In case you missed the verdict this past week, Round Up was found guilty of causing cancer. Thank God for justice, truth, and love for it is through these universal foundations that our Humanity may be restored. For all who are concerned about their health yet who use Roundup on your yards or at your workplace, or eat GMO foods (Roundup is the chief herbicide used to grow GMO foods) you may wish to reconsider.
Jury Awards Terminally Ill Man $289 Million In Lawsuit Against Monsanto
Monsanto has consistently claimed glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup is harmless. Yet, Roundup is not merely made of just glyphosate but has several secret inert ingredients added to it. It is this, the whole formula found in Roundup that appears to be so carcinogenic. Through the trial discovery phase, this truth was revealed when internal emails sent by Monsanto’s own toxicologists were discovered.
As reported in the Nation and other papers, in 2003 Monsanto’s leading toxicologist Donna Farmer wrote to the CEO, Sekhar Natarajan stating that “the company cannot say Roundup is not a carcinogen because we have not done the necessary testing on the formulation to make that statement.” Further, she continued, “we cannot make that statement about glyphosate and infer that there is no reason to believe that Roundup would cause cancer.”[i] While heads of the company may have overlooked this as a valid reason to be wary in promoting and marketing Roundup, those of us concerned about health certainly cannot.
We have to ask, are there individuals at the EPA working in collusion with Monsanto? Adding to the evidence is a letter written by Marion Copley, who served as an EPA toxicologist for 30 years.
While she was dying from breast cancer, Ms. Copley reached out to Jess Rowland, the EPA official at the time who managed Monsanto’s affairs. As reported by Rene Ebersole in the Nation, “In March of 2013, as she was dying of breast cancer, Copley wrote a striking letter to Jess Rowland, deputy director of the EPA’s pesticide division. Rowland led the Cancer Assessment Review Committee, which was evaluating glyphosate; Copley also served on the committee. In her letter, Copley described how the property that makes glyphosate such a potent pesticide—its ability to target an enzyme that plants need to grow—also plays a role in the formation of tumors in humans. She named 14 specific methods by which it could do the job. “Any one of these mechanisms alone…can cause tumors, but glyphosate causes all of them simultaneously,” she wrote. “It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer.”[i]
As the carcinogenic nature of Roundup may continue to be disputed by its manufacturer, it has been discovered that another of its effects due chiefly to one of its inert ingredients is indeed substantial.
“Its inert ingredient, POEA (polyethoxylated tallowamine) is deadly to human embryonic, placental, and umbilical cord cells. Until now, most health studies have focused on the safety of glyphosate, rather than the mixture of ingredients found in Roundup. But in the new study, scientists found that Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells—even at concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns.”[ii]
As with most chemicals and products on the market, if they’re leaning toward carcinogenicity, they are probably capable of causing equally great or worse conditions for our health. In today’s world you can’t get by without full disclosure. Why do chemical companies get a waiver on this? To conceal inert ingredients doesn’t seem quite right, legal, or nearly in the spirit of promoting universal health and peace; rather it seems downright deceptive, unjust and harmful.
WHAT ARE INERT INGREDIENTS? “Inert ingredients can increase the ability of pesticide formulations to affect significant toxicologic end points, including developmental neurotoxicity, genotoxicity, and disruption of hormone function. They can also increase exposure by increasing dermal absorption, decreasing the efficacy of protective clothing, and increasing environmental mobility and persistence. Inert ingredients can increase the phytotoxicity of pesticide formulations as well as the toxicity to fish, amphibians, and microorganisms.”[iii]
Human Exposure to Glyphosate Has Skyrocketed 500% Since Introduction of GMO Crops, https://www.ecowatch.com/glyphosate-exposure-humans-2501317778.html
(Monsanto by the way is now owned by Bayer. I’m still not quite sure how this merger was approved by our government. )
To your health!