25 Sep 2018
Glyphosate Could Lead to Half of Children Having Autism by 2025
There are now more than 8,000 lawsuits pending against Monsanto, the maker of the weed killer Roundup, claiming that Roundup causes cancer, according to a story in Reuters. That might just be the tip of the iceberg for Monsanto because one researcher is now warning that exposure to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the weedkiller, could cause autism symptoms in half of all children by the year 2025.
Researcher Sounds the Alarm
Stephanie Seneff, a researcher who has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers related to such topics as autism, Alzheimer’s, nutrition and health, has warned that the effects of Glyphosate are so dangerous that one in two children is likely to suffer from autism within the next seven years. At a recent conference on GMOs, Dr. Seneff told the panel, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic,” according to a story in Health Impact News.
She explained that the effects of glyphosate toxicity closely mimic that seen in those suffering from autism. She provided evidence to the panel that crops treated with Roundup led to a rising rate of autism among children who consumed fruits and vegetables treated by the poison. Her research found that the biomarkers for autism, which include zinc and iron deficiencies, seizures, low serum sulfate, and mitochondrial disorder, are all found in those suffering from glyphosate toxicity.
The dangers of the poison go far beyond use on crops. Because glyphosate is widely used in the treatment of corn and soy, people who drink soda, eat corn sweetened candies, and eat chips and cereals made of soy or corn are all in danger from the poison, as small amounts of glyphosate were found to be present in all of these food items. This is also true of beef and poultry, since these animals are often fed grain and feed treated with Roundup.
According to the Health Impact News article, a recent study has supported Dr. Seneff’s research. In the study, it was found that pregnant women who lived near farms where the pesticide was used showed a 60 percent greater risk that their children would show signs of autism.
Troubles for Bayer Mounting
German company Bayer purchased Monsanto in June 2017 for over $63 billion. At the time of the sale, there were already 5,200 lawsuits against Monsanto and the number rose to over 8,000 by July of 2017.
In August 2018, a San Francisco jury awarded Dewayne Johnson $289 million after they concluded that Roundup was responsible for the non-Hodgkin lymphoma Johnson contracted. Johnson used the chemical as part of his job as a groundskeeper, and the jury took two and a half days to conclude that the chemical maker was liable for his illness.
Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos chastised Monsanto, explaining that the company “acted with malice, oppression or fraud and should be punished for its conduct.”
According to the article in USA Today, hundreds of other law suits have been given the go ahead, despite the company’s assurance that Roundup does not cause cancer. ‘We are sympathetic to Mr. Johnson and his family,” explained Scott Partridge, senior vice-president for Monsanto. Despite the ruling, the company stands by its product and Partridge added that the ruling “does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews . . . support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr Johnson’s cancer.”’
Previously, Monsanto sued the State of California and the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment after those agencies added glyphosate to their list of chemicals that cause cancer. The court ruled against the company.
No Governmental Protections
The government has done little to protect consumers from the effects of glyphosate. According to the Health Impact News article, a USDA study found that half of the food they tested contained pesticides, however, the researchers conducting the study found that 99 percent of the samples that contained glyphosate had levels deemed to be safe.
Inexplicably, glyphosate is one chemical that has not been tested. According to the USDA, “cost concerns” prevented the agency from being able to test for the residue of the chemical in food.
This is especially concerning for nursing mothers. A recent study found that mothers in the United States have anywhere from 760 to 1,600 times the amount of glyphosate in their breast milk than what is allowed in drinking water in Europe. Urine tests of Americans found that their levels were 10 times that of Europeans. According to the Dr. Seneff, the issue is so critical it is nearly beyond repair.
Roundup has a virtual stranglehold on the commercial weedkiller market. Try to find another product that works as well in commercial applications and you will find that Roundup has killed them off by driving them out of the market. (To be fair, some of them were even more toxic than Roundup is alleged to be.) There are, however, a number of substitutes that are less dangerous for humans.
Eco-Safe Systems USA, Inc. has a line of products that are based on 2-Phenethyl Proprionate and Eugenol (oil of cloves,), both of which are considered safe by the USDA, but Eco-Safe products aren’t available at Lowe’s or Home Depot because they are not sold to the public. Their products are distributed by their own lawn care service providers. The 56 year-old, publicly traded company has a share price reported at under – way under – one cent per share, which is faint competition for a behemoth like Monsanto, or Bayer, which now owns Monsanto.
Another line of products, from Bio-Safe Systems offers an extensive line of less-toxic and non-toxic alternatives for a wide variety of application. Because they are a privately owned company, there is little information on sales available for Bio-Safe products. Lowe’s and Home Depot don’t carry them either, but they are available to the consumer through lawn and garden centers.
There are two home remedies that are said to be highly effective against weeds: Vinegar and Orange Oil.
The Avenger line of weed and bug killers uses Orange Oil as its active ingredient. It is non-toxic and some of the Avenger products are effective against bugs as well as weeds. (Home Depot carries Avenger products; Lowe’s does not.)
Vinegar, all by itself, in a 20 percent solution, can be spot sprayed on weeds but it will also kill grass and other plants, and it is also hazardous to humans. It’s available in this concentration from lawn and garden supply stores. The stuff you put on your salad is just a five percent solution. It won’t kill weeds or anything else.