Saturday, March 17, 2012


"Brand-new investigation unveiled in advance of print and published in the journal Archives of Toxicology shows that Roundup, the most prevalent formulation of the herbicide glyphosate, isn't just more toxic than its constituent ingredients, but is able to damage DNA within a human cell line even when diluted down to 450-fold lower concentrations than presently used in GMO agricultural applications. In the researchers' own words, Roundup has "genotoxic effects after short exposure to concentrations that correspond to a 450-fold dilution of spraying used in agriculture. "

monsanto_lasso.jpgGlyphosate is the best selling herbicide in the world and has been recognized as having a broad array of probable damaging health effects. These symptoms are largely minimized and/or under-reported and include over two dozen diseases. Glyphosate's principal properties of concern are its carcinogenicity, genotoxicity and endocrine disruptive actions. Roundup is made up of a surfactant known as polyoxyethyleneamine which performs to reduce the surface tension between Roundup and the cells exposed to it, making the cellular membranes more permeable to absorbing glyphosate and other chemicals within the formula. The surfactant in Roundup may consequently be responsible for escalating the toxicity of glyphosate by many orders of degree higher than it exhibits by itself.

This innovative analysis sheds light on a primary dilemma connected with toxicological risk assessments of agrichemicals, namely, these assessments do not take into account the simple fact of synergistic toxicologies, i. e. the amplification of damage associated with numerous chemical exposures taking place at the same time. Moreover, toxicological risk tests on chemicals are based on the concept of determining "an acceptable level of harm, " instead of safeguarding those who would be subjected to a chemical by utilizing the precautionary principle, i. e. if there is reason to believe that a chemical could cause harm (determined by animal and in vitro studies) then they should be regulated as if they do cause harm to humans. The precautionary principle would demand that the manufacturers of these chemicals demonstrate their product is safe to humans before being allowed to release it onto the market or into the environment, rather than putting the burden of proving it unsafe on the consumer and/or exposed populations, as is presently the case.

Glyphosate exposure is now all-pervasive due to the fact that 88, 000 tons of it were used in US in 2007 alone, and likely billions of additional pounds globally. Accumulating proof indicates it is resistant to biodegradation and now contaminates the air, rain and groundwater throughout the areas where it has been applied."

Roundup Diluted by 450-Fold is Still Toxic to DNA

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