Mr Paterson, please note: more evidence that glyphosate causes genetic damage

16 Jul

round-upMonsanto produces seeds which grow into plants genetically engineered to be tolerant to the herbicide glyphosate – Roundup Ready crops. Soy was the first crop to use this technology.

Though several studies have not found that glyphosate causes genetic damage, last year one did: see Agricultural and Biological Sciences » “Herbicides – Properties, Synthesis and Control of Weeds”, published in 2012. See Chapter 14, Forty Years with Glyphosate, by András Székács and Béla Darvas.

A few days ago, Science Direct reported that genetic damage has been found in soybean workers exposed to pesticides, in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (RS, Brazil), especially in the city of Espumoso.

Glyphosate and 2,4-D were among the herbicides used by the exposed group. 2,4-D is increasingly used to combat glyphosate-resistant weeds in GM soybean fields.

Gradually – despite the industry’s power – the truth about glyphosate is emerging; how many more will suffer before such substances are banned?

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