Breaking News – Popular Monsanto Pesticide Found To Cause Cancer
Written by: Janet Early
Have you used the weed-killing product “Roundup?” Hopefully not, because news stemming from the World Health Organization’s most recent report on ingredients known to cause cancer directly linked Roundup’s main ingredient to the life-threatening disease. The ingredient is called glyphosate and it’s used on almost every acre of corn, soy and cotton in U.S. agricultural farming.
Coming off of this disheartening report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in California published a “notice of intent” to change the labeling on Roundup to clearly denote the cancer-causing properties of its lead ingredient.
Roundup is the world’s most widely-used herbicide, utilized in more than 160 countries and making up 1.4 billion pounds of herbicide usage each year. In the U.S, the product is the second most used lawn and garden weed killer by households throughout the country. If you have it sitting in your garage, hopefully it won’t be for long after you finish this article.
Glyphosate has been under attack in the past for its effects on human health. For example, Monsanto vehemently denied claims by the Agency for Research on Cancer earlier this year that the ingredient is likely carcinogenic. Furthermore, an international study recently found that even very small doses of Roundup led to kidney and liver damage. Also astonishing, the Center for Food Safety directly linked the heavy use of the herbicide to a 90% decrease in the U.S. population of monarch butterflies.
The news of the product’s re-labeling is refreshing, but was (maybe not so coincidentally) released during a holiday weekend, when most people were traveling, enjoying themselves and/or not paying attention to the news. But this health bulletin is something everyone should be aware of, since it exemplifies another situation in which human consumption of chemicals causes cancer.
The more famous example of this is the direct connection between smoking cigarettes and the development of lung cancer. What it boils down to is this: when you ingest foreign chemicals, you are taking a chance on your health.
Therefore, it has never been more important to become knowledgeable about where and how your food is grown. To protect yourself against the harmful (and largely unknown) effects of chemical consumption, buy organic products as much as possible (especially the dirty dozen) and try to buy locally.
“Organic” indicates that the food you’re going to buy was not treated with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, radiation, or sewage sludge. There are varying degrees of “organicity” allowed under American law, so make sure you read the labels thoroughly to get the full picture.
There are lots of benefits to buying locally as well. Buying produce from local growers reduces the interim between farm and table, granting you the freshest food available and lessening the chance of contamination or spoiling during travel. Plus, local farmers are not anonymous producers; they’re easily contactable and typically take their responsibility to the community seriously.
While buying truly pure food is difficult these days due to the proliferation of chemical-treatments and GMOs as well as high prices and cross-contamination, it’s more important than ever to sharpen your savviness when it comes to providing food for you and your family. If someone had an apple, sprayed it with pesticide in front of you, wiped it on their shirt and then offered it to you, would you take it? You’d probably look at them like they were crazy. But, unfortunately, the reality of such chemical manipulation of the food in our grocery stores is kind of that crazy.
Be on your guard for news reports like these (that major companies will try to downplay and hide), as well as opportunities to buy the freshest, most natural foods available. You, your body, your family and your community deserve the healthiest stuff out there.
Janet Early is a health enthusiast living in Los Angeles and working as a researcher for a major television company. An aspiring writer, Janet discovered her passion for wholesome nutrition and natural healing while navigating the struggles of balancing food sensitivities in a modern world. In addition to nutrition, she enjoys traveling, storytelling and embarking on daily adventures.
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