Monsanto’s Roundup Continuously Shown to Cause Birth Defects

English: A sign warning about pesticide exposure.

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Patrick Gallagher
NaturalSociety

Monsanto has recently been noted as one of the key power players in the welfare  of people across the country, continually extending their influence to the more remote parts of the world as well. Monsanto has also been engineering extensively genetically modified crops for the past several decades, and now finally has a type of soybean crop that can survive sustained pesticide exposure – for maximum insect control of course.

What seems to be a positive situation is actually a mostly dangerous toxic  product; made specifically to deflect the harmful effects of the pesticides and  weed killers on the growing plants, the Roundup Ready crops are recognized as the root cause of disease and discontent spread upon the Argentinean mass growing plains known as the Pampas. There was a time when the Pampas were littered with small farms, but ever since Monsanto hit the scene, the Pampas have been a major GMO growing operation.

The genetically engineered crops’ effect on the population has been simply terrible. The crop itself is not the only problem, the crops are sprayed on a regular basis with gallons of pesticides and weed killers, which has taken the toll on the locals. They consume much of the crops themselves, either by exports or to be consumed themselves – the soybean crop accounts for a very large portion of income, and is also a centerpiece in the Argentine diet. Effects vary, but some people have been known to develop breasts, have a variety of birth defects, and have been known to experience carcinogenic effects as well. The people are also becoming sterile over time. Given the rate of consumption, they will likely be completely sterile within a decade.

The studies have also proven that extended use of non-organic crops and pesticides will continuously affect the body and the core functions of the body, primarily in the reproductive areas. Glyphosate, which is in many Monsanto products and crops, has been found to have a direct correlation to the disruption of the well-being of several key systems of the body – growth hormones are immediately affected, followed by the endocrine systems and the reproductive systems on the long term. Glyphosate has been credited as being the poison that is killing the Argentine population slowly and to no avail.

Thankfully, after receiving anonymous threats, a woman from Argentina has taken action against Monsanto and pesticide spraying – successfully resulting in positive change for her community. She even won an environmental award for her activism.

This isn’t the only occurrence of mass experimentation with GMO crops and pesticides; in fact this is but one crop in one particular location of the world. Glyphosate-based crops and pesticides have been in circulation in many nations for decades. One study conducted by a German university found very high concentrations of Glyphosate in all urine samples tested. Canola, soybeans, corn, and cotton are all a major part of the GMO crops that have been ravaging the health and well-being of the nation, even with the prior knowledge that the GMO crops were shown to be harmful to a large quantity of both people and animals alike.

Fonte: http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-roundup-cause-birth-defects/

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Tem arsênico no seu arroz. There’s arsenic in your rice — and here’s how it got there

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arsenic trioxide

Tem arsênico no seu arroz – e aqui está como ele foi parar nele.

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By Twilight Greenaway

Photo by Shutterstock.

Rice. It’s just one of the basics, right? Whether eaten on its own, or in products like pastas or cereal, this inexpensive and healthy food is a staple for Asian and Latino communities, as well as the growing number of people looking to avoid gluten.

Here’s the bad news (cue Debbie Downer sound effect): The food most of us think we have more or less locked down is shockingly high in arsenic. And arsenic, especially the inorganic form often found in rice, is a known carcinogen linked to several types of cancer, and believed to interfere with fetal development.

According to new research by the Consumers Union, which took over 200 samples of both organic and conventionally grown rice and rice products, nearly all the samples contained some level of arsenic, and a great deal of them contained enough to cause alarm. While there is no federal standard for arsenic in food, according to the Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, one serving of rice may have as much inorganic arsenic as an entire day’s worth of water.  (They’ve also created a useful chart of various rice products, rice brands, and their arsenic levels.)

Rice often readily absorbs arsenic from soil where chemical-heavy cotton once grew. (Photo by Shutterstock.)

How does rice compare to other grains like wheat and oats? It turns out it’s much higher because of two main factors: How and where rice is grown. The November issue of Consumer Reports, released today, breaks down both phenomena. First, the how:

Rice absorbs arsenic from soil or water much more effectively than most plants. That’s in part because it is one of the only major crops grown in water-flooded conditions, which allow arsenic to be more easily taken up by its roots and stored in the grains.

Then, the where:

In the U.S. as of 2010, about 15 percent of rice acreage was in California, 49 percent in Arkansas, and the remainder in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. That south-central region of the country has a long history of producing cotton, a crop that was heavily treated with arsenical pesticides for decades in part to combat the boll weevil beetle.

Not a big rice eater? Well, I’d argue this study matters for other reasons too; it illustrates what a long shadow industrial farming practices can cast over the entire food system — and the way some chemicals can cycle through our food and water, for literally generations. You see, in some areas, even rice grown organically is impacted because of what you might call the legacy of the soil.

