Thursday, 3 May 2018

Investigation Finds Unsafe Amounts of Monsanto’s Glyphosate in Common Foods

Shouldn’t your government tell you that a cancer-causing toxin is pervasive in most of the foods in your pantry or refrigerator? More importantly, shouldn’t this toxic substance be banned?
According to data found in internal emails at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and secured through the Freedom of Information Act, the FDA has been conducting tests on the amount of glyphosate on common foods and finding excessively high amounts. They’ve found so much of the toxic pesticide on foods including: crackers, granola and cornmeal, that broccoli is the only food they’ve tested without glyphosate.
The FDA’s Pesticides Laboratory found 6.5 parts per million (ppm) on all of the crackers, granola and cornmeal tested, which is 30 percent higher than the agency’s maximum allowable amount of 5.0 ppm. The test results and other tests for glyphosate levels on foods are around 2 years old but the FDA still has not released any test results to the public, published any public health warnings, issued any demands to reduce the amounts of the pesticides used on food crops or updated their legislation to hold manufacturers, growers or others involved in food production accountable. 
Five parts per million, which the FDA deems as the maximum allowable safe amount for human consumption is already excessively high. NO amount has ever been scientifically deemed to be safe for human consumption. In other words, there is no known safe amount of glyphosate for human consumption, despite what the FDA might tell you…or not tell you if it is playing free and easy with your health and the health of your family and loved ones. And, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t seem to be any better.
According to EcoWatch, the information gleaned during a lawsuit against Monsanto by people suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma suggests possible collusion between Monsanto and the US EPA.  
Glyphosate has been established as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO)—a decision that is further supported by independent researchpublished last month in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The WHO’s International Agency for Research of Cancer reviewed approximately 1000 studies before concluding that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen. The government of California has also listed glyphosate-containing pesticides on its list of cancer-causing substances since July 7, 2017.
The chemical pesticide has been linked to non-Hodkin’s lymphoma—cancer of the lymphatic system—as well as genetic damage to humans. It’s still a mystery why the FDA and EPA haven’t already banned the pesticide when it has also been linked toAlzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autism, infertility, miscarriages, birth defects, chronic kidney and liver diseases, diabetes, heart disease and hypothyroidism.
According to the Organic Consumers Association, Monsanto’s own research shows that glyphosate exposure is linked to many forms of cancer in humans, including: cancers of the pituitary gland, brain, heart, lungs, salivary glands, lymphatic glands, prostate, bladder, thyroid, adrenal glands and skin.
The American Cancer Society considers cancer an epidemic. Currently more than 8 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, with rapidly rising rates of the deadly disease. Of course, there are a number of factors, but increasing exposure to glyphosate through food, air and water may be playing a causative role. There has been a 13 percent increase in childhood cancer incidence over the last two decades.
study published earlier this year in the journal Environmental Pollution found that glyphosate is also linked to harmful changes in gut bacteria in the intestines. The overgrowth of harmful microbes or the destruction of beneficial ones has also been linked to an ever-growing number of health conditions.
According to a report in the journal Social Studies of Science, Monsanto’s glyphosate has even been used as part of the US and Columbian government-sponsored chemical warfare when it was aerially-sprayed over humans, forests, soil, water, pasture and livestock for over 20 years in Columbia.
When it comes to glyphosate-based pesticides, whether exposure occurs through the outright aerial spraying of humans and their food and water or the ongoing assault through daily pesticide consumption in food and water, it certainly seems public health is being destroyed at the hands of corporate interests. And, due to the absence of federal regulation banning the toxic pesticide, it seems that regulators find the current treatment of human beings as laboratory rats an acceptable one—which, of course, it isn’t.  The time is now to ban this toxic pesticide for good.

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