The role of the Monsanto-produced chemical Agent Orange in causing a huge amount of birth defects during the Vietnam War is becoming more well known by the year.
But meanwhile in Argentina, children are still suffering under the weight of the chemical nightmare that has been unleashed upon them, mostly from pesticides and herbicides created by Monsanto and other large agrobusiness outfits.
In order to get to the bottom of what’s been happening, a new study was conducted measuring both the environmental and human health effects of glyphosate and other controversial chemicals.
And as fate would have it, the study has confirmed the worst fears of mothers across the country: miscarriages, birth defects and other horrendous side effects are on the rise in ways that should never be seen in any civilized society — and these chemicals could very well be the culprits.
Birth Defects at Twice the National Average in Chemical Farming Capital
According to this article from the website GMWatch.org, the new study has shown that people living in an Argentine town in the most densely sprayed genetically modified soy and maize growing area are suffering miscarriages at three times the national rate, along with birth defects at twice the national rate.
The study was published in the Journal of Environmental Protection, and comes during the same month in which an Indiana study showed that glyphosate exposure is correlated with shortened pregnancy length.
Research was done on the town of Monte Maíz, which is in the heart of Monsanto and other agrochemical companies’ operations.
Eight different agricultural chemicals used in the area, including glyphosate, chlorpyrifos (a harmful chemical linked to damaging children’s brains that was just approved in the U.S.), and endosulfan II, were all measured for their concentrations in the environment.
In total, glyphosate was by far the highest-concentrated chemical in the region and was found in 100 percent of soil and grain husk samples.
The chemical, deemed a “probable human carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in spring 2015, was found by Dr. Medardo Avila-Vazquez to be the only relevant source of pollution in the town where these birth defects and other birth-related horrors are routinely found, the study’s official text states.
What Argentina’s Plight Could Mean for Concerned Mothers in the United States
Annually, the United States sprays huge amounts of glyphosate on its crops each year: a massive boon for Monsanto and other companies’ bottom lines. But what are the side effects of all this exposure?
Monsanto insists that the chemical (the active ingredient in Roundup which is sprayed on Roundup Ready GMO crops) is safe citing government safety body approvals.
But critics point out the growing research linking the chemical to everything from cancer to birth defects, as these two recent studies have shown.
In Argentina as a whole, about 240,000 tons of glyphosate are used in industrial agriculture according to the GMWatch.org article.
But in the U.S. it’s far higher: a shocking 2.6 billion tons of glyphosate was sprayed in the past two decades, and it’s showing up in everything from rain and drinking water to popular food product samples at levels much higher than what even the government deems safe.
Considering the results of the Argentinian and Indiana studies, it’s worth asking the question: could miscarriages and birth defects in the United States be affected by cumulative exposure to these chemicals?
As far as all countries go, the United States, a highly developed nation spending more money on healthcare than any other by a wide margin, ranked 17th out of 193 countries in terms of the highest amount of miscarriages in 2009.
Meanwhile, Agrentinian children are still suffering from an epidemic of unexplained birth defects, and the study seems to believe that this chemical exposure is a huge reason why, if not the sole reason.
It’s yet another reason why so many people are ditching these chemicals and switching to organic, and why we need to support chemical-free farming more now than ever.
The study was not able to prove causation, but the results are enough to raise more than a few eyebrows to say the very least.
“Our study verified high environmental exposure to glyphosate in association with increased frequencies of reproductive disorders (spontaneous abortion and congenital abnormalities) in Argentine agricultural village(s), but is unable to make assertions cause-effect.
“Further studies are required with designs for such purposes.”