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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: 2) by meisterister on Wednesday July 30 2014, @09:08PM

    by meisterister (949) on Wednesday July 30 2014, @09:08PM (#75690) Journal

    Poison is poisonous!

    News at 11.

    But on a more serious note, maybe it isn't the best idea to soak your lawn/crops in this stuff.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 30 2014, @10:23PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 30 2014, @10:23PM (#75733)

    > Poison is poisonous!

    Everything is poisonous. The dose makes the poison.
    The problem alluded to here is that Monsanto hasn't properly informed people of the dose.

  • (Score: 2) by evilviper on Thursday July 31 2014, @01:48AM

    by evilviper (1760) on Thursday July 31 2014, @01:48AM (#75771) Homepage Journal

    You might mean yard, rather than "lawn". Once glyophosphate touches your lawn, you don't have a lawn, anymore.

    Hydrogen cyanide is a delicious and necessary part of the human diet.