Monday, November 8, 2010

Researchers Link Monsanto Roundup Herbicide To Birth Defects

Now a new international scientific team headed by Prof. Andres Carrasco and including researchers from the UK, Brazil, USA, and Argentina have demonstrated that Glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Roundup causes malformations in frog and chicken embryos at doses far lower than those used in agricultural spraying and well below maximum residue levels in products presently approved in the European Union. The Carrasco group was led to research the embryonic effects of glyphosate by reports of high rates of birth defects in rural areas of Argentina where Monsanto's genetically modified "Roundup Ready" (RR) soybeans are grown in large monocultures sprayed from airplanes regularly. RR soy is engineered to tolerate Roundup, allowing farmers to spray the herbicide liberally to kill weeds while the crop is growing.

Carrasco presented his group's findings at a press conference during the 6th European Conference of GMO Free Regions in the European Parliament in Brussels. He stated,"The findings in the lab are compatible with malformations observed in humans exposed to glyphosate during pregnancy."

Widespread reports of human malformations began to be reported in Argentina beginning 2002, two years after widespread aerial spraying of Roundup and planting of RR Soybeans was begun. The test animals used by Carrasco's group share similar developmental mechanisms with humans. The authors concluded that the results "raise concerns about the clinical findings from human offspring in populations exposed to Roundup in agricultural fields." Carrasco added, "The toxicity classification of glyphosate is too low. In some cases this can be a powerful poison."


Article in its entirety:  http://www.sott.net/articles/show/217501-Study-Shows-Monsanto-Roundup-Herbicide-Link-to-Birth-Defects

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