EPA Raised Residue Limits of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Herbicide
Toxic herbicide linked to serious health impacts – EPA puts Monsanto’s profits over public health
The EPA has issued a new rule raising the allowed residue levels of Monsanto’s herbicide glyphosate (Roundup) on food. Glyphosate is an herbicide produced and marketed by Monsanto Corporation, the agrochemical and biotechnology giant. Monsanto claims that glyphosate is safe and has successfully lobbied the Environmental Protection Agency to raise the residue limits of this toxic chemical.
But independent scientists disagree with Monsanto: several recently published peer-reviewed studies point to serious health impacts from exposure to this toxic herbicide.
Glyphosate has been shown in several recent studies to be an endocrine disruptor. According to the National Institutes of Health, endocrine disruptors could have long-term effects on public health, especially reproductive health. And the “dose makes the poison” rule does not apply to endocrine disruptors, which wreak havoc on our bodies at low doses.
The EPA must consider independent and recent science rather than depending on industry-funded, outdated studies supplied by Monsanto. A June 2013 study concluded that glyphosate “exerted proliferative effects in human hormone-dependent breast cancer.”* An April 2013 study by an MIT scientist concluded that “glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food
borne chemical residues and environmental toxins,” and pointed out that glyphosate’s “negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”**