Originally published May 19 2015
Public glyphosate testing strengthens calls for ban on cancer-causing Roundup
by Jennifer Lilley
(NaturalNews) Monsanto's Roundup, which contains the cancer-causing ingredient glyphosate, has long been under scrutiny among health-conscious individuals. Even the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is a part of the World Health Organization, recently made headlines for its declaration that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans." The IARC also gave the chemical the second-highest classification for cancer-causing substances.
Monsanto, of course, takes issue with the IARC, disagreeing with their classification of glyphosate. "We join fellow members of both the EU and U.S. glyphosate taskforces in our disagreement with IARC's classification for several reasons," a Monsanto news release states. Some of the reasons they list include not enough new data, exclusion of scientific information and their belief that the classification does not show a link between increases in cancer and glyphosate.
Despite their best efforts to brush cancer-causing chemicals under the carpet, saying that "All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health...," the toxic ingredient is thankfully still coming under fire. More people are stepping up, increasing awareness about the health hazards of glyphosate and doing everything in their power to ensure the safety of the planet and the people living on it.
Project under way to urge public testing of glyphosate levels in the body, ban sale of the toxic chemical in the U.S.Enter the Feed the World project, a newly-launched plan that puts pressure on regulators and glyphosate advocates. They're calling for public testing of glyphosate, which is found in Monsanto's Roundup. The project focuses on American women and children, honing in on glyphosate levels that might be found in their urine and in their tap water. Eventually, breast milk will also be tested. The project's test-taking process is outlined here.
"Glyphosate is the backbone of our current agricultural system that supplies us with toxic food, water and air," says Henry Rowlands, Director of Feed The World."We aim to ban glyphosate by allowing the public to inform themselves about what levels of glyphosate are found in their own and their family's bodies. Feed The World will also give a platform to profitable, agriculture alternatives that allow farmers, businesses and governments to change direction towards a better non-toxic future for our children."
Bill to ban sale of glyphosate in the U.S to be presented to U.S. Senate in October 2015Ideally, Feed the World is seeking a ban on the sale of glyphosate-based herbicides in just a few years following a phase-out process of the chemical. In October 2015, they plan to present a bill of rights to the U.S. senate to ban glyphosate sales across the U.S.
According to their web site:
Feed The World has one single aim: To protect women and children from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals in our food and in our environment. Feed The World's first project is to ban glyphosate - the world's most used herbicide. By the end of 2018 we aim to have created enough pressure on regulators and glyphosate producing corporations to see a full ban on the sales of this harmful chemical in the U.S.
If the bill goes through and the sale of glyphosate is indeed banned, the United States would be following in the footsteps of many other parts of the world where the dangerous effects of glyphosates are being recognized and handled accordingly. For example, in Australia, most glyphosate formulations have been banned near water due to findings that tadpoles were affected by the chemical's toxicity. The issue has also been addressed in El Salvador, where Roundup has been banned entirely.
In the past, reports have come out indicating links between glyphosate found in food sources and problems with human health. One popular finding, which was published in the journal Entropy, pointed out that the glyphosate residues found on the millions of acres of food it has been sprayed on play a role in disrupting normal, healthy body functions. In addition to cancers, the chemical has been associated with Parkinson's disease and infertility.
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