There is a reason that masks are worn while applying herbicides and warning signs are erected upon recently sprayed land plots — herbicide exposure is known to cause serious health complications. New research has recently been released showing that glyphosate, the main active ingredient found in Monsanto’s Roundup Ultra Max, is causing both DNA and cellular damage to cells found in the mouth and throat. Seeing as the inhalation of herbicides and ingredients like glyphosate is very common, this research alone is enough to raise concern over the safety of such substances which are used on a major scale.
Best-Selling Herbicide and DNA Damage
The Institute of Science in Society reports:
…Monsanto’s formulated version of glyphosate called Roundup Ultra Max caused cellular damage and DNA damage including chromosomal abnormalities and ultimately killed the cells at higher concentrations. Importantly, DNA damage occurred at concentrations below those required to induce cell damage, suggesting that the DNA damage was caused directly by glyphosate instead of being an indirect result of cell toxicity.
The research comes shortly after Monsanto’s all-to-popular Roundup has been shown to be killing off human kidney cells — even at low doses. Scientists demonstrated in the research that Monsanto’s ‘biopesticide’ Bt, in addition to Roundup, cause direct toxicity to human cells. They found that at only 100 parts per million (ppm), the biopesticide led to cell death, while it only took 57.2ppm of Roundup to kill half of the cell population in their research. Turns out that the amount of Roundup shown to cause this damage is 200 times below agricultural use.
Although harm caused by glyphosate and Roundup is thought to be experienced only by those spraying the herbicide, Roundup may actually causing harm to millions of people. Roundup is not only sprayed on the food we eat, but it is also used by countless households as a consumer herbicide product. Roundup is so prevalent that it has been found in 41 percent of the 140 groundwater samples tested from Catalonia Spain. Even more concerning, a recent German study found glyphosate in all urine samples tested in concentrations at 5 to 20-fold the limit established for drinking water.
Despite the evidence stacking up against Monsanto, they continue to push their health-damaging products on the public through personal and commercial use.
3 thoughts on “Monsanto’s Roundup is Causing DNA Damage”
There are no signs posted on recently sprayed fields anywhere I know of. And no warning given to the people living around those fields that the field will be sprayed with chemicals.
I think every field should have a sign in it with the dates the field will be sprayed posted on the sign.
That way people living around that field can have the windows shut in their homes and their children inside the day of the spraying. And not be planning any outdoor picnics.
Airplanes let out their loads of weed killer like roundup and other chemicals with no warning at all. I seen our neighbors having a garage sale with a plane letting out loads of weedkiller over and over again flying over their house which was located in the field. The spray drifts in the wind. Roundup is oderless but even though you can not smell it, it is still there in high concentrations just like the article says.
The game is indeed up, evidence is mounting against these bully pesticide manufacturers which is why they are being forced to pay for the current television advertising campaigns to sell Roundup. Do they care? I think not – all they want is to continue reaping massive profits at a huge Global cost to us humans and the environment!