The EPA just proved glyphosate is safe to humans. The trouble is the data they used was provided by agribusiness insiders as opposed to independent scientific experts. Again.
The entirely corrupt and criminally insane Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released its latest in-depth fraud to show that glyphosate, the toxic herbicide in Monsanto’s Roundup, should cause human beings little harm, which completely contradicts vast numbers of well-designed independent studies published in peer-reviewed journals and the EPA's own scientists. The EPA is promoting its fraud on the basis of fake science provided by the agrochemical industry.
Roundup, the deadly herbicide that includes glyphosate as its active ingredient, is the single most broadly used herbicide in the world. An estimated 300 million pounds of it are applied across agricultural lands in the United States alone every year.
On December 4, 2017, the EPA, which seems to have lost both its direction and its soul under the current leadership of the anti-environment administrator Scott Pruitt, published its latest “findings” (lies) about the product. Those findings completely contradict many other studies that point to the role glyphosate plays in a variety of cancers, intestinal illnesses, kidney diseases and more around the world. It further contradicts a critical 2015 World Health Organization study of existing published research that led the WHO to identify glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.
Pruitt’s role in all of this is a key one, but it is also critically important to follow history from the Obama-administration era to understand what is happening here. Just a few years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would be looking into glyphosate’s safety. But Monsanto was not going to allow that, and it was later discovered that Jess Rowland, the chair of the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee at the time, moved quickly to reassure Monsanto that he would actively work to block the review. He even said in one of his communications on the subject, “If I can kill this, I should get a medal.”
According to a group of farmers and others who say the weed killer has sickened them, the statement from Rowland was allegedly made during a conversation between Rowland and a Monsanto regulatory affairs manager. According to a March 2017 court filing in a case against Rowland, that phone conversation, which otherwise would have been kept quiet, was repeated by the Monsanto regulatory affairs manager in an email he distributed to his colleagues not long after the call.
Monsanto’s management was seeking Rowland’s assistance to block a separate and new investigation into glyphosate’s safety by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, part of the HHS. Monsanto was apparently successful because the new investigation within the HHS never happened.
During the EPA’s earlier review of the chemical, it had concluded that serious harm could happen after exposure to glyphosate. It referenced harm to growth and birth rates of birds and mammals just from spray drift alone. It also said that small mammals were being exposed to glyphosate in concentrations 10 times the level the agency had determined as the point of concern.
The same earlier reports also included a note that monarch butterflies were at very high risk because of contact with glyphosate. That is because milkweed, the sole host plant for monarch caterpillars to graze upon, was determined to require field buffers of up to 600 feet to protect the caterpillars. It is believed that the rapid increase in application rates of glyphosate on GMO corn and soybean crops in the United States – crops already engineered to tolerate glyphosate – is behind the almost complete destruction of milkweed plants in Midwestern U.S. corn and soybean fields. There are no field buffers in place anywhere in the United States, which has had the domino effect of killing off migratory monarch populations by more than 80% in the past 20 years.
The EPA’s latest report saying that glyphosate is safe for humans and other forms of life is therefore not just a blatant lie but a direct assault that will harm human health and the environment.
With all of this data and other data available contradicting the EPA’s latest findings, Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, said, “The only way the EPA could conclude that glyphosate poses no significant risks to human health was to analyze industry studies and ignore its own guidelines when estimating cancer risk.” He further said, “The EPA’s biased assessment falls short of the most basic standards of independent research and fails to give Americans an accurate picture of the risks posed by glyphosate use.”
But wait, it gets worse – much, much worse.
It is a well-established fact that glyphosate damages DNA in soil microbes, kills bacteria, radically alters soil biology and causes genetic mutations in microbes and insects. When sprayed repeatedly on fields over time, it essentially turns those fields into disease factories and churns out new pathogens that nature and humans have little or no immunity against. This has been known for many years, but the fact remains heavily suppressed.
While most scientists have avoided this issue entirely due to the potential for vicious attacks from Monsanto, one of the world’s leading experts has been trying to sound the alarm since 2011. This expert is Professor Don M. Huber.
Huber’s specialty is plant and soil diseases, and his expertise has been relied upon by the U.S. federal government and state governments for more than 50 years. There is perhaps no one more of an expert on the biological impacts of glyphosate than he is. (A complete bio of Huber can be found at trillions.buzz/ files/Dr_Don-M-Huber_bio.pdf.)
