Glyphosat-related damage to health and the environment – what is true and what can we do?

A very good collection of an impressive amount of scientific papers – all showing the significant health and environmental issues associated to glyphosate-use – has been published on the website of the Institute of Science and Society (ISIS).  As this collection is freely accessible for everyone, it allows also non-scientists or people without access to expensive journals to get reliable information from truly credible sources.

To name only a few of the diseases which were found to be correlated to glyphosate use “with high significance”:

  • autism,
  • kidney disease & failure,
  • diabetes,
  • various types of cancer,

The graph below shows for example the scaring correlation between glyphosate-use and the occurrence of autism in the US.

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Besides the obvious problem of residual glyphosate being on the food itself, the herbicide is washed off the fields, accumulates in rivers, lakes and finally our ground water which we then drink. According to the ISIS, it was found that in the water, especially the metal-chelating activity of glyphosate is causing the bioaccumulation of toxic metals in the body – which has already resulted in an estimated 400 000 cases in Sri Lanka and 20 000 deaths. As the consequence, the Sri Lankan government has partly baned glyphosate use.

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Friends of the Earth Europe tested the presence of glyphosate in the urine of people in Europe … and found it in 90% of the samples from Malta, followed by 70% of the samples from the UK and Germany.

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For everyone who is looking at the facts it becomes absolutely incredible that it is still allowed to spray this stuff on our food. But what can we do about that?

As a first step, you could sign one of the petitions currently being under way, such as this one and articulate your dissatisfaction with the current policy in which the WHO says glyphosate is carcinogenic … and e.g. in Germany, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) says the opposite – without any facts. So you can of course also write to your government or risk assessment institutes or whatever and tell them that you don`t understand how they can be messing around with national health and the environment like that.

On a short term, you can choose to buy organic food only – which are found to be glyphosate-free. Or you can decide to grow your own food – or at least parts of it – in case you have the opportunity to do so – which also has all kinds of benefits related to it.

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