“It’s Not the Zika Virus” — Doctors Expose Monsanto Linked Pesticide as Cause of Birth Defects

zika_fearBy Jay Syrmopoulos

As fear mongering about the Zika epidemic runs rampant, separate organizations of doctors from Brazil and Argentina are directly challenging the notion that the Brazilian Zika virus outbreak is at the root of the recent increase in microcephaly birth defect cases.

After the dramatic increase in congenital malformations, the Brazilian Ministry of Health moved quickly to link the phenomena to the Zika virus epidemic. Microcephaly is a congenital condition in which a baby’s head develops abnormally small.


In spite of all the media hype surrounding the mosquito-borne Zika virus and microcephaly, there has yet to be a scientific link proven between the two.

In a recent report by the Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns (PCST), the group revealed that the area in which most of the afflicted persons live had been sprayed with a larvicide known to cause birth defects.

The chemical, pyriproxyfen, was added to the state of Pernambuco’s drinking-water reservoirs in 2014, by the Brazilian Ministry of Health, in an effort to stop the proliferation of the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The report by PCST revealed that the pesticide, sold under the commercial name SumiLarv, is manufactured by Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese subsidiary of Monsanto.

Pyriproxyfen is a growth inhibitor of mosquito larvae, which alters the development process from larva to pupa to adult, thus generating malformations in developing mosquitoes and killing or disabling them. It acts as an insect juvenile hormone or juvenoid, and has the effect of inhibiting the development of adult insect characteristics (for example, wings and mature external genitalia) and reproductive development. It is an endocrine disruptor and is teratogenic (causes birth defects).

Malformations detected in thousands of children from pregnant women living in areas where the Brazilian state added pyriproxyfen to drinking water is not a coincidence, even though the Ministry of Health places a direct blame on Zika virus for this damage, while trying to ignore its responsibility and ruling out the hypothesis of direct and cumulative chemical damage caused by years of endocrine and immunological disruption of the affected population,” according to the report by Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns.

In addition, to the report by PCST, in January 2016, the Brazilian Association for Collective Health (ABRASCO) published an open letter to the people of Brazil, questioning the linear analysis carried out by Brazil’s Ministry of Health, which linked the emergent congenital malformations to Zika.

The group took issue with the ignoring of other factors that could have a direct influence on the problem and worked to minimize the fact that the widespread epidemic in the Pacific and the current epidemic in Colombia, resulted in no cases of malformations, much less microcephaly.

According to the report by PCST:

Previous Zika epidemics did not cause birth defects in newborns, despite infecting 75% of the population in those countries. Also, in other countries such as Colombia there are no records of microcephaly; however, there are plenty of Zika cases.

While there has been no shortage of theories as to the origin of the virus, the World Health Organization has been careful to not link microcephaly directly to Zika. “Although a causal link between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly has not, and I must emphasize, has not been established, the circumstantial evidence is suggestive and extremely worrisome,” WHO General Director Margaret Chan announced last month.

The WHO has officially declared Zika a global health emergency and officials are carefully monitoring the rapid spread of the virus. Scientists are currently racing to develop a vaccine.

Jay Syrmopoulos is a political analyst, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, Raw Story, MintPress News, as well as many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

  • gozounlimited

    Pyriproxyfen is one of Monsanto’s ‘gene drive’ products that is designed to allow the genetic alterations to spread like a virus through the host population, be it plant or animal, leading to concern by many scientists that this self-replicating technology could be used to make GMOs become sophisticated and secretive biological weapons against everything from crops and livestock to humans.

    The claims by the scientific community is that this gene drive technology is being developed to help eliminate problems like mosquito-borne diseases and other international health problems. Despite these claims which are being made, publications like the Independent (U.K.) have also warned that gene drive could also make global health problems even worse. They could also irreversibly contaminate the whole food chain with their GM traits

    A group of 27 highly-respected geneticists recently sent a letter to the journal Science, urging the scientific community to more seriously consider the colossal impact that gene drive technology could have on the environment and human health. What this technology will do is allow genetic butchers to set off an unstoppable chain reaction which could completely change an organism in a matter of just a couple generations.

    “Using New GMO “Gene Drive” Technology Could The Be Most Devastating Biological Weapon” GMO Free Gazette

    • WorBlux

      WTF are you talking about? Pyriproxyfen is a pyridine-based pesticide introduced nearly 20 years ago.

  • FuccTheCops

    why people aren’t killing monsanto and it’s employees is baffling

    • Yvonne Forsman

      That anybody can work for Monsanto is baffling.

  • Tom Bowshall

    lost my appetite for food and news, it’s all puke invoking.

  • Yvonne Forsman

    It would be interesting to find out how much money Monsanto used to bribe the Brazil Ministry of Health employees.

  • Tont Davies

    Monsanto doesn’t make or sell the chemical — are you all completely stupid

    • John Cook

      Did you confirm that?

      • ron R

        I guess he can’t!

        • John Cook

          :)

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