GMO News: Sri Lanka, Brazil, Chile, South Africa Take Action Against Monsanto
A mysterious form of kidney disease has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths among agricultural workers in poor farming regions around the world. What is the culprit? According to a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, the cause is Roundup, which is glyphosate, the herbicide Monsanto uses in several of its GMO crops.
As a result, Sri Lanka and Brazil are banning the herbicide. These are the latest countries to be included in the expanding list of members of the global community that have taken steps to prevent the use of either Roundup or GMOs. Russia, France, Poland, Peru and Hungary have already taken similar actions against GMOs because of concerns that they increase the risk of cancer, diabetes and a host of other illnesses. Now scientists find that in addition to these health risks, the products have led to an epidemic of a type of chronic kidney disease that would be treatable in wealthier countries.
And all this time, Monsanto, like the cigarette companies, continues to contend that Roundup is safe in spite of growing research showing it’s one of the most dangerous products on the planet. So dangerous, in fact, that a study recently published in the journal Biomedical Research International revealed that, in its entirety, Roundup herbacide 125 more toxic than it’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, is when studied in isolation. And, mind you, glyphosate has been found to be incredibly toxic on its own!
The numbers are staggering. In Sri Lanka alone, the kidney disorder afflicts 15 percent of the populace, a percentage that equates to 400,000 patients and 20,000 deaths. A study found the problem is due to the presence of glyphosate in areas where heavy metals accumulate in the drinking water. Glyphosate carries metals like arsenic and cadmium to the kidneys, an effect that ensues in damage to the organ. Following this revelation, President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the herbicide’s removal from the local market.
Aside from Sri Lanka and India, the kidney disease heavily affects Central America. The Center for Public Integrity reports that over the last five years more people have died from the illness in El Salvador and Nicaragua than from diabetes, AIDS and leukemia combined.
A move to ban glyphosate is currently underway in Brazil, but other GMO herbicides are targets as well. The country’s National Health Surveillance Agency is examining the toxicity of these agents, but the Federal Public Prosecutor wants them banned until conclusions are drawn.
Residents are applauding the withdrawal of the “Monsanto Law.” This legislation would have permitted multinational agribusiness corporations to patent most of the heritage seeds, an action that would have forced local farmers to purchase from such companies. Massive demonstrations had been held to protest the proposed law.
The government required Monsanto to stop a deceptive radio ad that touted the “benefits” of GMO crops without providing substantiation. Among other advantages, the ad claimed the crops produce a healthier environment through reducing the need for pesticides. When Monsanto failed to provide credible data to back up their claims, they pulled the ad.
While U.S. oversight agencies give Monsanto the green light, permitting its continued growth and inroads into the agriculture industry, nations around the world are working to put the brakes on this company whose products are devastating to human health and the environment.
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