Governments Ignore Definitive Proof That Monsanto’s Roundup Causes Birth Defects

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Governments Ignore Definitive Proof that Monsanto’s Roundup Causes Birth Defects (The Daily Sheeple, Jan 16, 2014):

Big Agra giants Monsanto, Dow and Syngenta have flatly denied any negative reproductive effects of the best-selling herbicide glyphosate, stating:

Glyphosate does not cause adverse reproductive effects in adult animals or birth defects in offspring of these adults exposed to glyphosate, even at very high doses.

However, in a 2011 Earth Open Source report, eight researchers question whether or not the industry along with government agencies including the European Union are obscuring information on glyphosate’s links to birth defects:

The public, in contrast, has been kept in the dark by industry and regulators about the ability of glyphosate and Roundup to cause malformations. In addition, the work of independent scientists who have drawn attention to the herbicide’s teratogenic effects has been ignored, denigrated, or dismissed. These actions on the part of industry and regulators have endangered public health. They have also contributed to the growing division between independent and industry science, which in turn erodes public trust in the regulatory process. [emphasis added]

The report cites 2010 research which demonstrated that glyphosate could cause birth defects in frog and chicken embryos even at levels much lower than those commonly used in agriculture today. While the EU currently has a maximum glyphosate residue limit in place of 20 mg/kg, some soybeans tested there have been found to contain nearly the limit at 17 mg/kg. The study, however, found that dilutions as low as 2.03 mg/kg caused malformations.

The European Union Commission completely dismissed these findings, citing the German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, which in turn had used unpublished industry studies to back glyphosate safety claims.

Although this research was delivered to the commission, instead of considering it, the EU quietly delayed glyphosate’s official review (along with 38 other pesticides) until 2015, saving glyphosate from having to meet more stringent pesticide regulations that went into force in 2012.

The report reveals that even industry studies have concluded glyphosate is dangerous and causes malformations:

  • Industry (including Monsanto) has known since the 1980s that glyphosate causes malformations in experimental animals at high doses.
  • Industry has known since 1993 that these effects could also occur at lower and mid doses.
  • The German government has known since at least 1998 that glyphosate causes malformations.
  • The EU Commission’s expert scientific review panel knew in 1999 that glyphosate causes malformations.
  • The EU Commission has known since 2002 that glyphosate causes malformations. This was the year its DG SANCO division published its final review report, laying out the basis for the current approval of glyphosate.

In fact, it would appear that the EU has repeatedly dismissed independent findings that glyphosate causes birth defects — as well as a host of other serious issues including cancer, endocrine disruption, neurotoxicity, and DNA damage, in addition to reproductive and developmental toxicity. Earth Open Source notes that most of these studies are also at low concentrations.

In addition, the report notes that glyphosate was only tested by itself as a standalone ingredient. Roundup contains adjuvants and other supposedly “inert” ingredients in a formulation that was not tested before the product was sold. Studies have shown the combination of glyphosate and these adjuvants is actually substantially more toxic than just glyphosate alone. The new EU regulation would have addressed this, but Monsanto is skirting around it with the EU’s delay of the pesticide’s review.

Earth Open Source researchers are concerned that the commission may not fully re-assess glyphosate’s safety in regard to current science until 2030 now. “The beneficiary will be the pesticide industry; the victim will be public health,” the report surmises.

In response to the delay, the Pesticides Action Network Europe and Greenpeace filed a lawsuit against the EU.

What about glyphosate regulations in the U.S.?

Ha! Are you kidding?

At least the EU is going through the motions to appear to protect the people from unlabeled GMOs and toxic chemicals. Our government continues to show it is straight up owned by corporations, and Big Agra is no exception. Have you seen the revolving door chart for Monsanto and the American government lately?

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There’s so many people on it, the creators at Occupy Monsanto had to use an eight-point font. Eventually it’ll be so large, it’ll only be able to fit on a billboard.

Just in the six years from 2001 to 2007, use of glyphosate in the U.S. doubled according to the EPA: jumping from 85-90 million pounds to 180-185 million pounds annually. It far outranks all other most commonly used pesticides out there, likely because of the proliferation of glyphosate-tolerant genetically modified crops in this country.

Despite scads of independent studies showing that glyphosate harms the environment and all the living things in it in a multitude of horrible and carnival freak show ways, the EPA recently approved a Monsanto petition to actually raise the allowable limits of glyphosate on crops — in some cases as much as 3,000%. Hungry yet?

