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ROUNDUP and BIRTH

DEFECTS:

Is the public being kept in the dark?

Roundup link with birth defects – study Photo by Eglantine

Research shows the best-selling herbicide Roundup causes malformations in frog and chicken embryos at doses much lower than those used in agricultural spraying. The malformations found were mostly of the craniofacial and neural crest type, which affect the skull, face, midline, and developing brain and spinal cord. The research team was led by Professor Andrés Carrasco, lead researcher of the Argentine government research body CONICEF. Carrasco was prompted to carry out the study by reports of high rates of birth defects in areas of Argentina dedicated to growing genetically modified Roundup Ready (GM RR) soy. The birth defects seen in humans were of a similar type to those found in Carrasco’s study. GM RR soy is designed to be sprayed with Roundup herbicide, based on the chemical glyphosate. The Roundup Ready gene allows the crop to be sprayed with Roundup herbicide, which kills weeds but allows the crop to survive. It is also important to note GM RR soy and other crops are tolerant rather than resistant to Roundup and glyphosate: which is, they absorb the herbicide and survive. As a result, GM RR crops are a reservoir of potentially high levels of glyphosate, which will then be ingested by animals or people who eat the crops. The spread of GM RR varieties has let to massive increases in the amount of glyphosate sprayed in soy-producing areas. In Brazil, nearly 90,000 tons of glyphosate-based pesticides in 71 different commercial formula-

tions were sold in 2009. In Argentina, over half the cultivated land is given over to GM soy, which is sprayed with 200 million liters of glyphosate herbicide each year. Spraying is often carried out from the air, causing major problems of drift. Carrasco said, “From the ecotoxicological point of view, what is happening in Argentina is a massive experiment.” It is a cautionary tale of what could happen in any country which adopts glyphosate-tolerant GM crops on a large scale.

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