In today’s world, it is very hard to tell the truth from the lies. We see this because people are trying to make money off a specific product, in doing so they are willing to lie to the general public about the safety of their product. The reason I say this is because Monsanto claims their product is completely safe. But research and people, with these health problems, are shedding new light on the controversy.
Monsanto clams that glyphosate is completely safe. They have even made a video to demonstrate that it is safe and all the countries that approve of the use of it. They claim that it only affects plant cells and breaks down in the soil into natural compounds found there. “Glyphosate specifically inhibits an enzyme that is essential to plant growth. This enzyme is not found in humans or animals. After it does its job, glyphosate breaks down in the soil into naturally occurring substances.”(Monsanto) Then they try to say that they are helping the planet because farmers are modifying certain crops, in turn they don’t have to till the soil and release less emissions. They also claim that it reduces topsoil erosion by not tilling the soil as much as well as help climate change. All of this can be found in the two videos below.
According to scientists at the National Cancer Institute, the active ingredient in Roundup does not cause cancer,. Researchers followed over 90,000 people who used pesticides to see if the ones who use Roundup developed any kind of cancer. There results follow: “ In this large, prospective cohort study, no association was apparent between glyphosate and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall, including NHL and its subtypes. There was some evidence of increased risk of AML among the highest exposed group that requires confirmation.”
Farmers have generally lower death rates than the average American, in part because their job requires more activity. However, the rates of some cancers are higher. “Farmers, farmworkers and farm family members may be exposed to substances such as pesticides, engine exhausts, solvents, dusts, animal viruses, fertilizers, fuels and specific microbes that may account for these elevated cancer rates,” (NCI) which can be the cause of these elevated rates.
A test was conducted to see if glyphosate is toxic to human placental cells. Results of the test concluded that glyphosate was harmful to the placental cells. And it was concluded that Roundup was more toxic than just glyphosate. “Glyphosate is toxic to human placental JEG3 cells within 18 hr with concentrations lower than those found with agricultural use, and this effect increases with concentration and time or in the presence of Roundup adjuvants. We conclude that endocrine and toxic effects of Roundup, not just glyphosate, can be observed in mammals. We suggest that the presence of Roundup adjuvants enhances glyphosate bioavailability and/or bioaccumulation.” (Andreotti, 2017) This is scary because this concludes that it’s possible that Roundup can definitely cause birth defects.
Here is an ad that shows what people who want Roundup banned. They believe that if this continues, we will all be affected some way or another. This ad here is a little extreme, not everything will be dead, but it tries to relay the idea that it can be harmful.
Here is another ad that shows the science side of what might be happening to us if glyphosate is really harmful to humans. The websites at the bottom of this ad provide “evidence” that GMOs like Roundup cause birth defects. Some are extreme defects and can’t be solely based on Roundup. Study of those people would have to be done to find more solid evidence that GMOs cause defects and mutations in the human body.
Stated earlier, it’s hard to tell what the truth is behind all of this. One side claims that it’s safe and decomposes into natural compounds already found in the soil. The other side claims that it causes birth defects and cancers through minor studies. In order for this controversy to be resolved, more testing needs to be done.
Glyphosate Herbicide. (n.d.). https://monsanto.com/company/media/statements/glyphosate-herbicide/
Andreotti, G., Koutros, S., Hofmann, J. N., Sandler, D. P., Lubin, J. H., Lynch, C. (2017, November 09). Glyphosate Use and Cancer Incidence in the Agricultural Health Study | JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute | Oxford Academic. https://academic.oup.com/jnci/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jnci/djx233/4590280
Agricultural Health Study. (n.d.). http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/ahs-fact-sheet
Richard, S., Moslemi, S., Sipahutar, H., Benachour, N., & Seralini, G. (2005, June). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1257596/