The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist
Roundup is the Monsanto herbicide that is touted as the cornerstone of GMO food crops. Monsanto claims these crops are genetically engineered to withstand heavy spraying of Roundup.
There are several key lies associated with these claims – but a new one has surfaced.
A study to be published this month indicts Roundup and, in fact, the general class of insecticides and herbicides. On what grounds? When they’re tested for safety, only the so-called “active ingredients” are examined.
The untested ingredients are called “adjuvants,” and they are said to be inert and irrelevant. But the new study concludes this is far from true. The adjuvants are actually there to INCREASE the killing power of the active ingredient in the herbicide or insecticide.
Safety tests don’t take this into account. “Active ingredients” are already toxic, but the adjuvants ramp up their poisonous nature even higher.
And the worst offender is Roundup.
Here are key quotes from a January 31 article at GM Watch, “Pesticide approvals misleading – and Roundup most toxic of 9 pesticides tested.”
“Pesticide formulations as sold and used are up to 1000 times more toxic than the isolated substance that is tested and evaluated for safety.”
“Roundup the most toxic of herbicides and insecticides tested.”
“…the complete pesticide formulations as sold and used also contain additives (adjuvants), which increase the pest- or weedkilling activity of the pesticide. These complete formulations do not have to be tested in medium- and long-term tests – even though they are the substances to which farmers and citizens are exposed.”
“This is a serious defect of the regulatory process, according to a newly published study by the team of Professor Séralini (Mesnage et al. 2014, Biomedical Research International). The study found that for eight major pesticides (out of a total of nine analyzed), the commercial formulation is up to 1000 times more toxic than the active ingredient assessed for safety by regulators.”
“The study was carried out in vitro on three types of human cells.”
“The study produced another surprise outcome. Roundup is often claimed to be a benign herbicide that is widely used in public spaces and by home gardeners as well as by farmers. Yet the researchers found it was by far the most toxic of all the herbicides and insecticides they tested.”…
The claim that should be considered very carefully is that Roundup damages your gut flora and this is what will make you sick over time if you eat GMO foods designed to be sprayed with it. See: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/09/monsanto-roundup-herbicide.aspx
I want a pocket spectrophotometer or some other small personal device to analyze foods before we take a bite. I’d also like visible meters for what my body needs the most at any given moment. For example, is my systemic zinc level low or high? An attempt to do this is hair mineral analysis, but I have some doubts about the diagnostic value. Still, it seems like a step in the right direction.