The evidence of the impact of glyphosate on human and non-human life is finally emerging:
Earth Open Source, A group of independent scientists (think not paid to scientifically support corporations) published a compendium of literature that they called “Roundup and Birth Defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?” stating, “The pesticide industry and EU regulators knew as long ago as the 1980s-1990s that Roundup, the world’s best-selling herbicide, causes birth defects – but they failed to inform the public.”
The report was the by-product of an international collaboration of concerned scientists and researchers, and reveals in shocking clarity how the industry’s own studies show Roundup causes birth defects in laboratory animals. One of the damning studies was even commissioned by Monsanto, the manufacturer of the herbicide.
The findings of the report were summarized as follows:
Industry has known from its own studies since the 1980s that glyphosate causes malformations in experimental animals at high doses
Industry has known since 1993 that these effects also occur at lower and mid doses
The German government has known since at least 1998 that glyphosate causes malformations
The EU Commission’s expert scientific review panel knew in 1999 that glyphosate causes malformations
The EU Commission has known since 2002 that glyphosate causes malformations. This was the year it signed off on the current approval of glyphosate.
No surprises here.
But the real sleeper in Roundup, for me, is that it contains adjuvants which intensify the action of glyphosate, reportedly 125 times. Does this mean the impact on us is 125 times greater than glyphosate alone? It seems the studies on the effects of glyphosate in the presence of the adjuvants has not been studied. Moreover this neglect is routine when it comes to the approval of pesticides and other products.
And Roundup used to be labelled biodegradable.
If I didn’t know Monsanto was such a fine, upstanding responsible corporate citizen, I might even begin to think this was intentional… If you haven’t watched this documentary on Monsanto, I commend it to you. Would you trust a company with this track record? According to Bill Engdahl, it was after a meeting with Monsanto that GWH Bush instructed the FDA to introduce the “doctrine of substantial equivalence”, which allowed GMO products to flow unfettered into the American food chain, with no testing whatsoever. Slowly the world is awakening to the travesty this represents.
Bill Engdahl’s video discussing his book “Seeds of Destruction” is also worth your time.