Argentina is leading the way in the fight against glyphosate

Researchers in Argentina are leading the way in the fight against glyphosate, based on the country’s horrible experience with the herbicide.  In the 90′s, the Argentine government promoted the production of genetically modified soy.  According to HuffPo, “Several years after the first big harvests residents near where the soy cop grew began reporting health problems, including high rates of birth defects and cancers, as well as the losses of crops and livestock as the herbicide spray drifted across the countryside.”

An Argentinian study, published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology in 2010, “found that glyphosate causes malformations in frog and chicken embryos at doses far lower than those used in agricultural spraying. it also found that malformations caused in frog and chicken embryos by Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate were similar to human birth defects found in genetically modified soy-producing regions.”

Purdue professor Don Huber wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in February with his finding that “genetically-modified crops used in conjunction with Roundup contain a bacteria that may cause animal miscarriages” and warned that the “pathogen appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings.”

The Agriculture Department wrote Huber in early may, but according to HuffPo, “there’s little evidence that government officials have any intention of conducting the multi-agency investigation Huber requested.”

Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA24

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