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October 25, 2010 at 1:00 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Is Roundup Linked to Birth Defects?


Roundup? Linked to birth defects? That seems impossible, doesnt it? After all, Roundup is a chemical that has been used since the 1970s by homeowners, large crop farmers, small companies and large companies the world over to eradicate weeds. How is it possible that study tests were not conducted back then?

The Roundup Cover Up

Unfortunately, its true. Roundup does cause birth defects, reproduction problems and cancer. While the testing has only been conducted using small amounts of Roundupless than the recommended dosageand while the laboratory animals have been amphibians and small critters such as mice and rats, the results are staggering. According to information filed by Dr. Andres Carrasco, a professor and researcher at the University of Buenos Aires, We injected the amphibian embryo cells with glyphosate diluted to a concentration 1,500 times than what is used commercially and we allowed the amphibians to grow in strictly controlled conditions. On the side where the contaminated cell was injected you can see defects in the eye and defects in the cartilage. Some defects included an eye that was as large as the frogs head, kidneys they were not fully formed or were malformed, as well as spinal deformities.

Roundup Ready Crops

Roundup is a pesticide and it does leave residue on the crops, residue that is then ingested by humans. Monsanto is the leading manufacturer of genetically modified (GM) crops, which are often called Roundup ready crops, because they have been altered to an extent that Roundup does not harm them. Because Roundup is intended to destroy any green leafy vegetation it touches, and these particular GM crops are not harmed by this pesticide, several doses of Roundup throughout a season can be applied without worry. So, when Roundup ready crops are planted, they are often doused in Roundup, and the unsuspecting farmer, his family, the soil and the critters and insects in the field, as well as the families who ingest the crops and their unborn babies, become the victims. Perhaps even more heartbreaking is the fact that Monsantos GM crops are cross-pollinating into nearby fields of organic crops every time the wind blows. Even if you dont want to grow Roundup ready GM crops, you may end up doing so. Should Monsanto discover its patented crops growing on your field, they can sue you. Doesnt this make Monsantos patent bad all the way around? Roundup ready crops are detrimental to the environment, the health of those who ingest them in their day to day diet, and the unborn babies growing in the wombs of women who are ingesting these products, or who are unlucky enough to be nearby when Roundup is sprayed on the fields of GM crops, along the neighbors fence, or in their own garden. And according to an article in Organic Gardenings July 2000 magazine, Roundup (glyphosate), accounts for half of Monsanos corporate profits. When will the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recognize the damage taking place? How can your voice be heard? Contact the USDA and let them know your concerns. Sources:

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