Glyphosate Found To Be Toxic Below Regulatory Safety Limits

shutterstock_135109976The problem with GM foods today is not much because of the technology. It seems to be more of biotech companies not trying to be more transparent with consumers. There seems to be a lot that the biotech companies are hiding from people with regards to their genetically modified products. Their aim to profit seems more important than trying to look out for the welfare of consumers. Some products associated with GM crops are not as safe as they are supposed to be. One recent discovery is that glyphosate, the popular herbicide used for some GM crops, may not be that safe. A review of scientific literature indicates that glyphosate may actually be harmful even at doses below than the regulatory safety limits.

Glyphosate-based herbicides, including the widely used Roundup, are considered as the most widely used pesticides worldwide. Many GM crops have been developed in order to resists its powerful effects in combating pests. This has led to an exponential increase of its use all over the world. It has led to the herbicide found leeching into food and water sources. It became a cause of concern as recent studies seem to indicate that it may be a possible carcinogen as stated by the IARC, the WHO’s cancer agency.

For this study, Dr. Robin Mesnage and colleagues reviewed a number of scientific literature and examined a number of different types of toxic effects of the said herbicide, including kidney and liver toxicity, reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity and carcinogenicity as well as their ability to cause birth defects.

Unlike the regulatory agencies, the researchers considered the study made by independent bodies along with the industry toxicity studies which were conducted in support of regulatory approvals. the new review revealed that the endocrine disruptive effects of glyphosate can occur even below the doses where they are deemed safe in industry studies made for regulatory approvals. Endocrine disruption may increase the risk of developing certain forms of cancer. Surprisingly, industry studies did not conduct any test of low dose exposure for endocrine disruptive effects.

Even more surprisingly, both the US and EU regulators have yet to finalize their endocrine disruption testing requirements. Interestingly, the US Congress has mandated the US EPA to develop an endocrine disruptor screening and testing system even way back in 1996. Yet, the regulators have yet to finalize it all. In Europe, the legislation for endocrine disruptors have been long delayed by industry lobbying.

The conclusions made in the new review seems to say the opposite of what several Monsanto-sponsored reviews indicate, that the herbicide is considered safe.

Dr. Mesnage stated, “This is the first independent systematic and peer-reviewed review to balance the dozens of Monsanto-sponsored reviews of Roundup and glyphosate toxicity, which have concluded that these substances are safe to use. Our review shows that there is a coherent body of evidence showing that toxic effects can occur below regulatory safety limits.”

“Contrary to many claims, the toxicity of glyphosate herbicides has not been thoroughly assessed. For instance, lifelong toxicity tests in laboratory animals have never been done with the complete glyphosate formulations as sold and used. Even glyphosate alone has never been tested throughout the entire lifespan, because chronic tests are not carried out for the whole natural lifespan of the animals but are begun on young adults that are then killed before they get old. Yet clearly human beings are not euthanised at 60 years old. We need a clearer picture of how toxins affect the old as well as the young,” Dr. Mesnage further added.

Source: GM Watch

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