A new report written by some top scientists has stated
– without caveats – that Monsanto’s Roundup brand herbicide causes birth
Monsanto’s business model is based entirely on Roundup
– including the genetically modified (GMO) crops that are dominant in the
United States and, to a lesser degree, Canada. So far, Europeans have been slow
to adopt the so-called Frankenfoods; but Monsanto owns the Third World.
The recent report was prepared by a diverse group of
scientists from various countries and their findings are damning. The report is very long,
so it is not reproduced here, but a link is provided below. Some of the key accusations
in the report include:
- Monsanto (and other providers) have known since at
least the 1980s that glyphosate (the active ingredient in this stuff) causes
malformations in test animals when used at high dosage. They’ve also known
since 1993 that these same deformities can occur at low and mid-level doses
- The government of Germany has known since at least
1998 that glyphosate causes malformations
- The European Union Commission’s expert scientific
review panel knew as early as 1999 that glyphosate causes malformations
- The EU Commission itself – not just the scientists –
has known about this since 2002
The new report, entitled Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?, includes
technical detail to show how regulators went out of their way to discount the
studies that produced those early findings, and to make it appear there were no
problems with Roundup.
Part of the problem is that governments have
frequently relied on testing conducted or sponsored by manufacturers
themselves. The studies are done as cheaply as possible, so they use only a few
test animals and very high doses. Companies like Monsanto can then claim the
doses were so high that ‘of course there would be toxicity, but there is no
evidence of toxicity at low doses’. That’s similar to the tobacco companies
arguing their products are safe because of all the smokers who don’t die from
So how much of an issue is this? Well, in North
America Roundup and Roundup Ready crops are everywhere. Substantial residues have been detected in
various crops, farmworkers are exposed in the fields, homeowners who try to
have golf-green lawns expose themselves and their neighbours, roads departments
spray it in ditches to control weeds.
Farmers use Roundup Ready seeds because they are less
work than conventional seeds. Despite Monsanto’s advertising, the crop yields
aren’t any greater, just less work for the farmer and more profit for Monsanto.
Of course, Monsanto doesn’t mention in their advertising that superweeds have
already developed immunity to Roundup.
For the full report – highly recommended reading –
click here. In the meantime, you might want to put some effort into trying to
convince the agri-industry shills – like the Monsanto-infested Obama administration
– to rethink their support for companies like Monsanto.
Paul Richard Harris is an Axis of Logic editor and columnist, based in Canada. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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