US Study Links Heavy Use of Roundup to Disease

A new peer reviewed study has suggested that there could be links between extensive use of the Monsanto Herbicide Roundup and health problems/disease such as Parkinson's, infertility and cancers. The study reports that evidence indicates residues of glyphosate, the chief ingredient in Roundup, have been found in food. Such residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment, disrupting normal body functions and inducing disease. This will come to as no surprise to environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists who have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is causing problems for plants, people and animals. Yet Jerry Steiner, Monsanto's executive vice president of sustainability, sees no cause for concern “We are very confident in the long track record that glyphosate has. It has been very, very extensively studied,” he said when asked about the study. Currently the Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a standard registration review of glyphosate and this study is among many comments to be submitted. More information can be found here.

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