Roundup is Worse Than Formerly Understood

March 02, 2015

by Paul Fassa, Natural Health Journalist

( We are seeing unprecedented health issues in the U.S. today related to digestive health. Gluten intolerance and Celiac are probably just the tip of the iceberg. While the medical system wants to blame these conditions on genetics or food allergies, the truth is far simpler: We are being poisoned by the overuse of ubiquitous Roundup and other glyphosate based herbicides (GBH). Roundup is worse than formerly understood.

Research by MIT scientist Stephanie Seneff, PhD and others point to the rise of these health incidents and the high amounts of glyphosate in breast milk and urine, higher here in the USA than the EU, that link to extreme GBH use that can’t be removed from the foods of those crops where Roundup is used because it’s designed to penetrate plant cells – it’s in the food.

It’s not just GMO foods that are sprayed with GBHs, it’s also sprayed from the air into woodlands and on parks and golf courses. The drift affects the surrounding areas since glyphosate has a long half-life. It gets into our ground water and seeps into coastal waterways. And even our non-GMO food has become contaminated and toxic with GBHs.

Glyphosate base herbicides (GBH) such as Monsanto’s Roundup or Bayers’ Capreno or Ceresan are even doused on wheat, which is not GMO, as part of a drying process called desiccation that enables earlier harvesting by many Northern wheat farmers. The practice is under scrutiny in the UK and the EU and some nations may be banning it soon as GBH is even showing up in baked products.

Even some organic grains are showing GBH traces, though within the USDA organics guideline of allowable pesticide levels that may be from outside the purview of organic farmers. Commercial glyphosate based herbicides (GBH) are more acutely toxic than glyphosate itself. The amount of Roundup (containing glyphosate and the surfactant POEA) required to kill rats is about 1/3 the amount of glyphosate alone.

The acute toxicity of glyphosate products to humans was first publicized by physicians in Japan who studied suicide attempts using GBHs such as Roundup; nine cases were fatal. Symptoms included intestinal pain, (Celiac like?) vomiting, excess fluid in the lungs, pneumonia, clouding of consciousness, and destruction of red blood cells.

They calculated that the fatal cases ingested on average about 200 milliliters (3/4 of a cup). They believed that POEA was the cause of Roundup’s toxicity.

The EPA refused to admit dangers of glyphosate products claiming there were no studies of glyphosate to indicate carcinogenicity or other health issues. Unfortunately, the EPA only considers the active ingredient glyophosate, which itself promotes endocrine altering and infertility, no big deal with the EPA I suppose.

But the total package of Roundup is worse. The EPA ignores the surfactants and adjuvants used to boost glyphosate’s cellular absorption, such as POEAs or POE-15. In other words, they ignore the complete Roundup package. The EPA is part of the problem just as the USDA and FDA are.

Fortunately, a few years later and most recently, Seralini and his crew did isolate the surfactants and adjuvants, determining that POE-15 alone is the most toxic component of Roundup herbicides. Those rats with huge tumors were the visible results of Roundup toxicity in the Seralini et al two year trials with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO maize and Roundup herbicide.

From the Seralini et al unpublicized Roundup toxicity study, “The detailed known composition indicate that major adjuvants are ethoxylated, such as POEAs which are themselves mixtures of di-ethoxylates of tallowamines characterized by their oxide/tallowamine ratio. POEA commonly used in GBH (glyphosate based herbicides) is the POE (15) tallowamine (POE-15).”

This POEA or POE-15 data ties into the earlier Japanese study cited a few paragraphs ago. The symptoms described in that study of suicide attempts were Celiac like.

The Seralini study concluded that government agency testing should involve the complete packages of glyphosate products needs to be established instead of giving the manufacturers free rides, as the EPA and USDA has done for decades, to severely poison the public with a slow kill process for the next very few generations.