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New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 September 2006 11:10
For a long time I've been worried by people's perception that Roundup is safe, and its overuse in "Landcare" activities in Australia - not surprising since the training colleges essentially only teach how to regenerate bush using chemicals .. Project Censored does a good job of uncovering stories that didn't get the media attention they enjoyed, here is there latest on this. New studies from both sides of the Atlantic reveal that Roundup, the most widely used weedkiller in the world, poses serious human health threats. More than 75 percent of genetically modified (GM) crops are engineered to tolerate the absorption of Roundup—it eliminates all plants that are not GM. Monsanto Inc., the major engineer of GM crops, is also the producer of Roundup. Thus, while Roundup was formulated as a weapon against weeds, it has become a prevalent ingredient in most of our food crops. Three recent studies show that Roundup, which is used by farmers and home gardeners, is not the safe product we have been led to trust. A group of scientists led by biochemist Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini from the University of Caen in France found that human placental cells are very sensitive to Roundup at concentrations lower than those currently used in agricultural application.