Concerned about the presence of pesticides in your food? That’s nothing. It turns out pesticides are just about everywhere at this point. According to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey, Roundup herbicide, the weed killer of choice of food giant Monsanto, is present in most air and rainfall. Mmmmmm, poison.
As Green Med Info reports, research to be printed in the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry journal discovered that traces of Roundup were found in more than 75% of air and rain samples tested in Mississippi. In other words, good luck breathing or drinking water without being exposed to toxic chemicals.
This news is obviously alarming to health-conscious individuals. Smart consumers who have been careful to select organic food to avoid such poisons are actually just as susceptible to contamination in other ways. The fact that Monsanto’s business practice is so pervasive that is impacting the majority of the environment should make this a major issue, yet the company’s clout and ability to mass-produce large quantities of food will probably protect it from having to accept responsibility for the consequences of Roundup.
In recent years, Roundup has been found to be even more toxic than it was when first approved for agricultural use, though that discovery has not led to any changes in regulation of the pesticide. Moreover, the prevalent Roundup use has led certain weeds and pest to build up immunity to the toxins. Sadly, Monsanto’s solution is to spray more and stronger pesticides to take out these more advanced crop foes. As a result, we’re trapped in a dangerous cycle that can’t possibly end well.
The health effects of Roundup cannot be understated. Research has linked exposure to the pesticide to Parkinson’s disease and cancers. Laboratory rats that eat Monsanto’s GMO food get tumors and die faster than rats that eat other food. Most children in Argentina where Roundup is used in high concentrations have been found to be in poor health, with 80 percent showing signs of the toxins in their bloodstreams.
Roundup is not alone in threatening public health in this manner. This particular study, as well as others, also identified plenty of other pesticides in the air and water. Unfortunately, these various toxins become more harmful in conjunction with each other.
Since we can’t exactly give up breathing and drinking, this problem is one that society will have to address as a matter of public safety. Spraying Roundup may have short term economic benefits for one of the world’s largest corporations, but the potential dangers to all living creatures cannot be ignored.
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