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COLOMBIA-ECUADOR: Studies Find DNA Damage From Anti-Coca Herbicide

Health & Wellness  (tags: dna, toxins, herbicides, monsanto, pharma industry, government, environment, contamination, genocide )

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TORONTO, Jun 16 (Tierramérica) - U.S.-funded aerial spraying of coca plantations in Colombia near the Ecuador border has severely damaged the DNA of local residents, a new study has found.

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Julia D (92)
Friday June 22, 2007, 9:48 am
Here's another article in Spanish. The Colombian government has deliberately sprayed people, animals and environment in Putumayo, causing destruction and disease everywhere. And no guess who makes the big buck with this? Good Old Monsanto!!!!!!!!!

Julia D (92)
Friday June 22, 2007, 10:18 am
More info:
Corpwatch on Monsanto
About the Toxic Sprayings
Bio War in the Andes

Karen B (289)
Friday June 22, 2007, 11:23 am
My-oh-my! Imagine that Monsanto is behind this chemical!!! And the US funds all this spraying. Good job fellows!

Carol Anne Knapp (123)
Friday June 22, 2007, 11:57 am
sons of bitches, the locals use coca for traditional medicine, now what can they use to cure this travesty, idiots devils most putrid evil people on earth are with in the Monsanto group. We need to start massively cross posting this stuff on other news sites that link back to C2, I feel like we are an island and no one else knows the magnitude of the Monsanto situation. Why is no one outraged? Why are the world goverments not banning Monsanto products daily? Why is the UN not stepping in to say stop?

M. Y (54)
Friday June 22, 2007, 12:12 pm
Another senselessly stupid war, this "war on drugs," which has been going on for 24 years now and is just a costly political pretext for giving military aid to right-wing dictatorships in Latin America and suppressing leftist farmers and grassroots socialists. Monsanto, who is today aggressively pushing genetic modification of hundreds of species purely for profit, and who grew rich producing tons of Agent Orange and other harmful herbicides to defoliate Vietnam, is simply an evil giant, responsible for more suffering and degradation of our precious biosphere than most corporations. Greed, power, and no respect for life: what a horrific combination.

M. Y (54)
Friday June 22, 2007, 12:17 pm
Thanks, Julia, for this story and the additional links! I agree wholeheartedly, Litha, this needs to be widely circulated. If you're reading this, please note and forward.

Julia D (92)
Friday June 22, 2007, 12:22 pm
I have just posted images of the destruction in Putumayo. I was there in 2004 and it broke my heart to see the nightmare, hear the stories of lost existences, see the children in the hospitals breathing oxygen and hear people say "it's been ten years or more that someone came here to see what's going on." They're totally abandonded there, between the lines of guerrilla and paramilitary/government and beyond all that victim of Monsanto's eternal greed.

Julia D (92)
Friday June 22, 2007, 12:25 pm
Thanks, xochi, yes, please spread the news. Monsanto is the epitomy of greed and disrepect for human rights. Remember them suing the organic Canadian farmer (Schmeisser was his name if I'm not mistaken) for "using" their genetically modified seeds? It's time to stop this machinery.

Sammantha L (126)
Friday June 22, 2007, 12:47 pm
Another revolting action taken by Monsanto, and the "war on drugs" and used as xochi says. Is there any corner of this planet that hasn't been poisoned by this vile, greedy company??????

Sammantha L (126)
Friday June 22, 2007, 12:51 pm
Oh...thanks for the information, Julia. Your story of your visit was so heartrending. Most of us will never see these things firsthand.

Marci Marcel S (326)
Friday June 22, 2007, 1:02 pm
how awful ! what can we do to help?

Liz sands (76)
Friday June 22, 2007, 3:38 pm

Boris Branwhite (296)
Friday June 22, 2007, 3:55 pm
just imagine how much of this poison washes down the streams and effects all wildlife in its path - this is a crime against humanity

Carol Anne Knapp (123)
Friday June 22, 2007, 4:07 pm
Marcel a far more productive responce then mine, Amnesty international may have some info or the embassy for Ecuador may be able to direct us to a way to help.

