Roundup Toxicity: Officials Have Kept Proof Hidden for Decades
More information about the toxicity of the weedkiller known as Roundup has come to public light this year more than any other in history. Some experts have gone so far as to call the product mankind’s greatest mistake: http://www.safelawns.org/blog/index.php/2011/01/roundup-part-iii-mankinds-greatest-mistake/. According to a recent report from Earth Open Source (http://www.earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/17-roundup-and-birth-defects-is-the-public-being-kept-in-the-dark) however, government and industry officials have hidden information for years, in some cases decades.
Highlights of the report include:
Industry has known from its own studies since the 1980s that glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) causes malformations in experimental animals at high doses
Industry has known since 1993 that these effects also occur at lower and mid doses
The German government has known since at least 1998 that glyphosate causes malformations
The EU Commission’s expert scientific review panel knew in 1999 that glyphosate causes malformations
The EU Commission has known since 2002 that glyphosate causes malformations. This was the year it signed off on the current approval of glyphosate