For decades, farmers used lead-arsenate insecticides to control pests. As the name implies, these were extra dangerous because of their lead content and they were banned in the 1980s, but much of the arsenic that was left behind still remains in the soil. As Consumer Reports mentioned above, the worst offenders were cotton farms in the South, which relied heavily on these heavy-metal-containing chemicals. (Cotton farming, generally, is known to be some of the most “chemically dependent” farming on Earth.)

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There are still several non-lead-based arsenical pesticides on the market, and although most are in the process of being phased out, Michael Hansen, Consumers Union senior scientist, says there is still one important pesticide, called MSMA, in use on cotton farms. Ironically, Hansen says, “they’re allowing its use because of the increasing problem of Palmer pigweed — created by the overuse of Glyphosate [Roundup] due to [Roundup Ready] GMO seeds.” (Otherwise known as superweeds.) “Palmer pigweed can lead to a 25 percent-or-more loss of revenue in cotton. So federal regulators calculated that it was worth the risk to continue using arsenic herbicides.”

Arsenic has also been commonly used in animal feed to prevent disease and make both hogs and chickens grow faster. The manure from these farms also ultimately ends up adding arsenic back in the soil (it’s even permitted on organic farms). Hansen says he’s seen ample evidence that soils that have been treated with poultry manure for years “have significantly higher levels of arsenic than untreated soil.”

On the bright side, a new law in Maryland, a huge poultry farming state, will keep arsenic feed out of chicken farms there. And one poultry drug, Pfizer’s Roxarsone, was voluntarily withdrawn from the market last spring. Meanwhile there are three others are still allowed to be used outside Maryland. “We think the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] should ban those as well,” said Hansen.

In the press release associated with the study, Consumers Union recommended that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) phase out use of all arsenical pesticides and the FDA set limits for arsenic in rice products. In response to Wednesday’s report, the FDA released an FAQ on its website describing its own testing of 1,000 different rice products. FDA officials also told the Washington Post, however, that they are “not prepared, based on preliminary data, to advise people to change their eating patterns.”

The Consumers Union, on the other hand, has a released a chart explicitly designed to help consumers limit their exposure to rice, with exact serving recommendations for both adults and children. Rice cereal, which federal surveys indicate many small children eat multiple times a day, is of special concern.

According to Hansen, rice grown in California (a relatively small subset of the U.S. industry), is also likely to have lower arsenic rates than rice grown in the South. For those interested in reducing their risk, the scientist also recommends washing the grain thoroughly before cooking it, and using a technique Hansen has observed in Asia.

“When I was in Bangladesh recently I noticed they would cook the rice with a lot of extra water — to absorb arsenic and/or pesticide residue — and then drain it off at the very end before serving it.” Hansen says this technique, over time, especially if filtered water is used, may reduce the risk of exposure to the heavy metal.
Twilight is the food editor at Grist. Follow her on twitter.

Fonte: http://grist.org/food/theres-arsenic-in-your-rice-and-heres-how-it-got-there/

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Monsanto’s Roundup Continuously Shown to Cause Birth Defects

English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on f...

English: Monsanto pesticide to be sprayed on food crops. Français : Remplissage d’un épandeur (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Patrick Gallagher
NaturalSociety
May 14, 2012

Monsanto has recently been noted as one of the key power players in the welfare of people across the country, continually extending their influence to the more remote parts of the world as well. Monsanto has also been engineering extensively genetically modified crops for the past several decades, and now finally has a type of soybean crop that can survive sustained pesticide exposure – for maximum insect control of course.

What seems to be a positive situation is actually a mostly dangerous toxic product; made specifically to deflect the harmful effects of the pesticides and weed killers on the growing plants, the Roundup Ready crops are recognized as the root cause of disease and discontent spread upon the Argentinean mass growing plains known as the Pampas. There was a time when the Pampas were littered with small farms, but ever since Monsanto hit the scene, the Pampas have been a major GMO growing operation.

The genetically engineered crops’ effect on the population has been simply terrible. The crop itself is not the only problem, the crops are sprayed on a regular basis with gallons of pesticides and weed killers, which has taken the toll on the locals. They consume much of the crops themselves, either by exports or to be consumed themselves – the soybean crop accounts for a very large portion of income, and is also a centerpiece in the Argentine diet. Effects vary, but some people have been known to develop breasts, have a variety of birth defects, and have been known to experience carcinogenic effects as well. The people are also becoming sterile over time. Given the rate of consumption, they will likely be completely sterile within a decade.

The studies have also proven that extended use of non-organic crops and pesticides will continuously affect the body and the core functions of the body, primarily in the reproductive areas. Glyphosate, which is in many Monsanto products and crops, has been found to have a direct correlation to the disruption of the well-being of several key systems of the body – growth hormones are immediately affected, followed by the endocrine systems and the reproductive systems on the long term. Glyphosate has been credited as being the poison that is killing the Argentine population slowly and to no avail.

