Study links Roundup herbicide to Parkinson’s, infertility, cancer

Posted at 1:32 PM, Apr 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-26 13:33:24-04

A new study is linking the world’s most popular herbicide, Roundup, to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers.

The report was published last week in the scientific journal, Entropy, and says that evidence indicates residues of “glyphosate,” the chief ingredient in Roundup, 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, written by Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant from Arthur D. Little, Inc.

“Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body,” the study says.

Reuters reports environmentalists, consumer groups and plant scientists from several countries have warned that heavy use of glyphosate is causing problems for plants, people and animals.

Monsanta, the developer of Roundup, along with 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.

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.