Roundup Ingredient May Kill Human Cells: And You Thought Glyphosate Was Bad


Roundup Ingredient May Kill Human Cells: And You Thought Glyphosate Was Bad

It’s been two decades since glyphosate sales really hit their stride, with products like Monsanto’s Roundup taking the lead in the herbicide wars. And although its taken a long time, finally the news seems to be out that glyphosate is a dangerous chemical, not only to humans who prefer not have cancer, but also to honeybees, butterflies, fish, birds and life on earth in general.

The world seems to be awakening to its danger. Countries like Russia, France, Brazil, South Africa and Sri Lanka, along with the E.U. as a whole have passed or attempted to pass outright bans on the stuff. One researcher, Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT called glyphosate “…the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies,”


With millions of tons of the stuff having been spread across the world’s crops and particularly in the U.S., where 1.8 million tons of it have been sprayed since it was first introduced in 1974, it’s no wonder.

However a new study reveals that what we might have to fear form Roundup in particular isn’t only the proven carcinogen glyphosate, but a host of other ingredients as well.

Researchers now believe that Roundups inert ingredients can kill human cells, especially embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells. Inert ingredients in herbicides include things like solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other ingredients meant to enhance the viability of glyphosate, the actual herbicide in Roundup.

While previous studies have focused solely on glyphosate–granted, with good reason–this latest study from France’s University of Caen found that these inert ingredients amplify the toxicity of glyphosate on human cells. And the truly alarming thing was that they found this to hold true even when testing on solutions much more dilute than those typically used on farms and home lawns and gardens.

One ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA, was found to be more harmful to human embryonic, placental, and umbilical cord cells than glyphosate itself.

As the study authors explained, this proves that Monsanto is misusing the term “inert.”

“This clearly confirms that the [inert ingredients] in Roundup formulations are not inert,” explained the study authors. “Moreover, the proprietary mixtures available on the market could cause cell damage and even death [at the] residual levels” commonly found on Roundup-treated crops, like soybeans, alfalfa, and corn.

Keep in mind the common practice these days of farmers using Roundup as a desiccant, an agent used to dry their crops a week or two before harvest to prevent rot–leaving all those delicious chemicals to end up on your plate.

At worst this latest study should be yet another nail in the coffin of glyphosate and Roundup use.

We need to kill it before it kills us.

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