Glyphosate shocked the news world in 2015 when the World Health Organization declared it a probable carcinogen. The larger, nearly unmentioned problem, is that focusing on glyphosate alone obscures the real issue: the toxicity of Roundup. Glyphosate is merely a red herring that hides the real dangers of Roundup. Farmers and homeowners don’t poison weeds and driveways (and themselves) with glyphosate alone. They use Roundup, which is an entirely different animal.
Monsanto narrows Glyphosate / Roundup Argument
Monsanto is pleased to keep the discussion narrowed to glyphosate alone. And most of the world’s industry-captured regulatory agencies have been pleased to oblige the chemical giant. Glyphosate alone can be shown – in some studies, at least – to have a much nicer safety profile than Roundup. Consequently, any arguments about glyphosate have been cleverly controlled by Monsanto from the beginning. The company has been assisted in this shell game by many of the world’s alphabet agencies – like the Monsanto-friendly EPA – in charge of protecting public health and the commons.
The EPA, incredibly (some would say, criminally), reviews only those studies which have examined glyphosate alone. The agency does not research, in any meaningful way, the entire toxic cocktail that is Roundup. This glaring glitch results from an absurd loophole in the way chemicals in the U.S. are unleashed on the public, with the help of pliant agencies like the EPA, FDA, and others. It’s the same story for generic drugs, which are not equivalent, no matter how they are marketed. A generic drug is deemed to be “equivalent” if its “active ingredient” can be shown to be triggered in dubious lab tests.
Nothing in Our Universe exists in a Vacuum
For reasons beyond the pale of sensibility, EPA looks only at what Monsanto alleges is Roundup’s only active ingredient, glyphosate. This is a ludicrous position, because the numerous adjuvants in Roundup change the entire game. Nevertheless, as incredible as it seems, chemical companies like Monsanto are allowed to claim that all the adjuvants in Roundup (or other pesticides) are not active (in other words, irrelevant), without being made to prove that claim.
Far from being the be-all the and the end-all in the active chemical cocktail that is Roundup, glyphosate is only one of many ingredients present and active in the world’s most popular week killer.
Roundup lawsuits being filed against Monsanto are calling the company out for this incredible oversight. The suits argue that the mixture of glyphosate with many other ingredients that comprise Roundup is what makes Roundup’s carcinogenic to people. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), Chronic Lymphocytic Lekemia (CLL), Multiple Myeloma, Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL) have all been linked to Roundup exposure.
Roundup Warning: Adjuvants increase the toxicity of active ingredients
The FDA has categorically failed to demand long-term tests of Roundup, the most popular of many Monsanto pesticides that list glyphosate as their only “active” ingredient. Meanwhile, all glyphosate weed killers contain many other chemicals and ingredients called adjuvants. Many of these adjuvants are toxic by themselves, yet their own toxicity can increase exponentially when mixed with glyphosate.
The adjuvants increase glyophosate toxicity by allowing it to penetrate animal, plant and human cells more easily. The half-life of many Roundup adjuvants also outlast glyphosate alone.
The testing of a so-called active ingredient like glyphosate is essentially pointless. Nobody is exposed to glyphosate alone. It is always within a product that contains many other chemicals and components. These ingredients can affect one another in profound ways.
1,000 times more toxic
An in vitro study looked at eight major pesticides – including Roundup – in terms of their complete formulations. The products were all shockingly many times more toxic to human cells when tested against their isolated adjuvants or so-called active ingredients. Some were as much as 1,000 times more toxic.
Another in vivo study of pigs showed glyphosate and the adjuvant POEA combined in herbicide formulations were toxic to the pigs and lethal in high doses. Glyphosate alone, however, was not. A similar study using rats showed Roundup formulations were far more toxic than glyphosate alone.
Glyphosate Red Herring for Real Dangers of Roundup
Herbicides and pesticides are not accurately tested for safety and regulated by the agencies in charge of protecting human health and our environment. The additives in Roundup and other weed killers and pesticides can comprise as much as 95 percent of the finished product. The EPA, FDA and other alphabet agencies have failed to protect us from Roundup and other pesticides and chemicals. Our last best hope is that Roundup Lawsuits filed against Monsanto will stop the systemic poisoning of our food, soil, water, and our own bodies and minds.