Huber sent the following letter to Tom Vilsack, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on January 17, 2011:
Dear Secretary Vilsack:
A team of senior plant and animal scientists have recently brought to my attention the discovery of an electron microscopic pathogen that appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings. Based on a review of the data, it is widespread, very serious, and is in much higher concentrations in Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans and corn—suggesting a link with the RR gene or more likely the presence of Roundup. This organism appears NEW to science!
This is highly sensitive information that could result in a collapse of U.S. soy and corn export markets and significant disruption of domestic food and feed supplies. On the other hand, this new organism may already be responsible for significant harm (see below). My colleagues and I are therefore moving our investigation forward with speed and discretion, and seek assistance from the USDA and other entities to identify the pathogen’s source, prevalence, implications, and remedies.
We are informing the USDA of our findings at this early stage, specifically due to your pending decision regarding approval of RR alfalfa. Naturally, if either the RR gene or Roundup itself is a promoter or co-factor of this pathogen, then such approval could be a calamity. Based on the current evidence, the only reasonable action at this time would be to delay deregulation at least until sufficient data has exonerated the RR system, if it does.
For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks. Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency.
A diverse set of researchers working on this problem have contributed various pieces of the puzzle, which together present the following disturbing scenario:
Unique Physical Properties
This previously unknown organism is only visible under an electron microscope (36,000X), with an approximate size range equal to a medium size virus. It is able to reproduce and appears to be a micro-fungal-like organism. If so, it would be the first such micro-fungus ever identified. There is strong evidence that this infectious agent promotes diseases of both plants and mammals, which is very rare.
Pathogen Location and Concentration
It is found in high concentrations in Roundup Ready soybean meal and corn, distillers meal, fermentation feed products, pig stomach contents, and pig and cattle placentas.
Linked with Outbreaks of Plant Disease
The organism is prolific in plants infected with two pervasive diseases that are driving down yields and farmer income—sudden death syndrome (SDS) in soy, and Goss’ wilt in corn. The pathogen is also found in the fungal causative agent of SDS (Fusarium solani f. sp. glycines).
Implicated in Animal Reproductive Failure
Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of this organism in a wide variety of livestock that have experienced spontaneous abortions and infertility. Preliminary results from ongoing research have also been able to reproduce abortions in a clinical setting.
The pathogen may explain the escalating frequency of infertility and spontaneous abortions over the past few years in US cattle, dairy, swine, and horse operations. These include recent reports of infertility rates in dairy heifers of over 20%, and spontaneous abortions in cattle as high as 45%.
For example, 450 of 1,000 pregnant heifers fed wheatlege experienced spontaneous abortions. Over the same period, another 1,000 heifers from the same herd that were raised on hay had no abortions. High concentrations of the pathogen were confirmed on the wheatlege, which likely had been under weed management using glyphosate.
In summary, because of the high titer of this new animal pathogen in Roundup Ready crops, and its association with plant and animal diseases that are reaching epidemic proportions, we request the USDA’s participation in a multi-agency investigation, and an immediate moratorium on the deregulation of RR crops until the causal/predisposing relationship with glyphosate and/or RR plants can be ruled out as a threat to crop and animal production and human health.
It is urgent to examine whether the side-effects of glyphosate use may have facilitated the growth of this pathogen, or allowed it to cause greater harm to weakened plant and animal hosts. It is well-documented that glyphosate promotes soil pathogens and is already implicated with the increase of more than 40 plant diseases; it dismantles plant defenses by chelating vital nutrients; and it reduces the bioavailability of nutrients in feed, which in turn can cause animal disorders. To properly evaluate these factors, we request access to the relevant USDA data.
I have studied plant pathogens for more than 50 years. We are now seeing an unprecedented trend of increasing plant and animal diseases and disorders. This pathogen may be instrumental to understanding and solving this problem. It deserves immediate attention with significant resources to avoid a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure.
COL (Ret.) Don M. Huber Emeritus Professor, Purdue University APS Coordinator, USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS)
The U.S. federal government has entirely ignored Huber’s warning, and a smear campaign was launched against him. The necessary research into the micro-fungal-like organism has not been done as needed – or at least not been made public. But we can see the effects in our health and the rapid decline in insect, bird and bat populations. Even snakes are now being threatened around the world by a strange new fungus.
When one considers the reality of glyphosate, it is mind-boggling that the chemical has not been banned by more countries, and it has become clear that Monsanto and the other agrochemical companies manufacturing glyphosate and similar chemicals should be considered enemy number one.
However, we also have to accept responsibility for the usage of glyphosate and the poisoning of our bodies and planet. Many of us can choose to eat organically grown produce and grow more of our own food. We can opt out of the glyphosate madness and stop paying the agro-chemical industry to poison us and our children.