You think that’s a harsh title? Labeling Glyphosate as a killer of weeds is one thing but I’m talking about a slow, invisibly silent killer of people!
(see the chart below)
You may reach the same conclusion that I did.. The blue line indicates Glyphosate related (damage to people) and the red line tracks the spraying of Glyphosate on Corn and Soybeans in the U.S. from the beginning (early 1990’s) to the year 2014. Another NO BRAINER!
“We now live in a world where it is considered beneficial and necessary to spray poison over all our food and to add more poison (dye, preservatives, flavor enhancers, etc) in processing our food.
Then we take more poison to counteract the poisons.
“Beam me up Scotty, the inmates are insane.”
Dr Nancy Swanson; on the history of how corporations have successfully changed the laws in the US to poison our food (03/04/2014):
Three different patents have been filed and granted for glyphosate:
- As a chelator of heavy metals and a wetting agent in 1961(1) [US3160632]
- As a herbicide in 1968(2) [US3455675]
- As an antibiotic in 2002(3) [US7771736]
- As an anti-protozoal agent in 2003(4) [US7771736]
Glyphosate has been sprayed on Corn and Soy crops in the United States since 1990
Source: United States Environmental Protection Agency
Independent research shows that glyphosate,(5) (together with atrazine (6)) are endocrine disruptors, yet an assessment of the State of Science of Endocrine Disruptors was prepared for the United Nations Environment Program and the World Health Organization by a group of approximately 50 expert scientists. This eminent body failed to reach a conclusion on atrazine, and did not even consider glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world.(7) There is something wrong with the State of Science.
Chelation of metals The Sri Lankan Government has recently banned glyphosate because researchers showed that the epidemic of kidney disease in rice paddy fields which started in 1994 was due to glyphosate being used in geological areas with heavy metals and hard water. “Glyphosate acts as a carrier or a vector of these heavy metals to the kidney,” said Dr Jayasumana, the study’s principal author.(8) You can read an interview with the author(9) to find out how he proved the link between the world’s number one selling herbicide known as Roundup® (Glyphosate) and a series of mysterious epidemics of fatal chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) affecting several poor farming regions around the world. Eleven countries on three continents are affected by CKDu. This includes sugar cane workers in Central America and Louisiana where glyphosate, sprayed by air 6 weeks before harvest, is used to ripen the sugar cane.(10) The aerial spraying of glyphosate could also explain the mass extinction of amphibians across Central America from chytrid fungus.(11)
Asked to explain the lack of concern by authorities he said “This is not a disease of the Western World; hence, a low visibility in print and electronic media.” But he is wrong. Chronic kidney disease is an increasing problem in the Western world and glyphosate may be playing a role in this epidemic.
In a Review article by Samsel & Seneff: Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac Sprue and Gluten Intolerance,(12) the plot of deaths due to end-stage renal disease in the US aligned with glyphosate usage rates on corn and soy shows strong correlation. In the UK, the incidence of sudden loss of kidney function has increased dramatically. On 28/08/2013 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said that acute kidney injury (AKI) costs the NHS between £434m and £620m a year – more than it spends on breast, lung and skin cancer combined.(13) “Only half of patients with AKI had received ‘good’ care, with delays in diagnosis due to only a third receiving adequate investigations…Between 262,000 and 1 million people admitted to hospital as an emergency in a year will have AKI, of which just under a quarter will die.”