It goes without saying that the Roundup and glyphosate markets are huge for the Monsanto Company: they sold about $4.76 billion worth of the chemicals in the fiscal year 2015, resulting in $1.9 billion in gross profit from herbicide products.
But that market has been under fire in recent years, sparked by a 2015 finding by the IARC of the World Health Organization that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen.”
Now, amid news that Monsanto has been colluding with government officials to twist and bend the “science” of these chemicals in their favor, a new report has been released exposing Roundup and glyphosate in a different way.
Roundup, Glyphosate More Damaging Than Most People Realize
According to the report, which was released by the As You Sow organization, Monsanto’s Roundup is ubiquitous in the environment, and the company’s genetically engineered crops are the biggest reason why.
While GMOs are banned in over 30 countries across the world, Monsanto’s U.S. grown GMO crops (corn, soy, canola, sugar beets, and cotton are the biggest ones and account for about 90% of all crops of these varieties or more) have been genetically engineered in laboratories to withstand large sprayings of the chemical concoction. It’s a a brilliant business model by Monsanto, albeit one that is greatly impacting the environment in a negative way.
These GMO crops are the largest driver of glyphosate/Roundup sales in the U.S., according to the report as mentioned in this article by EcoWatch.
Glyphosate is also a major threat in wheat according to the report, which highlighted the use of the chemical pre-harvest as a major source of potentially harmful exposure. The organization has worked with Kellogg’s and the company is now agreed to investigate the pre-harvest use of glyphosate in its cereal products. The practice is banned in Germany and Austria.
The report also mentions the continuing rise of glyphosate-resistant superweeds (a problem Monsanto has mainly attempted to solve by using more harsh toxic chemicals), the pervasiveness of glyphosate in the environment (about 93% of people and 60% of surface water in the Midwest were carrying glyphosate according to a recent UCSF biomonitoring study), and information on a major 2017 world report showing that pesticides are not necessary to “feed the world” after all, a continuing Monsanto talking point.
All things considered, the report paints a picture of Roundup as an “unnecessary” (according to the EcoWatch article) and highly damaging, persistent toxin that has been released into our environment in huge amounts while Monsanto has profited handsomely.
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