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GMOs in Breast Milk – WHO Reporting Increases

stockvault-woman-breastfeeding-baby132389The World Health Organization (WHO) has been receiving a rash of notices from breastfeeding mothers the past two years. In prior years there were 3-4 requests for testing annually.

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Monsanto Levies Charges of “Junk Science” Against Top World Health Experts, EWG Calls for a Retraction

Monsanto has worked hard (and spent an absurd amount of money on PR) to defend its company’s image, but a spate of negative press in recent weeks is really starting to take its toll on the company.

Of course, it’s well deserved: the main ingredient company’s flagship Roundup weedkiller product was just declared a probable carcinogen by a panel of 17 of the top cancer experts according to the World Health Organization.

Monsanto has long painted its opponents as being “anti-science” in their attacks on their chemicals and GMOs, but now Monsanto’s CEO Hugh Grant has taken it upon himself to challenge some of the world’s top scientific experts on cancer over the report, which could be highly damaging to his company’s bottom line.

It’s unfortunate that junk science and this kind of mischief can create so much confusion for consumers,” Grant said recently.

The company is calling on the WHO to retract its report.

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In response the Environmental Working Group is calling on Monsanto to retract its remarks.

Mr. Grant and Monsanto should immediately retract these ridiculous comments and instead turn their attention to the potential risks their product poses to customers, farm workers and the millions of others who are exposed to glyphosate,” said Ken Cook, president and co-founder of EWG.

A good start would be to fund an independent testing program for glyphosate in air in the Midwest – including towns and cities – during the Roundup saturation-spray season. We’d be happy to help the company design and execute a plan to expand on the US Geological Survey work that found its weed-killer everywhere – air, water, even rainfall – in the areas where it is heavily used.”

Monsanto also has a long history of causing devastation in several American towns due to the effects of its chemicals (see the pictures here), as pointed out by the EWG in their press release.

Considering the history of the company for causing health and environmental devastation, it’s no wonder that people are skeptical of Mr. Grant’s remarks and motives.

While the WHO is currently standing by its report, this story will remain one to watch considering that Monsanto has had science retracted in the past.

One prime example to note is the case of French scientist Gilles-Éric Séralini, whose experiment showing tumors in lab rats was retracted by the journal Food and Toxciology but only after a former Monsanto employee was appointed to the journal’s editorial board.

The study was later republished in another peer reviewed journal, casting more suspicion over the health effects of Monsanto’s GMOs. Stay tuned, folks.

Top Medical Journal, WHO Confirm: Monsanto’s Flagship Product Probably Causes Cancer

Recently, a major report in one of the world’s top medical journals concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best selling herbicide Roundup, is a “probable” carcinogen.

The report, which was published by the World Health Organization in The Lancet, said that there is “limited evidence” the weedkiller can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer and “convincing evidence” that it can also cause cancer in lab animals.

It was issued after a meeting of 17 cancer experts from 11 countries was convened this month.

In response the United States’ EPA has said it will consider the French agency’s evaluation.

Monsanto has denied the findings of the report saying that “all labeled uses for glyphosate are safe for human health” according to Phil Miller, the company’s global head of regulatory and government affairs.

The EPA has previously ruled that the agricultural chemical could be used “without unreasonable risks to people or the environment,” but considering its widespread use especially in U.S. farming coupled with the Lancet’s findings and other warnings, others remain far from convinced.

Several other studies including this 2013 one in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology have made similar associations.

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And glyphosate is becoming ubiquitous in the environment as well. A 2014 study of U.S. mothers found glyphosate in their breast milk at rates 760 to 1,600 times higher than what European safety standards allow. The chemical has also been showing up in rain and drinking water samples.

Approximately 1 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed on U.S. crops every year and many of these sprays contain glyphosate; meanwhile that number is rising each year in large part due to the use of Roundup-resistant genetically modified crops from Monsanto.

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is used on various types of crops, including Monsanto’s genetically modified, lab-created ones from seeds designed to withstand large doses of chemicals while the weeds and pesticides around it are killed.

Top Medical Journal, WHO Confirm: Monsanto’s Flagship Product Probably Causes Cancer

Recently, a major report in one of the world’s top medical journals concluded that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best selling herbicide Roundup, is a “probable” carcinogen.

The report, which was published by the World Health Organization in The Lancet, said that there is “limited evidence” the weedkiller can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer and “convincing evidence” that it can also cause cancer in lab animals.

It was issued after a meeting of 17 cancer experts from 11 countries was convened this month.

In response the United States’ EPA has said it will consider the French agency’s evaluation.

Monsanto has denied the findings of the report saying that “all labeled uses for glyphosate are safe for human health” according to Phil Miller, the company’s global head of regulatory and government affairs.

The EPA has previously ruled that the agricultural chemical could be used “without unreasonable risks to people or the environment,” but considering its widespread use especially in U.S. farming coupled with the Lancet’s findings and other warnings, others remain far from convinced.

Several other studies including this 2013 one in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology have made similar associations.

monsanto roundup linked to cancer

And glyphosate is becoming ubiquitous in the environment as well. A 2014 study of U.S. mothers found glyphosate in their breast milk at rates 760 to 1,600 times higher than what European safety standards allow. The chemical has also been showing up in rain and drinking water samples.

Approximately 1 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed on U.S. crops every year and many of these sprays contain glyphosate; meanwhile that number is rising each year in large part due to the use of Roundup-resistant genetically modified crops from Monsanto.

Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world and is used on various types of crops, including Monsanto’s genetically modified, lab-created ones from seeds designed to withstand large doses of chemicals while the weeds and pesticides around it are killed.