Are You Eating, Drinking and Breathing Monsanto's New Agent Orange?
Sayer Ji Special to Salem-News.com
(NEW YORK) - In a groundbreaking study published in Analytical and
Bioanalytical Chemistry last month, researchers found that glyphosate,
the active ingredient in the herbicide ³Roundup,² is flowing freely into
the groundwater in areas where it is being applied.
The researchers found that 41% of the 140 groundwater samples taken from
Catalonia Spain, had levels beyond the limit of quantification
indicating that, despite manufacturer¹s claims, it does not break down
rapidly in the environment, and is accumulating there in concerning
Why Is Groundwater Contamination An Important Finding?
Groundwater is water located beneath the ground surface, that supplies
aquifers, wells and springs. If a chemical like glyphosate is mobile
enough to get into the groundwater and is intrinsically resistant to
being biodegraded (after all, it is being used to kill/degrade living
things not the other way around), significant environmental exposures
to humans using the water are inevitable.
Keep in mind that glyphosate is considered by the EPA as a Class III
toxic substance, fatal to an adult at 30 grams, and has been linked to
over 20 adverse health effects in the peer-reviewed, biomedical
This groundwater contamination study adds to another highly concerning
finding from March, published in the journal of Environmental Toxicology
and Chemistry, where researchers found the chemical in 60-100% of all
air and rain samples tested, indicating that glyphosate pollution and
exposure is now omnipresent in the US. When simply breathing makes you
susceptible to glyphosate exposure, we know we are dealing with a
problem of unprecedented scale.
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