Cancer Deaths Twice as High Where GMO Crops and Agrochemicals Used
A recent report by the Ministry of Health in Cordoba, Argentina reveals that deaths from cancer are twice the national average in areas where GM crops and agricultural chemicals are used.
“Cancer cases are multiplying as never before in areas with massive use of pesticides,” says Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, member of the University Network for Environment and Health. The organization is calling for immediate prohibition of aerial spraying and other measures to protect the populace.
The international standard is to number fatalities per 100,000 residents. According to the Provincial Tumour Registry and the Department of Statistics and Census, the rate of deaths in the province is 158 per 100,000 residents and 134.8 in Cordoba Capital. In contrast, the rate is much higher in the four areas of the region emblematic of Cordoba agriculture. These telling statistics include 229.8 in Marcos Juárez, 228.4 in Presidente Roque Sáenz Peña, 217.4 in Union and 216.8 in San Justo. Additionally, 2012 data compiled by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Association shows the cancer fatality rate for Argentina is 115.13, a frequency that is only half of the 229.8 rate of Marcos Juárez.
Argentine Scientists Speak Out
Is it a coincidence that the cancer death rates are so much higher in the agricultural areas? Fernando Manas, Ph.D., an Argentine scientist affiliated with a group investigating the effects of agrichemicals, strongly asserts it is a cause-effect relationship. “There is evidence of high levels of genetic damage in people of Marcos Juárez, which may result from unintentional exposure to pesticides,” he says. Researchers in the province who have studied the area’s residents have confirmed in 15 scientific publications that those exposed to pesticides have incurred genetic damage and are more likely to develop cancer. Moreover, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, has been detected in soil, lakes and rainwater in the province of Marcos Juárez, notes Manas.
The government of the province is discounting the link between high cancer mortality and agrichemicals. Damian Verzeñassi, a doctor and professor of social and environmental health in Rosario, is highly critical of government officials and the industry, saying, “They keep demanding studies on something that is already proven and do not take urgent measures to protect the population.”
History Repeats Itself: the Biotech Industry Is Like the Tobacco Industry
With the passage of time, the long-term effects of GMOs are becoming known. More and more, the world is seeing that the biotech industry’s contention that GMOs are safe is actually an empty assurance not based on reality. In fact, Vazquez compares the biotech industry to the tobacco industry, which denied the link between smoking and cancer for decades, deeming business and profit to be more important than health. By the time the evidence showing cigarette smoke causes cancer became overwhelming, several generations had succumbed to its deadly effects.
It is hoped that governmental officials around the globe will take an objective look at the proof already in existence and take action before more generations have to suffer. GMO methods should be replaced with sustainable, agro-ecological alternatives.
Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.