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article imageStudy: Health dangers linked to Roundup, Monsanto-made herbicide

By Leigh Goessl     Apr 26, 2013 in Health
A new study suggests heavy use of a popular brand of herbicide could be linked to several health issues and diseases. The report on the herbicide, Roundup, was published last week.
A new peer-reviewed report published on April 18 suggests heavy use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could lead to health problems.
Roundup is produced by GMO giant Monsanto.
A primary concern is over the fact residues of "glyphosate", the primary and active ingredient in Roundup, ends up in food supplies. According to Reuters, Roundup is sprayed over "millions of acres of crops".
The study suggests Roundup use can contribute to health problems such as gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, according to the report's abstract in the Journal Entropy.
It is believed the chemicals "disrupt normal body functions and induce disease", said the authors. "Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body."
Stephanie Seneff, author and research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and, co-author Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant, express these concerns and say more research is needed.
We "have hit upon something very important that needs to be taken seriously and further investigated," Seneff said.
The way Roundup works is it is sprayed directly on GMO plants that have been developed to withstand the sprays, but the weeds are killed.
There has been long-time concern over Roundup use across the globe, but Monsanto insists the herbicide is safe and the effects of glyphosate have been studied intensively.
"We are very confident in the long track record that glyphosate has. It has been very, very extensively studied," Jerry Steiner, Monsanto's executive vice president of sustainability, said, reported Reuters.
Conversely, many studies are examining the effects of both GMOs and herbicides, such as Roundup. This study is the most recent in a series of studies that suggest potential harmful effects.
Digital Journal reported last year on a study where Roundup was linked to Parkinson’s-related brain damage.
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