“We will get Roundup recalled, and we will have an impact on the chemical treadmill,” said Zen Honeycutt of Moms Across America
– Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Photo: London Permaculture/cc/flickrIt’s time for Monsanto’s Roundup to stop poisoning our food.
That was the message brought to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday by a group of concerned mothers who say that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widespread herbicide made by the chemical and biotechnology giant, is putting public health in jeopardy.
The group of 11, which included scientists, a lawyer and health worker, urged the agency to look at the results of a recent pilot study commissioned by their group, Moms Across America, and Sustainable Pulse. Their study found glyphosate present in human breast milk, indicating — contrary to industry claims — that the herbicide may build up or “bioaccumulate” in women’s bodies.
The results of that study were “considerable and shocking,” Zen Honeycutt, Founder and Director of Moms Across America, told Common Dreams.
Honeycutt pointed to a previous study which looked at on Roundup’s negative effects on gut bacteria and pointed to possible links between those effects and a number of diseases. She said that in her group’s breast milk study, the sample with the highest levels of Roundup detected had levels that were higher than was shown to destroy gut bacteria in the earlier study.