A delegation of independent scientists have urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban Monsanto’s flagship weed killer Roundup.
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What’s the Problem?
June 17, 2016 – Providing testimony that Roundup poses an unreasonable environmental and public health threat, scientists spoke with EPA officials in a closed meeting at the O’Neill House Office Building in Washington, D.C. The scientists laid out the physiological reasons why exposure to glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — can increase the risk of autism, Alzheimer’s, cancer, birth defects, obesity and other serious health problems.
“When a cell is trying to form proteins, it may grab glyphosate instead of glycine to form a damaged, mis-folded protein,” said Dr. Stephen Frantz, a pathobiologist research scientist that led the team. “After that it’s medical chaos. Where glyphosate replaces glycine, the cell can no longer conduct business as usual causing unpredicted consequences with many diseases and disorders as a result.”
Roundup also damages a crop’s ability to extract carbon from the air, a fundamental component of climate change.
“Glyphosate negatively affects the soil microbiome,” Frantz said. “It is destroying the ability of soil to be a nutritive medium for producing crops…We call for a ban on glyphosate.”
Frantz also said that Roundup is a patented antimicrobial. “By eating glyphosate-laden foods, we are exposed to a chronic, low dose antibiotic. This is likely causing antibiotic resistance and superbugs.”
At least 300 million pounds of Roundup are sprayed on U.S. crops each year, and nearly half of Monsanto’s annual sales (about $5 billion) come from the weed killer, according to the Huffington Post.
Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt was also at the meeting in Washington. Her son was diagnosed with autism, allegedly the result of his consumption of processed foods, until his mother switched to an all-organic diet.
“Mothers and caretakers are seeing their loved ones get sick on GMOs and glyphosate/herbicide sprayed foods and get better when they avoid them,” Honeycutt said. “Because glyphosate is contaminating our urine, water, breast milk and nearly all our foods, we are systematically causing sickness throughout America. For the sake of our country, this must stop. We simply cannot afford glyphosate.”
The Deputy Director of EPA’s Pesticide Programs said it could take until late next year before a decision is made on whether the agency will re-register glyphosate for continued use in the U.S. Frantz is demanding immediate action because he views use of the chemical as outright poisoning of our food sources and environment.
“By the end of 2016, the EPA will have something done and then comment periods, and then there’s another step, and there’s more comment periods, and this is like business as usual,” Frantz said. “The evidence we presented about this chemical being a glycine analog, that really should excite people. And I didn’t see any excitement. It should upset people.”
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