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Glyphosate Portal

On March 20 2015 the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency IARC declared that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. IARC reached its decision based on the view of 17 top cancer experts from 11 countries, who met to assess the carcinogenicity of 5 pesticides.

The Detox Project has created a unique one-stop resource based on independent peer-reviewed science to help you understand more about the probable harm being caused by glyphosate-based herbicides worldwide:

1o Things You Need to Know about Glyphosate

5 Things You Need to Know about Glyphosate Testing

Glyphosate in Numbers

Disclaimer: The results from the Detox Project glyphosate testing are not to be used for diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of disease or impairment. The results are also not to be used in any way for health assessment. The Detox Project is not suggesting in any way that any health condition you may have will improve if you manage to lower the glyphosate level in your body.

Glyphosate = GM Crops

  • GM crops accounted for 45.2% of the total global glyphosate demand in 2012. (1)
  • 90 % of the soybeans and 70 % of the corn and cotton grown in the United States are glyphosate-tolerant GM crops. (2)
  • Glyphosate-tolerant GM crops represent more than 80% of the 120 million hectares of GM crops grown annually worldwide. (3)
  • The global glyphosate herbicides market was valued at USD 5.46 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 8.79 billion by 2019. (4)

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Glyphosate is patented as:

#1: an Antibiotic – leading to concerns about possible harm including the killing of beneficial gut bacteria which causes immune system damage. (8)

#2: a Chelating Agent – Although glyphosate can be rapidly immobilized in soil (also spray tank mixtures, and plants) through chelation with various cat-ions (Ca, Mg, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Zn), it is not readily degraded and can accumulate for years (in both soils and perennial plants). Glyphosate’s chelation properties may lead to possible harm such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies. (9)

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Roundup = Monsanto

  • Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is the world’s top-selling weed killer. Its active ingredient is glyphosate. (5)
  • Monsanto currently relies on sales of Roundup for an estimated 20% of its net revenue.(6)
  • There are currently no requirements from global regulatory authorities for Monsanto to prove that its Roundup formulations are safe over the long term for the environment or human health.(7)

References:

  1. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12107677.htm
  2. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/business/energy-environment/04weed.html
  3. http://www.agbioforum.org/v12n34/v12n34a10-duke.htm
  4. http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/glyphosate-market.html
  5. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-08/monsanto-profit-tops-estimates-as-latin-america-soybeans-gain.html
  6. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101549056#
  7. http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2014/179691/
  8. http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=1&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&S1=7771736&OS=7771736&RS=7771736
  9. http://www.archpatent.com/patents/3160632