Is world’s most popular weed killer causing Parkinson’s? New study shows Roundup herbicide also could be linked to cancer and infertility

Good old elbow grease (hand or hoe pulling of weeds) works wonders and provides exercise the body needs as well.  Also, HOT water with Salt  will kill weeds but be careful where you use it as it will kill anything from growing for some time.

Another way is the propane torches that will kill off the weeds.

By  Reuters Reporter

Heavy use of the world’s most popular  herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases,  including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers, according to a new  study.

The peer-reviewed report, published last week  in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that residues of  ‘glyphosate,’ the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, which is sprayed over  millions of acres of crops, has been found in food.

Those residues enhance the damaging effects  of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt  normal body functions and induce disease, according to the report.

Silent 'killer': A peer-reviewed report says the herbicide Roundup could be linked to multiple diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancersSilent ‘killer’: A peer-reviewed report says the  herbicide Roundup could be linked to multiple diseases, including Parkinson’s,  infertility and cancers

 

Large-scale use: Roundup weed killer, whose main ingredient is glyphosate, is sprayed over millions of acres of cropsLarge-scale use: Roundup weed killer, whose main  ingredient is glyphosate, is sprayed over millions of acres of crops

The study was authored by Stephanie Seneff, a  research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony  Samsel, a retired science consultant from Arthur D. Little, Inc. Samsel is a  former private environmental government contractor as well as a member of the  Union of Concerned Scientists.

‘Negative impact on the body is insidious and  manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout  the body,’ the study says.

We ‘have hit upon something very important  that needs to be taken seriously and further investigated,’ Seneff  said.

Environmentalists, consumer groups and plant  scientists from several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is  causing problems for plants, people and animals.

Agriculture giant: Monsanto is the developer of both Roundup herbicide and genetically altered crops meant to to withstand being sprayed with the weed killerAgriculture giant: Monsanto is the developer of both  Roundup herbicide and genetically altered crops meant to to withstand being  sprayed with the weed killer

 

Alarming find: Residues of glyphosate, which farmers spray directly on crops in the form of Roundup, has been found in foodAlarming find: Residues of glyphosate, which farmers  spray directly on crops in the form of Roundup, has been found in food

The EPA is conducting a standard registration  review of glyphosate and has set a deadline of 2015 for determining if  glyphosate use should be limited. The study is among many comments submitted to  the agency.

Monsanto is the developer of both Roundup  herbicide and a suite of crops that are genetically altered to withstand being  sprayed with the Roundup weed killer.

These biotech crops, including corn,  soybeans, canola and sugarbeets, are planted on millions of acres in the United  States annually. Farmers like them because they can spray Roundup weed killer  directly on the crops to kill weeds in the fields without harming the  crops.

Roundup is also popularly used on lawns,  gardens and golf courses.

Monsanto and other leading industry experts  have said for years that glyphosate is proven safe, and has a less damaging  impact on the environment than other commonly used chemicals.

Devastating illness: MRI of Parkinson's Disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, which experts now say may be linked to exposure to food-borne chemical residue from RoundupDevastating illness: MRI of Parkinson’s Disease, a  degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, which experts now say may  be linked to exposure to food-borne chemical residue from Roundup

Jerry Steiner, Monsanto’s executive vice  president of sustainability, reiterated that in a recent interview when  questioned about the study.

‘We are very confident in the long track  record that glyphosate has. It has been very, very extensively studied,’ he  said.

Of the more than two dozen top herbicides on  the market, glyphosate is the most popular. In 2007, as much as 185 million  pounds of glyphosate was used by U.S. farmers, double the amount used six years  ago, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data.

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