Thankfully, after receiving anonymous threats, a woman from Argentina has taken action against Monsanto and pesticide spraying – successfully resulting in positive change for her community. She even won an environmental award for her activism.

This isn’t the only occurrence of mass experimentation with GMO crops and pesticides; in fact this is but one crop in one particular location of the world. Glyphosate-based crops and pesticides have been in circulation in many nations for decades. One study conducted by a German university found very high concentrations of Glyphosate in all urine samples tested. Canola, soybeans, corn, and cotton are all a major part of the GMO crops that have been ravaging the health and well-being of the nation, even with the prior knowledge that the GMO crops were shown to be harmful to a large quantity of both people and animals alike.

Fonte: http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-roundup-cause-birth-defects/

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Na Argentina, uma condenação histórica contra o agrotóxico: é causa de aborto, câncer e deformações congênitas

 

“(…) o tribunal se baseou em dados inquestionáveis: de 142 crianças moradoras de Ituzaingó que foram examinadas, 114 contêm agroquímicos em seu organismo, e em altas quantidades. Foram constatados ainda 202 casos de câncer provocados pelo glifosato, dos quais 143 foram fatais num lapso curtíssimo de tempo. Houve, em um ano, 272 abortos espontâneos. E dos nascidos, 23 sofrem deformações congênitas. Moram em Ituzaingó pouco mais de cinco mil pessoas, o que dá uma dimensão clara dos males sofridos.” (…)

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Uma sentença determinada por um tribunal de Córdoba, a segunda província e a segunda maior cidade do país, abriu espaço e conquistou atenções: num julgamento considerado histórico, a Justiça cordobesa condenou a três anos de prisão (que serão cumpridos em trabalhos sociais) um latifundiário e o piloto de um avião que fumigou plantações de soja numa região urbana. Dois componentes químicos – endosulfán e glifosato – foram espalhados, em 2004 e 2008, nos inseticidas fumigados pelo piloto Edgardo Pancello nas plantações de soja de Francisco Parra, vizinhas ao bairro de Ituzaingó, em Córdoba.

Foi a primeira vez que a Argentina condena o uso de glifosato, produzido pela multinacional  Monsanto – a mesma que desenvolveu o “agente laranja” utilizado pelos Estados Unidos na guerra do Vietnã e produz sementes transgênicas utilizadas em vários países, o Brasil inclusive.

É o resultado de uma luta de dez anos dos moradores de Ituzaingó e de outras localidades argentinas, que denunciam as conseqüências do uso do glifosato nos agrotóxicos produzidos pela Monsanto e fumigados a torto e a direito país afora. O embriologista argentino Andrés Carrasco, que há anos denuncia os altíssimos riscos de contaminação do agrotóxico Roundup, fabricado pela Monsanto à base de glifosato, já havia antecipado, o que o tribunal de Córdoba agora concluiu: quem usa esse produto comete crime ambiental gravíssimo.

Contra todos os argumentos da Monsanto, o tribunal se baseou em dados inquestionáveis: de 142 crianças moradoras de Ituzaingó que foram examinadas, 114 contêm agroquímicos em seu organismo, e em altas quantidades. Foram constatados ainda 202 casos de câncer provocados pelo glifosato, dos quais 143 foram fatais num lapso curtíssimo de tempo. Houve, em um ano, 272 abortos espontâneos. E dos nascidos, 23 sofrem deformações congênitas. Moram em Ituzaingó pouco mais de cinco mil pessoas, o que dá uma dimensão clara dos males sofridos.

A cada ano que passa cerca de 280 milhões de litros de Roundup – ou seja, de glifosato – são despejados nos campos argentinos. São cerca de 18 milhões de hectares aspergidos ou fumigados nas plantações de soja transgênica, que significam 99% de tudo que o país produz. O mais brutal é que essa soja nasce de sementes geneticamente modificadas, produzidas pela própria Montanto. O glifosato contido no Roundb destrói tudo – menos a semente.

O glifosato continua sendo usado em campo aberto. Mas, na Argentina, já não poderá mais ser aplicado em áreas próximas às zonas urbanas.  Além de abrir jurisprudência no país, a sentença do tribunal cordobês abre um precedente importante para milhares de processos em andamento na América Latina.

No Brasil, o agrotóxico continua sendo um dos motores principais do agronegócio, crescendo percentualmente em seu rendimento mais do que o próprio agronegócio.  Em nosso país, o volume de pesticidas e agrotóxicos utilizados no campo é mais de três vezes superior ao da Argentina.   Somos campeões mundiais no uso de agrotóxicos, com consumo de cinco litros por habitante ao ano.

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