Glyphosate may be the motivating factor for the autism rate increase projected by 2015. MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory’s Dr. Stephanie Seneff said that half of the children in the United States will be born with autism in the next decade.
Autism and glyphosate are linked, according to Dr. Stepanie Seneff, and a host of other researchers who have studied the chemical, which is very popular with biotech giants like Monsanto and Syngenta. Dr. Seneff asks the following.
“Is there a toxic substance that is currently in our environment on the rise in step with increasing rates of Autism that could explain this?… The answer is yes, I’m quite sure that I’m right, and the answer is glyphosate.”
Glyphosate can pass through breast milk and may cause an adverse health impact on a mother and her baby, according to a recent pilot study. Glyphosate is the primary active ingredient in Monsanto’s top-selling weed killer, Roundup, and is found in other pesticides and herbicides. The Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse study is the first such report to investigate the issue.
Dr. Seneff believes that urine tests show that Americans have 10 times the amount of glyphosate in their systems as their European counterparts. Glyphosate is a “deceptively simple molecule” that kills plant life by interrupting the shikimate pathway that pest plants (weeds) need to maneuver in order to survive, the MIT scientists explains. Since human cells do not possess the same pathway, biotech scientists and others in the health and agriculture fields think that it is safe to expose humans to glyphosate, the doctor contends.
The research team found “high” levels of glyphosate in three out of 10 breast milk test samples. The findings in the report indicate that the ingredient often used on genetically modified crops does indeed accumulate in human tissue. Dr. Seneff said the following.
“Autism is not a trivial thing to have, for those of you who know people who have children with autism — it can be a very severe disability.”
She also feels that signs and symptoms routinely present in autistic children, zinc and iron deficiencies, as well as seizures, could be indicative of excessive glyphosate exposure.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is now urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), to ban the use of glyphosate nationwide.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, most of the soybean and corn crops grown in the United States are of the GMO variety and are commonly sprayed with Monsanto’s Roundup. Many Americans are likely consuming glyphosate by the fistful, even though they do not spray their own property with the biotech product. Since 1996, the use of Roundup has increased in the US from 15 million pounds per year to 159 million pounds in 2012 — the most recent figures available.
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