Why Glyphosate Should Be Banned

ISIS Special Report 30/10/12 Why Glyphosate Should Be Banned ############################### A Review of its Hazards to Health and the Environment

Now available as an illustrated 12 page PDF document for download

Glyphosate  use  has  gone  up  sharply  worldwide  since  the  introduction  of
glyphosate-tolerant GM crops. It has contaminated land, water, air, and our food
supply. Damning evidence of its serious  harm to health and the environment  has
been piling  up, but  the maximum  permitted levels  are set  to rise by 100-150
times in the European Union if Monsanto gets its way.

Scientific evidence accumulated over three decades documents miscarriages, birth
defects, carcinogenesis,  endocrine disruption,  DNA damage,  neurotoxicity, and
toxicity to liver and kidney at levels well below recommended agricultural use.

Evidence emerging over the past 20 years reveals its negative environmental  and
agronomic impacts. The herbicide is lethal to frogs, increases toxic blooms, and
accelerates the deterioration of water quality.

Livestock  illnesses  including  reproductive  problems,  diarrhoea,   bloating,
spontaneous  abortions,  reduced  live births,  inflamed  digestive  systems and
nutrient deficiencies are linked to glyphosate tolerant GM feed.

Glyphosate  poisons crops  and soils  by killing  beneficial microorganisms  and
encouraging  pathogens  to  flourish.  Forty crop  diseases  are  now  linked to
glyphosate use and the number is increasing.

Glyphosate-resistant  weeds  cover  120 million  ha  globally,  and continue  to
spread, it is a major factor accounting for increase in pesticide use.

Contamination of  ground water  supplies, rain,  and air  has been documented in
Spain and the US. Berlin city residents were recently shown to carry  glyphosate
levels above permitted EU drinking water levels.

There  is  a  compelling  case  for  banning  or  phasing  out  glyphosate-based
herbicides worldwide in favour of a global transition to non-GM,  herbicide-free
organic agriculture. Please forward to your political representatives.

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