Active Ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Linked to Cancer, Autism, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s

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According to the authors of a new study, the active ingredient in Roundup – glyphosate – may be “the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.” That’s not great news, considering just how many people coat their lawns and gardens with this stuff every year.

Researchers have concluded that the world’s most popular herbicide, widely used on crops genetically altered to be “Roundup Ready,” is anything but “as safe as aspirin” as Monsanto claims it to be. Instead, the “negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.” Sure, that sounds safe.

The study, published in the journal Entropy and titled “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases,” points to a long list of health disorders that glyphosate could be contributing to, including inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, cachexia, infertility, and developmental malformations. And yet we continue to wonder why incidences of these concerns keep rising year after year; it’s because our bodies and our foods are literally coated with the very chemical causing the problems.

Given the known toxic effects of glyphosate reviewed here and the plausibility that they are negatively impacting health worldwide, it is imperative for more independent research to take place to validate the ideas presented here, and to take immediate action, if they are verified, to drastically curtail the use of glyphosate in agriculture. Glyphosate is likely to be pervasive in our food supply, and, contrary to being essentially nontoxic, it may in fact be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.

And yet, The Nature Conservancy continues to partner with Monsanto and take millions of dollars per year from them. Makes you wonder just who’s side they are on, doesn’t it?

[via Common Dreams]

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