Thursday, 8 June 2017

Heavy use of herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers-U.S. study| Reuters

* Study says chemical residues linked to disease

* Roundup developer Monsanto says glyphosate is safe

* Researchers say more study is needed

By Carey Gillam

April 25 Heavy use of the world's most popular

herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health

problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and

cancers, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the

scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that

residues of "glyphosate," the chief ingredient in Roundup weed

killer, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has

been found in food.

Those residues enhance the damaging effects of other

food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to

disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, according to< br>
the report, authored by Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist

at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony

Samsel, a retired science consultant from Arthur D. Little, Inc.

Samsel is a former private environmental government contractor

as well as a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

"Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests

slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems

throughout the body," the study says.

We "have hit upon something very important that needs to be

taken seriously and further investigated," Seneff said.

Environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from

several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is

causing problems for plants, people and animals.

The EPA is conducting a standard registration review of

glyphosate and has set a deadline of 2015 for determining if

glyphosate use should be limited. The study is among many

comments submitted to the agency.

Monsanto is the developer of both Roundup herbicide and a

suite of crops that are genetically altered to withstand being

sprayed with the Roundup weed killer.

These biotech crops, including corn, soybeans, canola and

sugarbeets, are planted on millions of acres in the United

States annually. Farmers like them because they can spray

Roundup weed killer directly on the crops to kill weeds in the

fields without harming the crops.

Roundup is also popularly used on lawns, gardens and golf


Monsanto and other leading industry experts have said for

years that glyphosate is proven safe, and has a less damaging

impact on the envir onment than other commonly used chemicals.

Jerry Steiner, Monsanto's executive vice president of

sustainability, reiterated that in a recent interview when

questioned about the study.

"We are very confident in the long track record that

glyphosate has. It has been very, very extensively studied," he


Of the more than two dozen top herbicides on the market,

glyphosate is the most popular. In 2007, as much as 185 million

pounds of g lyphosate was used by U.S. farmers, double the amount

used six years ago, according to Environmental Protection Agency

(EPA) data.

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