The Huffington Post reports that “glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides used around the globe, poses a serious threat to public health.
Recently researchers in Argentina are leading the way in the fight against Roundup, 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 Huffington Post, “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.”
Another Argentina 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.”
The Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing the safety of glyphosate and “issued a notice to the company [Monsanto] to submit human health and ecotoxicity data in September 2010.” The EPA will consider Earth Open Source’s findings in their review, which will not be completed until 2015.
Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA24