The Real Hidden Cost of Round Up

By Matt Agorist,

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s  Round-Up, is attracting a lot of negative attention these days, this attention  is not without merit. Within the past 6 months alone, there have literally been  dozens of studies published illustrating the hazardous impact glyphosate is  having on the environment. From earthworms to humans, this herbicide, once  considered safe, is proving to be quite the silent killer.

Just two months ago a study was published in the  scientific journal Entropy linking glyphosate to a range of health problems such  as Parkinson’s, infertility, and cancer. The study revealed that glyphosate  enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and  environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests  slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the  body.

This month, yet another study has been published  implicating glyphosate in the induction of human breast cancer cell growth via  estrogen receptors. The findings in this study name glyphosate as an endocrine  disruptor that fuels estrogenic activity leading to the proliferation of breast  cancer cells. The results indicated that “low and environmentally relevant  concentrations” were enough to produce these detrimental effects.

One may think that simply not using Round-up or  any of its glyphosate containing equivalents would exempt them from these  dangers. However, here is the true cause for concern; last month a study was  published proving that there is indeed “widespread export to surface waters”  from runoff of nearby farms. Also, just last week, a study was done that tested  for glyphosate in urine samples from individuals in 18 different countries. Over  40% of these individuals had traces of glyphosate in the urine. If farmers that  spray glyphosate on a daily basis were the subjects of this test, the results  would not be so startling. However, the test subjects were specifically selected  on the basis that they had never handled or been exposed to glyphosate  before this test.

So what can we do to try and keep Round-Up out  of our bodies? We can eat organic for starters. We can grow our own food. We can  use alternative, nontoxic, weed  control at home  such as vinegar. The glyphosate leviathan that is, Monsanto, is not this  unbeatable machine. It has a crucial weakness, unsustainability as well as a  dependency on government regulations. We cannot do much about the special favors  granted throughout the corporatocracy, but what we can do is build a new model.  A model of sustainability, preservation, and ethics. Once the majority sees this  new model and all of its efficiencies, Monsanto becomes obsolete.