Birth Defects: More Bad News for Roundup®

June 9th, 2011
in econ_news

Roundup Econintersect:  In late April GEI News reported on the claims that research had identified problems associated with genetically modified plants that had been modified to be resistant to damage by Roundup®, a weed control product maunfactured by Monsanto Chemical Company.  Now another report has been brought to the attention of GEI News that presents more unwelcome information for Monsanto.

Follow up:

The report entitled "Roundup and birth defects - Is the public being kept in the dark?" reviews data of birth defects in animal embryos exposed to very low doses of glyphosate, a key ingrediaent in Roundup®.  The summary from the report:

This report provides a comprehensive review of the peer-reviewed scientific literature, documenting the serious health hazards posed by glyphosate and Roundup herbicide formulations.  On the basis of this evidence, we call on the Commission to cancel its delay in reviewing glyphosate and to arrange an objective review of the pesticide.  The review must take into account the full range of scientific literature, as demanded by the new pesticides regulation, and should be started as soon as the the new data requirements are in palce this year.  In the meantime, the commission should use its powers to withdraw plophosate and Roundup from the market.

The commission referred to is an EU Commission.

The report has a total of ten authors and endorsers, eight of whom are affiilated with universities in the UK, U.S. and Brazil.   The report has a list of 359 references.   

Source:  Roundup and Birth Defects and GEI News

Hat tip to Roger Erickson

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