Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Are You Eating, Drinking and Breathing Monsanto's New Agent Orange?

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Sayer Ji, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

In a groundbreaking study published in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry last month, researchers found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide “Roundup,” is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is being applied.

The researchers found that 41% of the 140 groundwater samples taken from Catalonia Spain, had levels beyond the limit of quantification – indicating that, despite manufacturer’s claims, it does not break down rapidly in the environment, and is accumulating there in concerning quantities.

Why Is Groundwater Contamination An Important Finding?

Groundwater is water located beneath the ground surface, that supplies aquifers, wells and springs.  If a chemical like glyphosate is mobile enough to get into the groundwater and is intrinsically resistant to being biodegraded (after all, it is being used to kill/degrade living things – not the other way around), significant environmental exposures to humans using the water are inevitable.

Keep in mind that glyphosate is considered by the EPA as a Class III toxic substance, fatal to an adult at 30 grams, and has been linked to over 20 adverse health effects in the peer-reviewed, biomedical literature.

This groundwater contamination study adds to another highly concerning finding from March, published in the journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, where researchers found the chemical in 60-100% of all air and rain samples tested, indicating that glyphosate pollution and exposure is now omnipresent in the US. When simply breathing makes you susceptible to glyphosate exposure, we know we are dealing with a problem of unprecedented scale.

Who Is Responsible For The Groundwater Contamination? 

Monsanto is a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation, presently dominating the global genetically engineered seed market, with 90% market share in the US alone. It is also the world’s largest producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed as “Roundup,” among other brand names.  If you are eating corn and soy, or any of their ten thousand plus byproducts – and it does not have a USDA organic logo – you are getting the Monsanto “double whammy”: the genetic modification (GM) of your health (and gene expression) that follows the consumption of GM food (because we are – literally – what we eat), and ceaseless chemical exposure to glyphosate, as all Monsanto-engineered foods have been designed to be glyphosate-resistant, and therefore are saturated with it.

Is Monsanto's Herbicide A New Agent Orange?

Roundup is not Monsanto's first entry into the systemic herbicide market. Monsanto admits it manufactured the herbicide/defoliant Agent Orange from 1965 to 1969, which Vietnam estimated killed and maimed 400,000 people and resulted in the 500,000 children being born with birth defects.

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The true devastation caused by Agent Orange was covered up for many years. We may find that Monsanto's Roundup, and its primary active ingredient glyphosate, may be causing a similar degree of devastation to both environmental and human health under the lidless, though not very watchful eye (as far as business interests are concerned), of our regulatory agencies.

Indeed, glyphosate is a powerful endocrine disrupter. Exceedingly small amounts are capable of mimicking and/or disrupting hormonal pathways, cell receptor sites and signaling. Research culled from The National Library of Medicine links it to 17 adverse pharmacological actions, including carcinogenicity, genotoxicity, neurotoxicty, hepatoxicity, and nephrotoxicity.

But what is most disturbing, and which may make its comparison to Agent Orange all the more appropriate, is its teratrogenicity, i.e. ability to cause fetal malformations.

As recently as 2004, glyphosate was revealed to exhibit endocrine-disruptive and embryotoxic effects, indicating that it may contribute to birth defects and abnormal fetal development.

Now that glyphosate has been found in the majority of air and rain samples tested in the US, and is now likely contaminating our wells, springs and aquifers, exposure is not only likely, its inevitable -- the difference being only a matter of degree.

Eating, Breathing, Drinking ... Dying

The precautionary principle, which is not employed here in the US, would require that if a company produces a novel chemical compound like glyphosate, and would like to use it commercially, it would have to prove its safety to humans before it is released into the environment.

Animal and cell research clearly shows glyphosate is harmful, but because we use a "weight of evidence standard" in this country, the burden of proof that it is harmful to humans is actually on those being harmed by it.

Had Monsanto been required to prove its safety in humans, it is doubtful they would have been able to. There was already enough damning animal research available, and proving a toxic chemical in human studies would require harming them, which is unethical.

