“Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic. There is no doubt in my mind.” ~ Professor Christopher Portier, World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Carolanne Wright – During a mid-July scientific briefing in London organized by the Soil Association, Professor Christopher Portier reaffirmed the findings of the World Health Organization (WHO); glyphosate is a probable carcinogen that also damages DNA. When both these factors are found within a single chemical, regulators believe there is no safe level of exposure.
Even more disturbing is the data presented by Dr. Robin Mesnage of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics at Kings College in London, which shows that “Roundup is 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate alone.” He said, “Glyphosate is everywhere throughout our food chain – in our food and water. The lack of data on toxicity of glyphosate is not proof of safety and these herbicides cannot be considered safe without proper testing. We know Roundup, the commercial name of glyphosate-based herbicides, contains many other chemicals, which when mixed together are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate on its own,” as reported by GMWatch.
And we are saturated with the weedkiller. The latest European study on city dwellers discovered that in the UK, 7 out of 10 people tested positive for Roundup Ready in their urine.
New figures evaluated by the Soil Association highlighted the fact that glyphosate use in UK agriculture practices has risen by 400% over the last 20 years. Glyphosate is also one of three pesticides detected during routine testing of British bread, and found in 30% of samples taken by the Defra committee on Pesticide Residues in Food (PRiF).
These numbers shouldn’t be all that surprising considering nearly a third of UK cereals — barley and wheat — are sprayed with the chemical, equating to over one million hectares.
Says Peter Melchett, Soil Association Policy Director: Continue reading