Upon hearing how dangerous glyphosate is, many people’s first question is why it is allowed to be sold if it is so deadly. The answer to that question, at least in the U.S., is very complex and involves a lot of money and political maneuvering. In Brazil, however, common sense appears to be prevailing as a judge in the country has suspended the use of glyphosate products.
A federal judge in Brasilia has ruled that any new products that use the chemical in its formulation cannot be registered there, and existing registrations will be suspended in the next 30 days while the government takes a closer look at the toxicology. The fungicide thiram and the insecticide abamectin will also be subject to this decision.
It won’t be surprising to see a slew of appeals to the decision, which could hit Monsanto very hard. The company markets a genetically modified, glyphosate-resistant soybean that is widely planted in Brazil. Brazil is the biggest exporter of soybeans in the world, due mainly to high demand from China…
Last month, a U.S. federal judge ruled that there was enough evidence for hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto filed on behalf of cancer patients to proceed to trial. The lawsuits claim that Roundup caused people’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and that Monsanto knew about the risk but failed to warn regulators and consumers.
Studies have also linked the chemical to a very long list of problems including heart disease, Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, liver disease, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, autism, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s. It is also harming the environment, affecting biodiversity and putting the entire ecosystem at risk.
Given all these dangers, it is surprising that the list of places glyphosate has been banned is not longer. How many people have to die before this dangerous ingredient is finally outlawed around the planet?