Greenpeace has published a worldwide scientific report that points out the negative effects of the herbicide glyphosate , used in several countries, such as Argentina, for the cultivation of transgenic soybeans . This herbicide has harmful effects on human health and the environment. Companies that use glyphosate claim that it is safe. It is the active ingredient in herbicides marketed throughout the world, including the one known as Roundup, made by the multinational company Monsanto. Glyphosate- based herbicides are widely used for weed control, as they are non-selective and kill all vegetation.
Harms of the herbicide Glyphosate
Regarding the harm to human health , the report warns that human exposure to glyphosate has been linked to several chronic effects, such as birth defects, cancer, neurological (believed to cause Parkinson’s disease) , in addition to other acute effects caused by the direct use of the product by farmers or by the exposure of the inhabitants.Congenital defects experienced by women in Argentina and Paraguay may be a consequence of their exposure to glyphosate used in transgenic soybean and rice crops .
It is indicated that scientific studies demonstrate the potential of glyphosate to interrupt reproduction, due to its ability to cause mitochondrial damage, necrosis and cell death in embryonic and placental cells; and to cause endocrine alterations, including the interruption in the production of progesterone and estrogens, and the delay in male puberty.In addition, glyphosate interacts with the chemistry and biology of the soil causing negative impacts such as the reduction of the nutrition of the plants and increasing their vulnerability to disease.
Glyphosate can also get into surface and groundwater, where it can harm wildlife and eventually end up in drinking water. GMO crops, already harmful in themselves, have greatly increased glyphosate use, especially in United States and South America. Finally, developed for a model of industrial agriculture, they are linked to unsustainable agricultural practices that damage natural resources. Ultimately, glyphosate should be banned.
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