The Monsanto Company has continually maintained that one of the cornerstones of its vast agrochemical empire, its best-selling Roundup herbicide, is safe for human exposure.
And yet time and time again, independent research has disproved this notion with studies linking it to cancer and several other serious health problems.
Monsanto originally thought that because animals lack a specific enzyme, ESPS synthase, that they would be immune from the harmful effects of Roundup. But independent science is increasingly showing that it does in fact cause serious harm to humans and animals after all.
As Dr. Jeff Ritterman writes in this article from TruthOut.com:
“The herbicide has been proven to cause birth defects in vertebrates, including in humans, and it may also be the cause of a fatal kidney disease epidemic.
“An increasing number of studies are now linking the herbicide to cancer…”
Cancer Exploding in the “Soy Republic”
Thanks in large part to exposure to Roundup and glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide, doctors have noticed an alarming increase in cancers in the “Soy Republic” in Latin American, where 125 million acres of soy has been planted, most of it GMO and heavily sprayed.
“Cancer cases are multiplying as never before in areas with massive use of pesticides.” said Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, a pediatrician specializing in environmental health, at a recent conference.
A 2010 study undertaken in 2010 by another doctor found skyrocketing cancer rates in the last 15 years, based on data from 65,000 people in Sante Fe, located in Argentina’s soy region.
Lung, prostate and breast cancers were discovered at rates 2-4 times higher than the national average in the area.
For more from Dr. Ritterman and more on the study, as well as several other stories ranging from South America to the United States and Europe linking Roundup exposure to brain cancer, lymphoma, and several other serious maladies, check out the original TruthOut article here.