giants, stating that herbicide use is “ubiquitous” and may or may not increase with the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops. However, GM crops accounted for 45.2% of the global glyphosate market in 2012 and have been increasingly cultivated. Without GMOs, there would be a great decrease in the use of carcinogenic glyphosate. Continue reading Global Glyphosate Herbicide Market IS Driven by Genetically Modified Crops

The Netherlands and Sweden Join France in Anti-Glyphosate Stance

Date:12 March 2016
Author: Christina Sarich

Is Monsanto’s base beginning to crumble?

Monsanto’s Round Up, which contains glyphosate as its main ingredient, was recently named a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO). This means it is going to have a hard time getting re-licensed in Europe. The Netherlands and Sweden recently joined France in an anti-glyphosate stance. Continue reading The Netherlands and Sweden Join France in Anti-Glyphosate Stance

Soil Association Calls for a Ban of Glyphosate Weedkiller

Source:Permaculture UK
Date: 2 Funerary 2016

The weedkiller, Glyphosate, is known as a human carcinogen yet its use has soared 15-fold in the last 10 years since GM crops were introduced. The Soil Association reports.

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The Soil Association is calling for a UK ban on the use of glyphosate which is sprayed on UK wheat as a pre-harvest weedkiller. It kills any unripe corn in the crop to speed up harvesting.

Continue reading Soil Association Calls for a Ban of Glyphosate Weedkiller

Russian group launches large-scale, long-term GMO safety study to test Monsanto’s transgenic corn

Source:Natural News
Date: 26 January 2016
Author: Jennifer Lea Reynolds

(NaturalNews) A study that is estimated to cost $25 million, run over the course of three years and experiment on thousands of rats by feeding them Monsanto genetically modified maize and the herbicide it’s made with is in the works, expected to go into full swing in 2015.

The reason behind the need for the long-term study is explained by Elena Sharoykina, a campaigner and co-founder of the Russian national association for genetic safety (Nags). She’s also the experiment’s coordinator. You might want to sit down for this one, as her response will likely leave many people scratching their heads in confusion.

Continue reading Russian group launches large-scale, long-term GMO safety study to test Monsanto’s transgenic corn