In a peer-reviewed report published recently in the scientific journal Entropy, it was reported that residues of "glyphosate," the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer has been found in food. Those residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, according to the report. "Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body," the study says. Seneff continued, "We have hit upon something very important that needs to be taken seriously and further investigated."
Environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is causing problems for plants, people and animals. The EPA is presently conducting a standard registration review of glyphosate and has set a deadline of 2015 for determining if glyphosate use should be limited.
My readers should be aware by now that Monsanto is the developer of both Roundup herbicide and a suite of crops that are genetically altered to withstand being sprayed with the Roundup weed killer. Monsanto's biotech crops, including corn, soybeans, canola and sugarbeets, are planted on millions of acres in the U.S. annually. Many farmers like using their seeds because they can spray Roundup weed killer directly on the crops to kill weeds in the fields without harming the crops, and also because they believe the crops produced from the harvest are safe for human consumption. And of course, Monsanto and other leading industry experts have said for years that glyphosate is proven safe, and has a less damaging impact on the environment than other commonly used chemicals.
Monsanto's executive vice president of sustainability, Jerry Steiner, reiterated that in a recent interview when questioned about the study. "We are very confident in the long track record that glyphosate has. It has been very, very extensively studied," he said. Of the more than two dozen top herbicides on the market, glyphosate is the most popular. In 2007, as much as 185 million pounds of glyphosate was used by U.S. farmers, double the amount used six years ago, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data.