Weedkiller as a pathway to human disease

The world’s best-selling weedkiller is called Roundup. It’s supposed to be harmless to people but now there’s evidence that it can induce several human diseases.

Roundup (aka glyphosate) is in the news because some of the most popular genetically modified (GM, aka genetically engineered, GE) crops are Roundup Ready. That means they don’t die when sprayed with glyphosate, while weeds die. Here’s some peer reviewed science about how Roundup Ready crops work.

This herbicide, and Roundup Ready crops, are made and sold by Monsanto. Here’s a list of the crops Monsanto invests in. Several of those crops are Roundup Ready. You might choose to follow my ‘glyphosate’ and ‘genetic modification’ tags for more about Monsanto and Roundup.

You might choose also to see some more peer reviewed science. Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff tell us how glyphosate may be a ‘pathway to modern diseases’. These authors call glyphosate a ‘textbook example’ of a toxin likely to contribute to ‘most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.’

Not so harmless now, is it Monsanto? I’m grateful to GM Watch for drawing attention to this story.

[Edit] I’m grateful also to my fellow blogger petrel41 for telling us about a court case in which some of Monsanto’s lies were exposed.

[Edit] Here’s an interview with Dr Seneff about her glyphosate research. I’m grateful to my fellow blogger bearspawprint for linking to this film, and others, about real or possible hazards to human health.

[Edit] And here’s more evidence that glyphosate is poison not only to weeds.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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16 Responses to Weedkiller as a pathway to human disease

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  2. sharonstjoan says:

    Many people disagree with me, and perhaps you do too, but I can never understand why people want to kill dandelions, which are beautiful. There are horrendous commercials showing a bellicose man assaulting the poor little flowers and then feeling victorious and triumphant when he has killed them. What a pathetic human being. So it’s not surprising to learn that Roundup is harmful. After all poison is poison, and if our intent is to kill, then death is what will come back to us.

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  5. May I reblog this?

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