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posted by janrinok on Monday January 23 2017, @10:57PM   Printer-friendly
from the positively-RATified dept.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/01/study-linking-herbicide-disease-fuels-debate-170116140401709.html

UK scientists say they have conducted an unprecedented, long-term study showing a link between Roundup - one of the most widely used herbicides in the world - and severe liver damage in test rats.

The research sparked further debate in the international scientific community over the potential health hazards to people caused by exposure to the well-known weed killer.

Scientists from King's College London, whose findings were published in the journal, Nature , earlier this month, said their tests used cutting-edge technology to demonstrate that "extremely low doses" of the herbicide administered to rats through their drinking water had caused "non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)" over a two-year period.

NAFLD can lead to more serious liver disease such as cirrhosis, and increases the risk of other illnesses including diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.

"The study is unique in that it is the first to show a causative link between consumption of Roundup at a real-world environmental dose and a serious disease condition," the report said.

In recent years, there have been an increasing number of studies alleging links between herbicides - used to help grow genetically modified crops - to a wide range of health issues including birth defects, reproductive and neurological problems, cancer, and even DNA damage. Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, has repeatedly denied the accusations , insisting the product is safe for humans. A number of scientists and researchers say there has been insufficient evidence to prove herbicides cause health problems for people.

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  • (Score: 2) by Appalbarry on Tuesday January 24 2017, @01:31AM

    by Appalbarry (66) on Tuesday January 24 2017, @01:31AM (#457886) Journal

    First of all, I actually really love dandelions, much to the chagrin of the neighbours.

    A few decades ago, when I was young, in the heart of what used to be a major fruit growing region in British Columbia,* the father a friend used to clean out his big pesticide spray tanks by climbing inside with a hose and washing out to inside of the tank.

    Twenty years later when he died of some rare and nasty condition we could see why that was a really bad idea. In what universe is it rational to think that something that kills plants, bugs, and animals isn't going to hurt humans?

    * Now a major strip mall, big box store, and walled senior community region, with nary a fruit tree in sight.

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 24 2017, @02:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 24 2017, @02:48AM (#457916)

    Dandelion Wine.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 24 2017, @03:32AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 24 2017, @03:32AM (#457929)

    I'm sure what your neighbors REALLY love about you is how you are growing a wild weed garden full of seeds that blow into their yard forcing the extra work, expense, and general pain in the ass on THEM because you're too lazy to even pull your weeds out by hand which is the green way of doing it. Nah, keep blowing your seeds right onto their lawn, inconsiderate fellow. You are probably increasing your neighbors' herbicide use as a consequence.

    • (Score: 2) by t-3 on Tuesday January 24 2017, @05:24AM

      by t-3 (4907) on Tuesday January 24 2017, @05:24AM (#457956) Journal

      Well... Dandelions are edible (both the leaves and the root, they were introduced to the Americas by European settlers for this reason) they improve soil (the thick taproot breaks up compacted soil and pulls up nutrients from deeper than grass roots go), they provide food for pollinators, and why do you need a grass lawn when you don't own any animals?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 24 2017, @06:56AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 24 2017, @06:56AM (#457983)
        Well at least you're not using GMO dandelions and suing your neighbours for unauthorized reproduction of intellectual property ;).
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 24 2017, @03:07PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 24 2017, @03:07PM (#458105)

    Roasted dandelion root tea. Tastes very good hot or cold, and is very good for you too.

  • (Score: 1) by tbuskey on Saturday January 28 2017, @12:47PM

    by tbuskey (6127) on Saturday January 28 2017, @12:47PM (#459867)

    Dandelions are one of the 1st things Bees can harvest in the spring when they need it.