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Monsanto and its glyphosate weed-killer embroiled in controversy in Argentina

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013 - 16:22 UTC
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Monsanto Co. is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina. Read full article


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  • DennisA

    “EPA approval “is not an assurance or finding of safety”” So from the other side of the coin, why then is EPA disapproval taken as evidence of harm?

    Oct 24th, 2013 - 09:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    I'm absolutely NOT surprised that there is a surge of adverse conditions in rural populations if the local farmers are mixing Roundup with additional surfactants, Endosulfan, 2.4.D, and other unspecified agrotoxins!

    It seems the culpability lays - in this case - with the Argentinian farmers and Argentinian health agencies.

    Endosulphan and 2.4.D (a member of the DDT family) used on their own are serious human health risks.
    Unspecified agrotoxins represent a further unknown category of risk to human health.
    The whole lot, mixed together, creates a synergistic 'flare' - a risk where the toxicity of the whole is greater than the toxicity of the parts applied separately.

    The contamination of watercourses and groundwater confers contaminations to drinking water in the home, and the specific risk to pregnant mothers in the early stages of pregnancy.

    We took into my Biosciences department some years back an Argentinian researcher who specifically investigated the teratogenic (malformed babies) behaviour of these mixed agrotoxins.
    The risks are known and understood in Argentina -
    all undergraduate agro-scientists study this at some time in their courses.

    The allowing of such practices to develop and proliferate makes the Argentinian government absolutely culpable - and liable to huge compensations.

    Oct 24th, 2013 - 12:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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