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Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humans

Exposure of mammals to glyphosate may cause loss of mitochondrial transmembrane potential and result in oxidative stress to liver and brain [27, 28]. Both apoptosis and autophagy are involved in glyphosate toxicity mechanisms [29] Case reports indicated that exposure to glyphosate was related to Parkinsonism [19, 30].

http://omicsonline.org/open-access/detection-of-glyphosate-residues-in-animals-and-humans-2161-0525.1000210.pdf

Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humans Monika Krüger1, Philipp Schledorn1, Wieland Schrödl1, Hans-Wolfgang Hoppe2, Walburga Lutz3 and Awad A. Shehata1,4*

Environmental & Analytical Toxicology – Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humanshttp://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2161-0525.1000210

Conclusions Glyphosate residue could reach humans and animals through feed and excreted in urine. Presence of glyphosate in urine and its accumulation in animal tissues is alarming even at low concentrations. Unknown impacts of glyphosate on human and animal health warrants further investigations of glyphosate residues in vertebrates and other non-target organisms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and HumansDetection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humans

Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humans

The presence of glyphosate residues in both humans and animals could haul the entire population towards numerous health hazards, studying the impact of glyphosate residues on health is warranted and the global regulations for the use of glyphosate may have to be re-evaluated.

Monika Krüger1, Philipp Schledorn1, Wieland Schrödl1, Hans-Wolfgang Hoppe2, Walburga Lutz3 and Awad A. Shehata1,4* 

http://omicsonline.org/open-access/detection-of-glyphosate-residues-in-animals-and-humans-2161-0525.1000210.pdf

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Extreme” Levels of Roundup Detected in Food—Are You Eating This Toxic Contaminant?

By Dr. Mercola  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/20/glyphosate-roundup-levels.

In 2009, a French court found Monsanto guilty of lying; falsely advertising its Roundup herbicide as “biodegradable,” “environmentally friendly” and claiming it “left the soil clean.”

We’re now starting to understand just how false such statements are. For example, last summer, a groundbreaking study revealed a previously unknown mechanism of harm from glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

The research showed that glyphosate residues, found in most processed foods in the Western diet courtesy of GE sugar beets, corn, and soy, “enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease.” I encourage you to continue educating yourself about genetically engineered foods, and to share what you’ve learned with family and friends. Remember, unless a food is certified organic, you can assume it contains GMO ingredients if it contains sugar from sugar beets, soy, or corn, or any of their derivatives.

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“Extreme Levels” Of Herbicide Roundup Found In Food
By: Emily Cassidy, Biofuels Research Analyst

http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2014/04/extreme-levels-herbicide-roundup-found-food

A new study led by scientists from the Arctic University of Norway has detected “extreme levels” of Roundup, the agricultural herbicide manufactured by Monsanto, in genetically engineered soy.

This study demonstrated that Roundup Ready [GE]-soy may have high residue levels of glyphosate … and also that different agricultural practices may result in a markedly different nutritional composition of soybeans …. Lack of data on pesticide residues in major crop plants is a serious gap of knowledge with potential consequences for human and animal health.

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Scientists Link Autism To Toxic Chemicals During Fetal Development
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/05/11/new-study-links-autism-to-toxin-exposure/

May 11, 2014 by Arjun Walia.” “It’s time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism in California.” (2) – Irva Hertz – Picciotto, epidemiology professor at University of California, David. The cause of autism is still unknown, but we are definitely closer to figuring it out. A new study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, from researchers at the University of Chicago revealed that autism and intellectual disability (ID) rates are linked with exposure to harmful environmental factors during congenital development. (more…)

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Major Pesticides Are More Toxic to Human Cells Than Their Declared Active Principles

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955666/

Robin Mesnage, 1 Nicolas Defarge, 1 Joël Spiroux de Vendômois, 2 and Gilles-Eric Séralini 1 ,*

Pesticides are used throughout the world as mixtures called formulations. They contain adjuvants, which are often kept confidential and are called inerts by the manufacturing companies, plus a declared active principle, which is usually tested alone. We tested the toxicity of 9 pesticides, comparing active principles and their formulations, on three human cell lines (HepG2, HEK293, and JEG3). Glyphosate, isoproturon, fluroxypyr, pirimicarb, imidacloprid, acetamiprid, tebuconazole, epoxiconazole, and prochloraz constitute, respectively, the active principles of 3 major herbicides, 3 insecticides, and 3 fungicides. We measured mitochondrial activities, membrane degradations, and caspases 3/7 activities. Fungicides were the most toxic from concentrations 300–600 times lower than agricultural dilutions, followed by herbicides and then insecticides, with very similar profiles in all cell types. Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested. Most importantly, 8 formulations out of 9 were up to one thousand times more toxic than their active principles. Our results challenge the relevance of the acceptable daily intake for pesticides because this norm is calculated from the toxicity of the active principle alone.
Chronic tests on pesticides may not reflect relevant environmental exposures if only one ingredient of these mixtures is tested alone. (more…)

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