In fact, the so-called Environmental Protection Agency is so lax in regard to glyphosate, that one wonders if it will soon be approved as a new water additive like fluoride or maybe even used as a new sports drink flavor. The agency already allows 0.7 mg/L or 700 parts per billion in the drinking water as it is. Of course, as the chemical’s use becomes even more ubiquitous, who knows what they’ll decide the new “adequate margin of safety” is on a lifetime of consuming water and food tainted with glyphosate.

That’s right, because this stuff bioaccumulates and studies show the new Roundup Ultra is apparently even more ecotoxicological than glyphosate itself! (Yay for us.)

Hell, Syngenta’s herbicide atrazine has already turned up in 94% of nation’s water supply, and that stuff has been found in studies to turn male frogs into demasculinized hermaphrodites even at low doses, so…

(Read Earth Open Source’s full report “Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?” here.)

More important information on Monsanto’s Roundup (containing Glyphosate):

UK Bread And Cereal Bars Found To Be Contaminated With Toxic GLYPHOSATE

El Salvador Bans Glyphosate

Study: Roundup And Glyphosate Toxicity Underestimated

GMO And Monsanto Roundup: Glyphosate Weedkiller In Our Food and Water?

Glyphosate In Monsanto’s Roundup Inhibits Natural Detoxification In Human Cells: Study

Study: New Review Of Hundreds Of Scientific Studies Surrounding Glyphosate Links Monsanto’s Roundup To Autism, Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s

USDA Received Dire Pathogen Warning BEFORE Deregulating GM Alfalfa

Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Linked To Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria

Study: GMO Toxins Found In Nearly All Pregnant Women, Unborn Babies

GMO Technology, Glyphosate Toxicity Leaving Men Sterile

Jeffrey Smith’s Full Presentation On Deadly GMO’s (Video)

FIRST LONG-TERM GMO STUDY: Monsanto GMO Corn & Roundup Cause Massive Tumors In Lab Animals (Video)

Shocking GMO Study: Rats Fed Lifetime Of GM Corn Grow Horrifying Tumors, 70% Of Females Die Early

Study: Roundup Herbicide 450-Fold Diluted Is Still Genotoxic

Illinois Government Secretly Destroys Beekeeper’s Bees And 15 Years Of Research Proving Monsanto’s Roundup Kills Bees

Farmers Sue Monsanto And US Tobacco Giants Knowingly Poisoned Argentinean Tobacco Farmers With Pesticides, Causing ‘Devastating Birth Defects’ In Their Children

Monsanto Secretly Poisoning Population With Roundup – Scientist And Friends Attacked For Exposing Roundup Link To Birth Defects

ROUNDUP: Birth Defects Caused By World’s Top-Selling Weedkiller, Scientists Say

Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World’s Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds

Scientists Warn Of Dangerous New Pathogen From Roundup Ready Treated Monsanto GM Crops Causing Infertility And Spontaneous Abortions

Roundup, GMOs linked to emergence of deadly new pathogen causing spontaneous abortions among animals

Monsanto’s Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health

Study: Monsanto’s Roundup Kills Human Cells (Flashback)

Scientist: Monsanto’s herbicide could cause brain, intestinal and heart defects in foetuses

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3 thoughts on “Governments Ignore Definitive Proof That Monsanto’s Roundup Causes Birth Defects

  1. “When government and business merge, you have perfect fascism…….” Mussolini.
    The destruction wrought to date by greedy corporations are leading us to face our own extinction. BP Oil destroyed the Gulf of Mexico, Monsanto has caused the honey bees to die……without bees, there is no method to pollinate crops, and Fukushima can be placed at the door of TEPCO, providing us endless toxic radiation which is causing all of us in the west to realize our own demise is forthcoming. They have killed the Pacific Ocean, broken the food chain……and the poisons from the man made toxic volcano will destroy life as we know it.
    The Pacific will be totally dead by the end of 2015…….
    Monsanto’s crimes will add to the lack of food…
    Greed kills.

  2. I concur absolutely Marilyn.
    From the moment the Commercial world adopted the well established jewish practice of lobbying for special interest groups, we started our sad and tortuous journey towards global corporate fascism.
    The best movie I saw which predicted the conclusion was Rollerball, with James Caan. Excellent but chilling.

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