For 20 plus years, Monsanto has said that its proprietary weedkiller Roundup and its main chemical ingredient glyphosate were safe. But in the past several years, a host of studies have linked Roundup and glyphosate to an alarming number of diseases threatening animal and human health, including obesity, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Now officials in the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency are attempting to raise the allowable chemical residue of glyphosate in many important food crops that we eat everyday.
At a time when the Obama administration should be asking important questions about Roundup and glyphosate’s impact on human health and the environment, they are instead working hand in glove with Monsanto to try to raise the residue limits of this chemical that has potentially harmful effects on our health.
Glyphosate is Everywhere: Water, Air and Us
As you probably already know, glyphosate is the key chemical weedkiller that Monsanto’s GMOs are designed to resist. As a result, the majority of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, cotton and canola sold in the U.S. have been genetically engineered to survive the application of glyphosate.
Because of its use on the main commodity crops and lawns across the U.S., glyphosate is found widespread throughout the environment, with glyphosate samples having been collected in 36% of Midwestern streams by the U.S. Geological Survey.
According to the USGS, glyphosate is “the world's best selling herbicide, used in more than 90 countries and on more than 150 crops”. A report by Earth Open Source, found that glyphosate was detected in “between 60 and 100% of air and rain samples taken in the American Midwest during the crop growing season.”
Even more alarming, a recent study by Friends of the Earth Europe found disturbingly high traces of glyphosate in the urine of city dwelling Europeans in 18 different countries.
If the near ubiquitous nature of glyphosate weren’t alarming enough, an increasing number of recent peer-reviewed studies have shown that glyphosate is not as benign as industry and the EPA has promised.
In April of this year, a peer-reviewed study published by an MIT and independent scientist explained, “the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease” include “gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease”.
Just a few weeks ago, on June 10, a separate study found that glyphosate “exerted proliferative effects in human hormone-dependent breast cancer”.
Now, instead of promoting a reasonable scientific review of the impact of glyphosate and GMO crops, the EPA is looking to give a pass to Monsanto and the biotech industry as they continue to promote the use of genetically engineered crops and the toxic herbicide Roundup and glyphosate.
Join Food Democracy Now! in telling the EPA that it’s time to put human health above profits for Monsanto and other chemical companies. Help keep harmful chemicals off your plate - tell the EPA NO to increased residues for glyphosate!
Thanks for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team
1. “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases”, Entropy,
2. Pesticide Tolerances: Glyphosate (Document ID EPA-HQ-OPP-2012-0132-0009), EPA, Regulations.gov
3. “Glyphosate Herbicide Found in Many Midwestern Streams, Antibiotics Not Common”, USGS, Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
4. “Weedkiller Found in Human Urine Across Europe”, Friends of the Earth Europe
5. “Glyphosate Induces Human Breast Cancer Cells Growth via Estrogen Receptors.”, Food Chemical Toxicology,