There’s been a huge rise in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases in recent years, and a scientific review recently suggested that chemical pesticides are playing an important role in perpetuating the disease. The particular problem is glyphosate, which is an active ingredient in a popular weedkiller called Roundup.
Below are some things that Roundup and its carcinogenic ingredient glyphosate have been linked to:
• human embryonic cell death
• breast cancer, among other cancers
• hormone dysfunction
• birth defects
• eye, skin, and respiratory discomfort
• spontaneous abortions in farm animals
“Data has been emerging that point to various health and environmental consequences resulting from glyphosate and Roundup use,” indicates Warren Porter, PhD, professor of environmental toxicology and former chair of zoology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “These include an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, genetic damage, neurological impacts, as well as water contamination, impacts on amphibians and immune function, and increasing weed resistance.”
The chemical is used so often, though, that glyphosate is frequently found in human and even cow urine. In 2010 alone, in fact, farmers sprayed roughly 57 million pounds; this is especially problematic, as scientists now understand that even miniscule doses can lead to health problems that could even include potentially irreversible biological damage.
“A compound that supposedly degrades rapidly due to sunlight has been measured by the United States Geological Survey in the atmosphere and water—in abundance—all over the Midwest over multiple years,” Porter continues. “This compound can affect the rate of conversion of testosterone to estrogen, which implies effects on sexual development and sexual preferences.”
Even apart from the apparent connection between Roundup and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, researchers discovered 2,4-D exposure in farming gave way to a 40 percent greater risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma- which is significant considering the federal government is thinking of approving GMO seeds that can withstand both 2,4-D as well as glyphosate.
Certain scientists think many of these farming chemicals are adversely affecting human white blood cells, and wrecking our immune systems in the process.
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