Ban the pre-harvest treatment of crops with cancer-linked glyphosate
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If you would rather not eat crops soaked in a carcinogenic weedkiller and harvested from a plant that has been poisoned to death then please sign and share this petition.
More and more farmers are harvesting food crops from plants which have literally been poisoned to death with Monsanto’s Roundup and other glyphosate-based weedkillers. Not only does this practise sound like an abomination, but it causes the glyphosate to be absorbed into the food crop directly where it cannot be washed off later. Things have gotten so bad that internal documents obtained by the Guardian show that in the US the FDA has had trouble finding any food that does not carry traces of the glyphosate.
In the UK, a recent study found that 70% of the population had traces of glyphosate in their urine.
Monsanto’s own instructions (datasheet at paragraph 7.1) says of roundup: “When using do not eat, drink or smoke; avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing; wash hands thoroughly after handling or contact; and wash contaminated clothing before re-use. A 2015 study by the World Health Organisation’s IARC cancer agency found that Glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans” A study in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2013, which warned that glyphosate can, in lab studies, cause human breast cancer cells to proliferate up to 13 times faster than normal.
At a time when cancers are on the increase, do you really want to be eating a toxic weedkiller which has been linked to cancer?!
The Danish government introduced a ban on pre-harvest glyphosate spraying, and we should do likewise.
Dr Michael Antoniou, a biochemist and head of the Gene Expression and Therapy Group at King’s College London, told Good Health: ‘Farmers in the UK use - Glyphosate - just before harvesting as a drying agent on cereals such as wheat, oats, barley and rape. ‘Days before harvesting they will spray Roundup to kill their crops, making the grain ripen quicker and dry more uniformly for storage,’ he explains. ‘The chemicals then go straight into the food chain because the grain is harvested so soon after spraying.’
Dr Antoniou fears that the effects of Roundup are cumulative, taking years of exposure to cause damage — a timescale that extends far beyond most studies’ scope.
‘The rats we studied were given an incredibly low concentration of Roundup, 10,000 times below what the EU regulations say is safe to consume on a regular basis,’ he says. ‘The rats showed this damage after two years’ exposure. Long-term exposure over decades could cause life-reducing harm.
‘Glyphosate-based herbicides could be contributing to chronic illnesses over a long range of time,’ he adds. ‘Regulators are only slowly waking up to this.’
Dr Antoniou is scathing about the manner in which regulators assess herbicide risk. ‘They tend only to look at what evidence the industry puts before them,’ he says, and claims: ‘Studies by independent scientists which show evidence of harm are on the whole ignored.’
Last month, the Danish government introduced a ban on pre-harvest glyphosate spraying.
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