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  • natsu4fun natsu4fun Jul 30, 2013 2:49 PM Flag

    New Study Links Monsanto's Roundup to Cancer


    A recent study by eminent oncologists Dr. Lennart Hardell and Dr. Mikael
    Eriksson of Sweden [1], has revealed clear links between one of the
    world's biggest selling herbicide, glyphosate, to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form
    of cancer [2].

    In the study published in the 15 March 1999 Journal of American Cancer
    Society, the researchers also maintain that exposure to glyphosate
    'yielded increased risks for NHL.' They stress that with the rapidly increasing use
    of glyphosate since the time the study was carried out, 'glyphosate
    deserves further epidemiologic studies.'

    Glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, is the world's most widely used
    herbicide. It is estimated that for 1998, over a 112,000 tonnes of
    glyphosate was used world-wide. It indiscriminately kills off a wide
    variety of weeds after application and is primarily used to control annual
    and perennial plants.

    71% of genetically engineered crops planted in 1998 are designed to be
    resistant to herbicides such as glyphosate, marketed by Monsanto as
    Roundup. Companies developing herbicide resistant crops are also
    their production capacity for the herbicides such as glyphosate, and also
    requesting permits for higher residues of these chemicals in genetically
    engineered food. For example, Monsanto have already received permits for a
    threefold increase in herbicide residues on genetically engineered
    in Europe and the U.S., up from 6 parts per million (PPM) to 20 PPM.

    'this study reinforces
    concerns by environmentalists and health professionals that far from
    reducing herbicide use, glyphosate resistant crops may result in increased
    residues to which we as consumers will be exposed in our food.'

    'Increased residues of glyphosate and its metabolites are already on sale
    via genetically engineered soya, common in processed foods. However no
    studies of the effects of GE soya sprayed with Roundup on health have been
    carried out

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    • Natsu, I invite you to do a thought experiment. Hardell and Eriksson asked people who had Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and people who did not, whether they had been exposed to glyphosate. So they have a table with 4 numbers:
      | have NHL | don't have NHL
      Exposed to glyphosate | A | B
      Not exposed to glyphosate | C | D

      Go to the paper to look up A,B,C,D.

      Then put those numbers into a make believe table:

      | have NHL | don't have NHL
      Read NY Times | A | B
      Don't read NY Times | C | D

      Do you think these numbers would indicate that that reading the NY Times is linked to non-Hodgkins lymphoma?

      If you don't, and I'm pretty sure you won't, then you need to learn about Bayes' Theorem.

    • 1999 ?? Wouldn't that have been read by zillions of scientific peers by now ? What did you find particularly insightful ?

      Sweden is also big on cell phones causing cancer "The Swedish study found large increased incidence of astrocytoma, the most common form of a malignant brain tumour type called glioma, in those who had been using mobiles for over 10 years"

      not that I know, but I feel I must wait for a body of evidence, not just single studies possibly fishing for further funding ( for the scientist)

      Maybe someone in your peer group would be willing to fund Hardell and Eriksson to do follow up think well of his initial study

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      • Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), a group representing 67,000 military veterans, sent a letter to President Obama just before Memorial Day asking for his assistance in delaying approval of a new breed of corn that's genetically modified to resist heavy applications of the herbicide 2,4-D, one of the two active ingredients in the infamous Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange.

        "As a whole, Agent Orange, PTSD, and the MIA-POW issues are sort of the trifold base for our organization. They are the issues around which we coalesced back in the late 70s and early 80s," says Dr. Tom Berger, executive director of the Veteran's Health Council for VVA. "If they allow this genetically engineered corn to be 2,4-D resistant, farmers can use 2,4-D more often during the growing cycle, and that's what concerns us. Farmers will be dumping a lot more 2,4-D on crops. We're pretty passionate about this."

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