The European Commission approved glyphosate knowing, as Monsanto did, that it causes birth defects, while the public were kept in the dark, the herbicide must now be banned.
By Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
13 July 2011
A damning report co-authored by an international group of scientists and
researchers for non-government organisation Open Earth Source (OES) reveals that
studies from industry including those from Monsanto since the 1990s showed
glyphosate caused birth defects and the European Commission approved the
herbicide in full knowledge of those finding ....
Evidence of birth defects from industry and independent studies
The OES report
reveals that studies carried out by industry in the 1990s showed embryonic
lethality and birth defects in laboratory animals, including dilation of the
heart in rabbits at low doses of glyphosate. Higher doses were shown to cause
defects in independent studies as far back as 1980.
Monsanto has responded by denying its own findings : "Regulatory authorities
and independent experts around the world agree that glyphosate does not cause
adverse reproductive effects in adult animals or birth defects in offspring of
these adults exposed to glyphosate, even at doses far higher than relevant
environmental or occupational exposures."
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