The herbicide Roundup was linked to health dangers in a new peer-reviewed report, published last week in Entropy. The report suggests that heavy use of the world’s most popular herbicide could be linked to several health problems.
Those problems and disease include Parkinson’s, infertility, and cancers. According to researchers, evidence shows that residues of glyphosate — the main ingredient in Roundup — has been found in food.
The weed killer is sprayed over millions of crops worldwide each year. The residues can enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment.
The report was authored by Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant from Arthur D. Little, Inc. The study added:
“Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”
The report follows warnings by environmentalists, consumer groups, and plant scientists from several countries, who have warned that heavy use of the chemical glyphosate is causing problems for humans, animals, and plants. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is also currently conducting a standard registration review of the chemical.
The EPA has set a deadline for 2015 to determine whether glyphosate use should be limited. The new study linking Roundup to health dangers is among several comments submitted to the governmental agency.
Along with its use on lawns, gardens, and golf courses, Roundup herbicide is also used on several million acres of crops in the United States each year. Monsanto is the developer of both Roundup and a host of crops that are genetically modified to withstand being sprayed with the weed killer.
Farmers plant the biotech crops — which include corn, canola, soybeans, and sugarbeets more often than other seeds — because they can spray the herbicide directly on the plants without worrying if it will harm them. Monsanto, along with other leading industry experts, have also said that glyphosate is proven safe.
They also assure that the chemical has a less damaging impact on the environment than other commonly used chemicals. Herry Steiner, Monsanto’s executive vice president of sustainability, was recently questioned about the study linking Roundup to health dangers. He responded by saying, “We are very confident in the long track record that glyphosate has. It has been very, very extensively studied.”
According to EPA data, as much as 185 million pounds of glyphosate was used by farmers in the United States in 2007.
Do you think that Roundup could be linked to health dangers? Should we limit the use of glyphosate or not?