Wednesday, July 9, 2014

European glyphosate reassessment is corrupt - Seattle GMO |

European glyphosate reassessment is corrupt - Seattle GMO |

By Dr. Nancy Swanson 

How safe is "safe"?

The document itself lists summaries of over a hundred unpublished, industry-sponsored studies where the toxic effects of glyphosate were evaluated. Glyphosate was administered in various ways (food, skin, inhalation etc.) to laboratory animals (mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, dogs and chickens) at varying doses. Toxic adverse effects were always observed at some dosage. They assumed the response to the dose is linear, which is often not the case; and certainly not the case for endocrine disruptors. They then took the highest dose at which no adverse effects were observed, divided that by 100 and called it safe.

This would be believable if a person only ingested one dose at the “safe” level. But we are ingesting it every day in our food. This illusion of safety is based on their claims that glyphosate is quickly eliminated from the body, is not metabolized and does not accumulate in the body. This is false.

The current “safe” rate for ingesting glyphosate in Europe is 0.3 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day (mg/kg bw/day). The RMS recommended increasing that to 0.5 mg/kg bw/day. In the US, the “safe” rate is 1.75 mg/kg bw/day. They are telling us that it is okay for Europeans to consume 0.5 mg/kg bw/day for life. Apparently, its okay for us to consume 3.5 times that amount!

They tell us that these industry reports “prove” that glyphosate is non-toxic. What they really mean is that they believe that glyphosate ingested at this “safe” rate is non-toxic. They know that glyphosate causes intestinal problems, kidney problems, liver problems, reproductive problems, birth defects and cancer (among other things) at some dosage. Their own toxicology tests reveal that.

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