Glyphosate is the active ingredient of the most widely used herbicide in the world, and its use is largely associated with crops genetically modified to be resistant to it.
A growing number of scientific studies are showing that glyphosate residues are now everywhere in the environment and may be common in food.
High levels were found in eggs and dairy cream as these animal products are not sprayed directly with glyphosate, indicating that the chemical is entering the food chain and accumulating in the tissues of the animals, too. known as bioaccumulation. If glyphosate can accumulate in the animals we eat, it must also accumulate in humans as confirmed by the finding in children's urine and breast milk.
According to Dr. Anthony Samsel, the bioaccumulation of glyphosate, due to poor incorporation into the protein structure, is disastrous for the biology of all living beings. This herbicide should never have been allowed on the market.
In 2015, the World Health Organization, through the International Agency for Research on Cancer, classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.
But those who defend transgenic crops along with their herbicides say that exposure to the right doses of glyphosate is safe for humans.
All this data crossing generates confusion between consumers and the media is enormous.
The argument that "the dose makes the poison"
This argument used by advocates of herbicides and some media sponsored by transnational agrochemicals, lacks scientific rigor.
Here are the reasons why there is no safe level of glyphosate herbicide residues in our food or beverages:
Babies and young children do not have the ability to detoxify toxins like adults, their kidneys and livers are not yet fully developed.
The EPA's Allowable Daily Intake Levels for exposure to glyphosate were established for a 80-kg man, not for a pregnant mother, infant, or child.
"There is currently no reliable way to determine the incidence of pesticide exposure and illness in American children," according to AAP.
Glyphosate does not wash off, evaporate, dry out or cook, and it has been shown to bioaccumulate in bone marrow, tendons, and muscle tissue.
The well-known Seralini study showed that ultra-low levels of glyphosate herbicides cause nonalcoholic liver disease.
See demonstrated that ultra-low levels of glyphosate are hormonal and endocrine disruptors. Hormonal changes can lead to birth defects, miscarriages, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and mental and chronic illnesses.
Glyphosate has been shown to be chronically toxic and cause organ and cell damage. The final formulations of glyphosate herbicides were shown to be extremely toxic, causing immediate damage at low levels.
Chronic health impacts, such as skin rashes, which can, years later, lead to non-Hodgkin lymphoma are often ignored, especially for low-income or non-English speaking users who are dependent on their occupation. the application of pesticides to survive.
The EPA admitted not having any long-term animal studies with blood tests on the final formulation of any glyphosate herbicide. EPA cannot claim that the final formulation is safe.
For the approval of pesticides and herbicides, the EPA only requires safety studies, by the manufacturer who benefits from the sales, on the only declared active chemical ingredient, in this case, glyphosate. Glyphosate is never used alone.
The main manufacturer, Monsanto, was found guilty of all counts by a San Francisco Supreme Court jury in Johnson v. Monsanto. This included guilty of "malice and oppression," meaning that company executives knew their glyphosate products could cause cancer and withdrew this information from the public.
Clearly, it is time for food and beverage manufacturers to have a zero tolerance for glyphosate residue levels and for the EPA and US regulatory agencies to stop ignoring the science and immediately revoke the glyphosate license.
With information from:
Children’s Heath Defense Coalition Partner
The Epoch Times