This is why the precautionary principle is so powerful and necessary to protect us from corporations like Monsanto. We would not be eating, drinking and breathing glyphosate today, if it had been employed earlier. Instead, chemical companies use animal experiences to determine a LD50 (the dose at which 50% of the animals die), from which an "acceptable level of harm" is extrapolated and applied to human toxicological risk assessments.

An acceptable level of harm? This way of thinking is abusive, especially when applied to the unborn and infants.

Will it take additional decades of cumulative "acceptable" exposures, and thousands of "mysterious" miscarriages, birth defects, and developmental problems for us to how serious the problem is? Or, should we listen to Monsanto, their scientists, and the governmental regulatory agencies that they populate with elected and unelected officials on their payroll?

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Rompecoglioni said...

They must be charged with Crime Against Humanity

Anonymous said...

Science, They only molest, mutate and pervert everything they touch anymore... They: scientists think they know everything about everything anymore and they are no different than sending a 2 year old child to make and tend a camp fire, We know what would happen, they will get burned and if they don`t burn down the rest of the forest in the process it would be remarkable... They have missed the largest part of any equation they work with in dealing with any part of their quest to find and answer any of their questions, The Creator...

Anonymous said...

This company needs to be shut down.

Anonymous said...

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.

Albert Einstein

Anonymous said...

Monsanto's TERRORIST owners should Be brought up on Felony Criminal charges of TREASON and Homicide against Americans, and the WORLD, If they Weren't CoCONspiritors of the U.N.,; Tri Lateral Commission; C.F.R.; and the Global Elitie cAH Ba'al, the World Court would:
pro se cute them for Silent WAR CRIMES,I have Seen The abominous BIRTH DEFECTS; engineered withIN Agent oRANGE, wE CAN ONLY shudder AT THE INCULCATION, BREWED AND TECHNOCRATICALLY ENGINEERED INTO tTHEIR LATEST Scietific ASSAULT on Mankind, thru Gene ALTERRED Foods, Medicines, Injections and Now NANO Encoded, Murderous, Virtual Meat products, thath their
CoCONspiritors the F.D.A.; D.H.H.S.; and A.M.A.: will be Sure to give the RUBBER STAMP of APPROVAL to; and Swear it's SAFE and Eally GOOD for US and the GOYIM of the World that they Plan to ERADICATE/MURDER under Agenda 21, Rex 84, Georgia Guidestons, and the New World Order of Communist Slavery! May Your Gods Save US, from our PROTECTORS?

Boldarn said...

Thanks for this article ! Monsanto is the largest producer of WMD with it's chemicals ! It is a total stealth mission and a huge part of the global eugenics program . I happen to be one of the thousands of people globally that are severely chemically injured and it is an ongoing nightmare . Check out these sites FYI on this , it is the next global pandemic - by design !
Death to Monsanto and the Gates of hell ! Chemicals are killing us and the planet , not carbon !

Anonymous said...

A customer of mine had a neighbor spray their yard with it. Upon watering the lawn the water crept under their fence and the cats drank it and the dogs laid in it. The cats had severe burns in their throats and the dogs bellies were severely burned. I do not know if any survived. Monsanto is from hell WAKE UP SHEEPLE

Boldarn said...

You are spot on with your comments , Anonymous . Monsanto's poisons are truly torture material . Roundup literally burns through you . People like me with severe MCS are tortured by very small exposure . It is very bad and isolating , no help from anywhere . Natural food and medicine is essential . I have to wear a chemical filter mask and goggles to go anywhere . Discrimination and ridicule are common . Living like this has sent me down many rabbit holes that turned into mine shafts . I'd like to talk with ya somehow ...
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Anonymous said...'s what plants crave!

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Anonymous said...

youtube or go to mercola dot com site for a great interview with Dr. Huber search mercola interview with Dr Huber on this tragedy called roundup long 2 part interview but well worth the listen. . Major issues coming down the pipe or most likely coming to a head.

france said...

