Friday, July 29, 2016 by Vicki Batts
Glyphosate is the primary ingredient of Monsanto’s best-selling weed killer.
Naturally, when the World Health Organization came forward and reported that glyphosate was a probable carcinogen — the corporate giant refuted their assertion by claiming their research was clearly “biased and inaccurate.”
Fortunately, there is no shortage of evidence to show the dangers of glyphosate exposure. Scientists from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have recently published a study that showcases just how toxic glyphosate really is. The agency is a branch of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that specializes in toxic substances and associated diseases.
The researchers sought to ascertain the effects that parental exposure to glyphosate had on future offspring, and the results were horrifying. Parental exposure to glyphosate up to two years before a child’s conception was linked to an increased risk of developing brain cancer. In fact, the risk of brain tumors actually doubles with glyphosate exposure in that time frame.
It was also discovered that it didn’t matter which parent was exposed to Roundup — the risks stayed the same regardless of whether it was the mother or father. However, women also carry the risk of having glyphosate accumulating in their breast milk, which can carry its own set of problems.
A pilot study conducted by Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse found that glyphosate had an alarmingly high presence in breast milk. In fact, many samples contained 760 to 1600 times higher than the amount of the pesticide allowed by the European Drinking Water Directives. So in Europe, this breast milk would be regarded as toxic.
It is not surprising to also find that when test results of urine and water samples that were also collected during this study were compared to results from a 2013 European study, Americans had at least ten times more glyphosate in their urine than Europeans.
Of all the breast milk samples analyzed, about 30% contained detectable levels of glyphosate — which is likely passed on to the newborns who are consuming it.
Glyphosate is in our food, our water, and our bodies. We, the American people, need to stand up for ourselves and say, “Enough is enough!” It is time to stop giving these evil corporations our hard-earned money in exchange for their toxic products.