France has banned the sale of Roundup, the Monsanto herbicide that may be linked to causing cancer. Since its introduction Roundup has caused numerous problems including polluting the soil and water, creating “super weeds” that require even more poison to control them, and reported health problems from those who live and work around the stuff. Consider the following list, which comes from EcoWatch, and talks about the harmful effects of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup:
ADHA, Alzheimer’s. Anencephaly (birth defect involving the absence of part of the brain), Autism, various forms of cancer (brain, breast, prostate, lung – you name it), Celiac disease, chronic kidney diseases, colitis, diabetes, heart disease, hypothyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease, reproductive problems including infertility, miscarriages, stillbirths, obesity, respiratory illnesses, and if that list isn’t enough to depress you, you can also add depression.
France has taken notice. The U.S.? Not so much, at least not the government agencies that are supposed to protect the environment and health. In fact the EPA recently increased the amount of Roundup residue that is “acceptable” in crops while acknowledging that long-term use can lead to kidney damage and reproductive problems. The EPA is not out to protect anyone except the corporations to which they (corporations are people remember) have ties.
So what can we do? In short – nothing. Roundup is everywhere and it is out of control. Traces turn up in our food, in our water and in our air. It doesn’t matter where you live. Eating organic food can help, as can refraining from using Roundup to kill weeds in your yard, but it’s no assurance that you won’t eventually be affected by Roundup. Monsanto has released a monster that cannot be controlled.