If you are a resident of planet earth and you live in a community that looks something like modern civilization, you have probably been exposed to Roundup. Fear, right?
This herbicide has existed since 1970 when a chemist named John Franz synthesized N- (phosphonomethyl) glycine and named the compound "glyphosate", which was then released to the agricultural market as the active ingredient of Roundup. The remarkable ability of this product to handle persistent perennial weeds catapulted it to commercial success; while the threats they represented to the environment and human health were incorrectly evaluated or ignored completely.
The parent company of Roundup, Monsanto, has existed for decades at the peak of social controversy, with multiple claims against most of its products for its devastating effect on the environment. More recently, fears have arisen that some Monsanto products, such as Roundup, may be responsible for high levels of chronic diseases and, in some cases, death. In 2009, a court in France determined that Monsanto was guilty of falsely announcing that its Roundup herbicide was "biodegradable" and "ecological"; perpetuating claims that "left the ground clean," statements that are overwhelmingly false.
A German of 2011 study analyzed urine samples from a large cohort of Berlin citizens, including journalists, construction workers and lawyers, neither of whom had a physical participation in the agricultural industry nor experienced any direct exposure to glyphosate. The results were amazing: dangerous levels of glyphosate were found in the urine of each subject.
So, what is the cost of Roundup for human ecology and how might it be directly affecting your health? If you have a strong stomach … read on.
Let's start with the theme that most attracts hearts. The high incidence of congenital disorders in regions containing dense GM plantations has raised concerns that glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup are beginning to wreak havoc on the health of our unborn children.
One investigation In neural tube defects suffered by babies born to women living less than 1,000 meters from pesticide applications, a direct correlation was observed between glyphosate and anencephaly, a condition in which a significant portion of the brain, skull and scalp that is usually formed during embryonic development is completely absent.
Other study He conclusively linked the unusually high rates of birth defects in the Minnesota Red River Valley with parents who were employed as pesticide applicators and experienced exposure to high levels of glyphosate.
In a particular horrible case Published in the Journal of Environmental Protection, researchers documented the effects of elevated glyphosate in children of a family of US farmers whose father regularly applied the herbicide to crops on their land. It was revealed that the children suffered a lot of birth defects that included an imperforate anus, insufficient levels of growth hormones, hypospadias (an abnormally placed urinary orifice), heart defects and a micro-penis.
The rate of children diagnosed with autism in the United States has skyrocketed in the last fifteen years, and in doing so, it has adopted a linear relationship with the increase in commercial glyphosate products, such as RounduUp.
Glyphosate has a series of biological effects that align with the known pathologies associated with autism. One of these parallels is the imbalance of intestinal flora observed in autistic children. Glyphosate has a paralyzing effect on beneficial intestinal bacteria that would generally act to suppress pathogenic bacteria, while pathogenic bacteria demonstrate some immunity to these effects.
Glyphosate has also demonstrated a distinct ability to promote the accumulation of aluminum in the brain, further reinforcing the claim that it may be one of the leading causes of autism in the United States.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, announced that glyphosate would be added to the list of substances known to be carcinogenic to humans. A carcinogen by definition it is a "substance or agent that can cause cells to become cancerous by altering their genetic structure." This is a serious problem and, nevertheless, the world authorities that regulate the use and distribution of glyphosate still bow to the whims of multinational corporations; Unquestionably favoring the gains on people.
House-to-house surveys of 65,000 people in Argentine agricultural communities where Roundup is used he found cancer rates are two to four times higher than the national average; With significant increases in breast, prostate and lung cancers.
Other EE UU study performed on children whose parents had been exposed to Roundup during the two years prior to the child's birth, found that their likelihood of developing brain tumors increased by 100%.
The high cancer rates among people exposed to Roundup can probably be attributed to the known ability of glyphosate to induce DNA damage.
How to avoid rodeo
As always, prevention is much better than curing and avoiding Roundup is an achievable goal. If you can only consume certified organic products, without GMOs, meat and dairy products, you are likely to avoid exposure to dangerous levels of glyphosate. However, if you find it difficult to become completely organic, try at least to avoid products made from corn, grains and non-organic rice, as well as the products of animals that have been fed with any of these ingredients.
For more information about the effects of RoundUp, see the new movie. Transgenic wars On FMTV.
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