(NaturalNews) Long-term consumption of tiny levels of Roundup herbicide that are lower than those permitted in U.S. water supplies can lead to liver and kidney damage caused in part by changes in gene expression. This is according to a study conducted by an international group of researchers from France, Italy and the United Kingdom that was published in the journal Environmental Health on August 25.
Cancerous tumors, kidney and liver damage? Just add a tiny amount of Roundup.
It is no surprise to me that even the tiniest amounts of Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, is extremely dangerous to human health. What do i mean by tiniest?
“The study extends the findings of a paper previously published in 2012. For the experiment, rats had Roundup added to their drinking water at doses lower than those permitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The researchers found that some of the rats underwent “25 percent body weight loss, presence of tumors over 25 percent body weight, hemorrhagic bleeding, or prostration.”
The dose used in the study is “environmentally relevant in terms of human, domesticated animals and wildlife levels of exposure,” the researchers warned. They noted that the findings suggest that widespread Roundup use likely has significant health implications for both humans and animals.
Roundup, also known by the name of its active ingredient glyphosate, is the top-selling herbicide in the world. It is produced by Monsanto.
Roundup seems to have widespread, systemic effects. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified glyphosate as a possible carcinogen, and a recent study by researchers from Fliders University in Australia found that even at levels likely to be found in U.S. and Australian drinking water, Roundup caused damaged to the human endocrine (hormonal) system, in part by killing off progesterone-producing cells in women. The researchers also found that Roundup was even more toxic than its active ingredient (glyphosate) alone.
“There were more than 4,000 genes in the liver and kidneys [of the rats that were fed Roundup] whose levels of expression had changed,” said lead researcher Michael Antoniou of King’s College London.
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