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posted by janrinok on Wednesday July 30 2014, @07:04PM   Printer-friendly
from the Monsanto-is-having-a-bad-week dept.

Monsanto's RoundUp, a widely used pesticide, uses the active ingredient Glyphosate and it may be up for another serious beating. Medical specialists and scientists in Sri Lanka has found that when glyphosate comes in contact with heavy metals like cadmium, arsenic, manganese and cobalt which exist naturally in the soil or fertilizer, it becomes highly toxic and has a high likelihood of causing fatal kidney disease for anyone that comes into contact with it. And because the substance binds to metals it will not show up in current tests. The report (and another one) is published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and has resulted in that the Sri Lanka president to ban glyphosate immediately.

Exposure to glyphosate causes a drop in amino acid tryptophan levels, which interrupts the necessary active signalling of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is associated with weight gain, depression, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The report show that industry and regulators knew as long ago as the 1980's and 1990's that glyphosate causes malformation, but that information was not made public. Glyphosate is also a teratogenic.

Monsanto has been in the news quite recently.

 
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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 30 2014, @07:41PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 30 2014, @07:41PM (#75653)

    The people who wrote the paper have nothing to do with the loon site. So tarring unrelated people is pretty poor form.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 30 2014, @07:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 30 2014, @07:48PM (#75656)

    but quite American

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 30 2014, @07:51PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 30 2014, @07:51PM (#75657)

    > The people who wrote the paper have nothing to do with the loon site.
    > So tarring unrelated people is pretty poor form.

    Kaszz did the tarring, not VLM.

    When you link to a loon site as a source for a story, then you have discredited the story from the start.
    Like linking to a fox news story about non-conservatives or an RT story about russia, or a dailymail story about nearly anything.

    • (Score: 2) by etherscythe on Wednesday July 30 2014, @09:12PM

      by etherscythe (937) on Wednesday July 30 2014, @09:12PM (#75692) Journal

      Or anything associated with Alex Jones. I immediately apply my salt shaker when I see infowars.com or prisonplanet

      --
      "Fake News: anything reported outside of my own personally chosen echo chamber"
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 31 2014, @09:47AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 31 2014, @09:47AM (#75841)

      Not to mention the fact that Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease have nothing to do with serotonin.

  • (Score: 2) by VLM on Wednesday July 30 2014, @08:22PM

    by VLM (445) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday July 30 2014, @08:22PM (#75669)

    "The people who wrote the paper have nothing to do with the loon site."

    Roger that, I should have emphasized in my three posts of comments that its strictly one source per comment aside from the "someone is trying to sabotage the argument by linking to a nutcase site right next to real scientific papers".