(in 2008)To think I had to clean-up Ortho Season Long Max weed and grass killer (oxyfluorifin,diquat,glysophate combo) at work or be fired. It ate the paint off the shelf. The employer said it was non-toxic....the 4 doctors said it was non-toxic...the independent medical examiner, a toxicologist said it was non-toxic. Now what?

Organic Health said...

I find it fascinating, these same chem manufacturers first must file their own toxicity reports for their own manufactured poisons which notoriously are always deemed from the start as being safe, when they are not, (since the BIG Chem corp giants receive little to no direct oversight from EPA who notoriously have demonstrated themselves to Evade,Proturb and Antagonizes us into believing the EPA is here to serve us by protecting us (HA) from both danger and harm when nothing could be farther from the truth. It becomes most obvious the EPA continues to place all of us, or leave us standing directly in harms way. Yet never have there been requisite studies performed by non partisan agencies for safety until it is too late in time once damage is done, that fail to demonstrate or reveal all the known or unknown synergisms ALWAYS that exist formed by all the known released chemicals into OUR environment, so that we; Joe Q Public, are left to stand in harms way to eat, breath, drink, bathe and live in what always becomes the toxic cocktail or toxic soup that eventually is left behind for us to next wallow in, Always has been allowed, always has been created by EPA and Big Chem/Pharma corporations acting in concert, by going to and remaining in bed with each other.
Did you know European Union does not permit the sale or distribution of US GMO food because EU nations scientists (smarter than ours) readily admit, all share same health related safety concerns as to the environmental toxicity and health related safety concerns as to the nature of laboratory Frankenstein foods created by these BIG chem/pharma corporations. Yet due to US treaties held, US trade councils now sanction and monetarily fine EU nations more than $150, 000,000 per annum, for what amounts to US claims are all its lost profits due to US farmers no longer being allowed to sell or distribute their GMO foodstuffs to EU natons...duhhhh!
SO tell me who is in bed with whom? And who do you now believe or trust?

Organic Health said...

See Report, Roundup causing birth defects.

Anonymous said...

Sigh, I trust nothing but myself and my own body. If it is weak, than I die before I would like to, if it is strong, then I die before I would like to. The only concern is to be done with centralize control and leave every aspect open to the individual.

Anonymous said...

MonSanto = My Satan (literally!)

Anonymous said...

Congressmen and Women who are fighting hard to weaken Federal regulations under the EPA are even more responsible because they know all this and continue their fight to protect anti-environmental Oligarchs, who are paying them off through campaign contributions. I read the material, I will try to pass it on...

Jacki Ochs said...

There's a great film just recently re-released on DVD called Vietnam: The Secret Agent, which documents the history of herbicide development, military use and civilian use, and the lasting devastation to Vietnamese people and American veterans and their families. Documents the incredible stone walling of government and chemical manufacturers. Learn from the past. Not much has changed.

Anonymous said...

LOL crazy people. Stop worrying so much about dying and just live your life. Our life span is longer today than at any other time. enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

To the most recent Anonymous starting with "LOL crazy people" Yes, many live longer than their parents did due to advances in medical policies, vacination, medical operations, even dentistry etc. that postpone deaths better than those 10,20,50,100 years ago. However, the polutants of all kinds that we are exposed too do horrible amounts of damage that are entirely unnecessary. Imagine how long we would live if we were not plagued with pesticides, lead, arsenic, asbestos, benzene, and the hundreds of other horrible substances that are completely avoidable, but allowed because they make uncaring companies more money than they'd make if they had to produce clean products. Take fracking. You can drill for natural gas without adding chemicals that keep the equipment from rusting quickly, but it would cost more. And since the drilling company can add deadly chemical that find their way into groudwater... they do just that. It saves them money and screws the rest of us over, leaving us with polluted water tables. Yeah, we live longer, and sicker, too.

Anonymous said...

LOL crazy people. Stop worrying so much about dying and just live your life. Our life span is longer today than at any other time. enjoy it.

It's people like you that let Monsanto and other companies get away with this crap. We are thinking of our future and and our children's future when we fight against. What are you thinking of? You're self?

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