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keep saying “no” to roundup!

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As if we needed more reasons to avoid Roundup, yet here we are: a new study shows a causative link between supposedly “low” and “safe” doses of the infamous weedkiller and a serious liver disease:

Cutting-edge molecular profiling analyses reveal that the popular weedkiller Roundup causes serious liver damage to rats at low doses permitted by regulators. The findings suggest that residues of glyphosate-based herbicides in food could be linked to rises in the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, diabetes and ‘metabolic syndrome’.

The study was led by Dr. Michael Antoniou at King’s College London and was recently published by Nature. Read more about the worrying results by clicking HERE and remember: when it comes to getting Roundup out of our food system, we cannot bend!

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experts call on feds to reevaluate acceptable risks

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Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement

February 17, 2016, Environmental Health

The broad-spectrum herbicide glyphosate (common trade name “Roundup”) was first sold to farmers in 1974. Since the late 1970s, the volume of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) applied has increased approximately 100-fold.

In response to changing GBH use patterns and advances in scientific understanding of their potential hazards, we have produced a Statement of Concern drawing on emerging science relevant to the safety of GBHs. Our Statement of Concern considers current published literature describing GBH uses, mechanisms of action, toxicity in laboratory animals, and epidemiological studies. It also examines the derivation of current human safety standards.

We conclude that:

(1) GBHs are the most heavily applied herbicide in the world and usage continues to rise.

(2) Worldwide, GBHs often contaminate drinking water sources,precipitation, and air, especially in agricultural regions.

(3) The half-life of glyphosate in water and soil is longer than previously recognized.

(4) Glyphosate and its metabolites are widely present in the global soybean supply.

(5) Human exposures to GBHs are rising.

(6) Glyphosate is now authoritatively classified as a probable human carcinogen.

(7) Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and European Union are based on outdated science.

Read more of the consensus statement HERE.


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study shows air and rain samples in the mississippi delta region contained >75% glyphosate in 2007

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 8.58.14 AMThe US Geological Survey concluded a study in which samples of a variety of chemicals were traced in the air and rain around the Mississippi Delta agricultural region. Glyphosate and its degradation product, aminomethyl-phosphonic acid (AMPA), were detected in ≥75% of air and rain samples in 2007.

Read the abstract of this study HERE and for your viewing pleasure, watch this Jeckyll meets Hyde (it’s mostly scary information, but in a heroic food production light) video by the USGS below!


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2011 US glyphosate (roundup) usage: graphic and statistics

Glyphosate use in 2011Source

Glyphosate is the chemical name for “Roundup,” which is now sold in many non-Monsanto, non-Roundup formulations.
Statistics for Glyphosate usage in the USA:
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Roundup Ready crops – glyphosate-treated acres
Corn and soybeans: 160 million acres
Cotton: 9-10 million acres
Sugarbeets and canola together: 2 to 3 million acres
Alfalfa: about 6 million acre
Total about 180 million acres
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Major non-Roundup Ready crops:
Wheat: 20 million acres
Summer fallow: 7-8 million acres
Sorghum: 2-3 million acres.
Rice: 1 million acres
Total about 30 million acres


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republished and open for peer review: long-term toxicity of a roundup herbicide and a roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize

In 2012, the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology published a study on the chronic toxicity of glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup and GM corn (Monsanto NK603). This study was met with much opposition and after a year of intense pressure, the journal retracted the study.
It’s back! This study has been republished by Environmental Sciences Europe and contains extra material addressing criticisms of the original publication. The raw data underlying the study’s findings are also published. The new paper presents the same results as before and the conclusions are unchanged. 
The republished study is available HERE!
 


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is it in the gluten or is it the glyphosate (round-up)?

 

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From Examiner.com, February 18, 2014

New evidence points to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as the culprit in the rise of gluten intolerance, celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome. A study just published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology (Vol. 6(4): 159–184 ) by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff explains how the nearly ubiquitous use of glyphosate as a crop desiccant is entering our food chain and making us ill.

Pre-harvest application of glyphosate to wheat and barley as a desiccant was suggested as early as 1980 and its use as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest has since become routine. It is now used on all grain crops, rice, seeds, dried beans and peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets. According to thePulse Growers Association in Canada (legume growers), “Desiccants are used worldwide by growers who are producing crops that require ‘drying down’ to create uniformity of plant material at harvest. These products may also assist in pre-harvest weed control. In Canada, products such as diquat (Reglone) and glyphosate (Roundup) have been used as desiccants in pulse crops in the past, and there are new products on the way. ” To read more, click HERE