It seems almost weekly that we bring more bad news about Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Sadly, we have more. Your current exposure to the popular weed killer today could affect your offspring tomorrow.
Earlier this year, a jury awarded a $2 billion compensation to a couple who contracted cancer using Roundup. With another 10,000 cases pending, cancer isn’t all consumers need to worry about, according to a new Consumer Reports study.
Research Shows Various Outcomes
After a decade of research, scientists have found that the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, is a pollutant that not only affects our air. They have learned it is affecting our water sources, lingering in our soil and seeping into our food supplies.
At the present time, the U.S. and European regulation agencies have decided these levels are safe for humans. But, they could have an impact on the environment and future generations later on. When is always the question. It is also most difficult to answer and is subject to a myriad of conditions.
We know glyphosate isn’t as safe as the manufacturers of Roundup have claimed since it was patented in the 1970s. The original patent expired in 2000. Globally, however, Monsanto’s Roundup brand accounts for 70% of weed control products on the market.
Evidence of glyphosate’s harm to humans is difficult to interpret. Each study uses a different methodology. However, in 2015, an agency housed in the World Health Organization, concluded that it is likely a carcinogen, although the research upon which they based their conclusions has been determined to be flawed by others in the scientific community.
Glyphosate has caused other health issues in mammals like kidney and liver disease. Scientists have see birth defects in animals that are similar to humans living and feeding off the same water and food supplies infected by glyphosate. What is most disturbing is that glyphosate binds to metals and micronutrients in the body, like zinc and cobalt, in ways that are undetected in conventional tests used by those who regulate pesticides for safety.
Glyphosate Could Affect Our Food and Water
So, while you may not feel any immediate effects or contract diseases from exposure to glyphosate now, it may be programmed into your genetic code and diseases could be passed onto future generations in the form of obesity, prostate disease, ovarian disease, physical deformities and kidney malfunction.
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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!