When it comes to Monsanto and its flagship herbicide Roundup, the big question is whether the World Health Organization’s alarming designation of its active ingredient as a “probable carcinogen” will stick.
The designation, based on studies of the chemical glyphosate, was passed down in Spring 2015. Monsanto denies the claim stating that there is much research to the contrary. Critics point out that studies with industry ties are often used in order to determine its alleged safety while independent studies often show the potential for serious harm.
Now, another new piece of evidence has come out linking Roundup to causing harm in lab animals — and this time it’s yet another health problem that is becoming surprisingly common in the United States.
According to a new article from the website Sustainable Pulse titled ‘Groundbreaking Study Shows Roundup Herbicide Causes Liver Disease at Low Doses,’ glyphosate-based Roundup, the best-selling Monsanto herbicide, is capable of causing fatty liver disease to lab rats even in very low doses.
The study was the second recently done by a team led by Dr. Michael Antoniou, both of which included molecular biologist Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini (whose landmark study linking GMOs and tumors in lab rats was controversially retracted and then republished by another peer-reviewed journal).
Both studies utilized a cutting-edge new molecular profiling technique which in this case was able to study the composition of the livers of female rats in thorough detail.
What the researchers found was alarming — the animals, given an extremely low dose of Roundup over a two year period, suffered from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Making matters even more concerning is that the dose given was “thousands of times below” what is permitted by regulators worldwide, the Pulse article noted.
In this case, the full study was published in Scientific Reports, an open source journal from the publishers of Nature. From the article:
“The results of this study demonstrate that long-term consumption of an ultra-low, environmentally relevant dose of Roundup at a glyphosate daily intake level of only 4 nanograms per kilogram of body weight per day, which is 75,000 times below EU and 437,500 below US permitted levels, results in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
“Regulators worldwide accept toxicity studies in rats as indicators of human health risks. Therefore, the results of this latest study may have serious consequences for human health.”
For more information, including a four-point synopsis of the events leading up to the current study, check out the Pulse article here.