It’s bad enough that regulatory agencies continue to allow tons of Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, to be sprayed on food crops – despite evidence that the herbicide’s key ingredient, glyphosate, causes birth defects, endocrine disruption and a host of other health problems. Now, a new study says the most widely used herbicide in the world is even more toxic than we thought. The reason? Roundup contains “confidential” – and unlabeled – ingredients that affect all living cells, including human cells, according to a new study in the scientific journal, Toxicology. Turns out that industry regulators and long-term studies look at glyphosate in isolation, instead of looking at Roundup’s full formulation, which includes the secret added ingredients.
In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released figures showing that at least 208 million tons of Roundup had been used on GE crops, lawns and roadsides in the years 2006 and 2007. It’s safe to assume that number is much higher now. Hundreds of millions of tons of poison, containing unlabeled “secret” toxic ingredients. When will it stop?