Glyphosate Levels in Humans

A generation of increasing glyphosate use in agriculture is beginning to show its effects in the human body.

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    Glyphosate concentrations in humans are rising because of pervasive agricultural use.
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Many people know that modern agriculture relies on massive amounts of pesticides to produce substantial results, but few realize how far-reaching pesticides’ impacts can be. Now, a new study is revealing that these compounds are more present in our bodies than we think.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in many herbicides, is known for triggering environmental damage and adverse health effects at excessive concentrations. In fact, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine have revealed that the chemical is showing up in human bodies.

While it’s convenient to think the contaminant is confined only to the corn and soy fields it’s sprayed on, tests of everyday foods, such as cookies, ice cream, and crackers, are all showing traces of the chemical. Human exposure to glyphosate has increased more than 500 percent since 1994, when the product was first introduced to the market. Before this date, few people had detectable levels of the compound in their bodies. As of 2016, almost three-quarters of those sampled did.

This is cause for concern, as the World Health Organization categorized glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015. In 2017, the European Parliament voted in favor of phasing out glyphosate from agriculture in the following five years, with a full ban in 2022. At the same time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers the compound safe for agricultural use.

While it’s unclear what amount of human exposure to glyphosate might be dangerous, there’s no denying that people are being exposed to unprecedented levels of this controversial agricultural chemical through the food and water they consume. Visit The Cornucopia Institute, a nonprofit that provides agricultural research results to consumers and farmers, and search “glyphosate” to learn more about regulatory agencies’ views on the chemical.

1/27/2021 3:07:09 PM

I am interested in comparisons between Atrizine and glyphosate. I am referring to the agricultural “weed” killer used in the 1960’s. My father used it on our farm in open spraying. There was no cab on tractor and spray boom was many feet off the ground. He died of a fast growing brain tumor in his 40’s and I have wondered if Atrizine was a part of the cause of death. Just curious.

4/15/2019 12:30:52 PM

Unfortunately, most studies are either performed by the manufacturers or funded by them through direct or indirect grants. There are very few truly independent studies that have been done. "On November 27 2017, the European Commission extended the authorization for glyphosate for another 5 years. The European Parliament, however, opposed this decision and issued a call for pesticide approvals to be based on published peer-reviewed studies by independent scientists instead of the current system, which is largely based on unpublished proprietary studies. Regulatory uncertainty and debate are extensive. Therefore, in 2015, the Ramazzini Institute designed a comprehensive, integrated experimental approach to a long-term project following an already published protocol through which numerous parameters bearing on human health might be simultaneously monitored, thereby sparing animals. To preserve independence from the pesticide-manufacturing industry and from its competitor (i.e. organic food industry), this integrated study will be supported through a global crowd-funding campaign that will be open to the world’s citizens, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national/international institutions. Details of this campaign are available at:" This is the site I copied this information from:

4/15/2019 11:11:02 AM

I am here to tell you that organophosphate poisoning is no joke. It nearly killed me and ruined my health for a few years. I still have residual side effects. This is in no way fear mongering, it's telling what needs to be said. it needs to be banned. If you suspect you have possibly been poisoned you need to get a cholinesterase RBC and plasma lab test. The lab results may show up as "fine" or "acceptable" you need to do the calculations yourself. According to the CDC's own website, you can present with toxicity symptoms at just 45-75% of the acceptable lab levels. And at that point, you need to do a neurotoxin liver cleanse. I am not selling anything and gain nothing by sharing this.... so do your own research and take my advice.

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