Thursday, December 15, 2011

Monsanto’s Carcinogenic Roundup Herbicide Contaminating Water Supply

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

New research has confirmed what myself and other health-conscious individuals have been saying about Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup — the carcinogenic chemical it contains known as glyphosate has been found to be contaminating the groundwater in areas where it is being applied.

What does this mean? It means that toxic glyphosate is now polluting the world’s drinking water through the widespread contamination of aquifers, wells and springs.

The explosive study that confirmed the contamination effect of Monsanto’s Roundup was published in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry last month, in which researchers discovered that 41% of the 140 groundwater samples taken from Catalonia Spain were actually above the limit of quantification.

This means that glyphosate was actually not breaking down rapidly, despite Monsanto’s claims that the chemical would do so. Without the key ability to readily break down, it is apparent that glyphosate is polluting groundwater in alarming quantities, enough to pose a significant threat to the purity of drinking water wherever it is used.

It is also important to note that due to its resistance to biodegradability, glyphosate may be lurking in nature for a very long time. But is there really cause for concern?

Glyphosate is carcinogenic, genotoxicity, neurotoxicty, hepatoxicity, and nephrotoxicity.

Glyphosate is classified by the the EPA as a Class III toxic substance, and can kill an adult in as little as 30 grams. Even more concerning is the fact that glyphosate, and Monsanto’s Roundup as a whole, have been linked to conditions such as:
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Lymphoma
  • DNA damage
  • Endocrine disease
  • Skin cancer
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
It is clear that even a little glyphosate in your drinking water is dangerous, but we aren’t seeing a little glyphosate in the groundwater samples. Instead, we are seeing the extreme contamination of otherwise pure water, all for the purpose of spraying crops that you eat with Monsanto’s carcinogenic Roundup

It is time for Monsanto to stop threatening public health, the environment, and the future of the planet. Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide should be banned for its adverse impact on health and the environment. 
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CFarer43 said...

In 1983, the Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Virginia were promoting "no-till farming" and the widespread us of Roundup to kill vegetation prior to planting corn and other crops.

I was a director of the Skyline District at the time and had to resign my position because I knew instinctively that Roundup was polluting waterways and groundwater.

Now I feel vindicated by the new findings.

Robyn McComas Magers said...

One would think that it would be in Monsanto's best interest to develop products that preserve life not destroy it. After all human purchasers of Monsanto products = more profit = even larger donimation of this global market.

Wake up Monsanto. Develop something safe for once.

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