A survey shows that exposure to potentially health-threatening levels of glyphosate has escalated over the past 20 years, yet regulators are turning a blind eye, writes Professor David Schubert
EXCERPT: The current situation with glyphosate-based herbicides is directly analogous to that of DDT, asbestos, lead and tobacco, where industries were able to block regulatory actions for many years by perpetually muddying the waters about their safety with false or misleading data. Now, however, lawsuits against the industry by individuals who believe that their cancers (a type known as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) were caused by glyphosate herbicide exposure are uncovering documents that call into question the previous safety claims.
A hidden epidemic
by Professor David Schubert
GMOScience, March 17, 2018
* A survey shows that exposure to potentially health-threatening levels of glyphosate has escalated over the past 20 years, yet regulators are turning a blind eye, writes Professor David Schubert
San Diego scientists are helping to expose a major public health hazard that affects every person in the nation. In 2017 Dr. Paul Mills and associates at the University of California School of Medicine, San Diego published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showing that the amount of the probable carcinogen glyphosate in people has increased enormously over the last 20 years. The data are from urine samples from the Rancho Bernardo Study of Healthy Aging that was started in 1972 to follow the lifetime health of adults in the community at that time.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in herbicides such as Roundup. In the US, glyphosate is used in the commercial production of crops genetically modified to survive being sprayed with the herbicide – currently that’s 94% of soybeans and 89% of corn. In addition, glyphosate-tolerant “Roundup Ready” varieties of genetically modified (GM) sugar beet, cotton and canola also dominate the North American agricultural sector. Testing by the US Department of Agriculture in 2011 revealed residues of glyphosate in over 90% of 300 soybean samples. ...
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