Glyphosate: no one is safe, we are all exposed

The Italian newspaper Il Salvagente with the Association A Sud analyzed the urine of 14 pregnant women who were positive to the herbicide. Suspect number one? The feeding.

There is no need to live near the countryside fields, the risk of being contaminated by glyphosate is real, even living in the center of a big city like Rome. Analyzes conducted by the monthly newspaper Leader in Consumer Scams Laboratory Il Salvagente, in association with the Association A sud, are clear: 14 women out of 14 examined were positive in the search for glyphosate in their urine.

“If we do not change the route, no one can feel safe. Nor can he think that they are their children, even if they have not yet seen the light, “explains Riccardo Quintili, manager of the monthly Il Salvagente, adding that” among the many things to change there is also the attitude of who should institutionally defend the Consumers, and often find themselves in conflict of interest. “The reference is to too many scandals that have accompanied the studies on glyphosate safety, especially those who over the last few years have given it away by defeating” probable carcinogenicity “declared by Iarc the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

The amounts of glyphosate found in the analyzes range from 0.43 nanograms per milliliter of urine up to 3.48 nanograms. Few? Many? We can not give a judgment, since there are no maximum permissible quantities. What is certain is that glyphosate should never be present in our body, much less that of the unborn.

What are the risks? Patrizia Gentilini, an oncologist, explained: “There are numerous experimental data on human placental and embryonic cells that show how glyphosate induces necrosis and favors programmed cell death. So this is a genotoxic substance other than carcinogenic, as the Iarc has established, not forgetting that the herbicide also acts as an interfering endocrine. “

The number one reported, according to the monthly consumer reviews and from A Sud is the feeding: the road leading glyphosate into our body inevitably goes for what we bring to the table. Not only bread, pasta, flour, and other flour based products have shown our analysis conducted a year ago by the Il Salvagente. More than 85% of the feed used in farms are, in fact, maize, soy, OGM, made resistant to glyphosate.

Marica Di Pierri, from A Sud: “We must radically change the way we produce food. Agriculture without pesticides is possible and is a matter of health as well as of protecting the environment in which we live. The tools at our disposal to halt the European Commission which seems willing to renew for another ten years the glyphosate authorization are bottom-up actions promoted by citizens, farmers and social movements in the forefront to defend their health and food sovereignty ” .



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