Barb Knight (1688)
Friday June 22, 2007, 4:25 pm
I'm with Marcel, please tell us what we can do to help! Thanks for the article Julia, GOOD JOB!!

Barb Knight (1688)
Friday June 22, 2007, 4:30 pm
I'm with Marcel, that's awful! Please let us know what we can do to help!!

Yvonne White (229)
Friday June 22, 2007, 6:30 pm
BioWarfare under the cover of "War on Drugs" is still sick & perverted.. :( The U.S. Government should rejoin the Geneva Convention & get out of the War Industry!

Michael Angel (58)
Friday June 22, 2007, 7:32 pm
Where will the CIA get their cocaine from now?
A rival grower?
This is considered a safe chemical
Hove a look at what Dow Corp peddles

COLOMBIA-ECUADOR: Studies Find DNA Damage from Anti-Coca Herbicide
By Stephen Leahy

TORONTO, Jun 16 (Tierramérica) - U.S.-funded aerial spraying of coca plantations in Colombia near the Ecuador border has severely damaged the DNA of local residents, a new study has found.

Blood samples from 24 Ecuadorians living within three kilometres of the northern border had 600 to 800 percent more damage to their chromosomes than people living 80 km away, found scientists from the Pontificia Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador.

The border residents who were tested had been exposed to the common herbicide glyphosate -- sold by the U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto under the brand Roundup --during a series of aerial sprayings by the Colombian government begun in 2000, part of the anti-drugs and counterinsurgency Plan Colombia, financed by Washington.

The Ecuadorians suffered a variety of ailments immediately following the spraying, including intestinal pain and vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, dizziness, numbness, burning of eyes or skin, blurred vision, difficulty in breathing and rashes, says the study, which is to be published in the journal Genetics and Molecular Biology.

But the extensive damage to DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) found in the randomly selected individuals may activate the development of cancer or other developmental effects resulting in miscarriages, according to lead researcher César Paz y Miño, head of human molecular genetics at the Catholic University of Ecuador.

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Saturday June 23, 2007, 1:10 am
coke is bad bad bad bad

Debbie Sequichie-Kerchee (53)
Saturday June 23, 2007, 7:19 pm
Oh yes, Monsanto has been supplying the chemicals to exterminate humans for over 70 years now. A government-sanctioned chemical manufacturer (from herbicides to pesticides to aspartame, from the gas chambers gasses to Agent Orange) who is nonchalantly killing innocent people. And BTW, coca is NOT cocaine, just like hemp is not marijuana. Peace!

Julia D (92)
Monday June 25, 2007, 5:53 am
Some suggestions as to what we can do: spread the word!
Don't drink Coca Cola, they're killing unionists in Colombia and drain the few remaining freshwater resources to produce their venom (More info on Killer Coke.
Let Monsanto know that you're aware of their genocidal business.
Boycott Nestlé Here's the Petition
Why? Because apart from telling mothers not to breastfeed their children, but use formula (that - in combination with unsafe water - has caused many infant deaths), they, too, threaten workers in Colombia and violate human and workers' rights.
Michael: where does the CIA get their cocaine now? Here's where: they only spray fields of small farmers (that have no coca at all or very small parcels that they are forced to grow for either guerrilla or paramilitaries) and fields controlled by the guerrilla (and that's mostly show). The majority of coca comes from the fields run by paramilitaries that are not harmed in any way.
They even found out that if sprayed with agua de canela (sugery water) before dumping Roundup Ultra, it will actually serve as fertilizer for coca instead of destroy it. It really destroys food crops, a perfect way to drive the rural population off their lands and thus be able to use it for exploration (oil, coca, minerals).
Clever, isn't it?

Past Member (0)
Monday July 9, 2007, 7:06 am
Not suprised at all to learn this is U.S. funded. I'm also not suprised that the same administration responsible would make plans to over-thro another government (because of weapons of mass destrustion THEY NEVER DID FIND)...hang a few people, INCLUDING CHEMICAL ALI.........
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