Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, December 18, 2017

Humans emit more than 250 billion tonnes of chemical substances a year, in a toxic avalanche that is harming people and life everywhere on the planet. Industrial toxins are now routinely found in new-born babies, in mother's milk, in the food chain, in domestic drinking water worldwide. At the beginning of the 20th century infectious diseases like TB, pneumonia, and diarrhea were the leading causes of death. In the 21st century these causes of death have become chronic illnesses like heart disease, stroke, and cancer. The rise in chronic diseases corresponds with the rise in pesticide/chemical use. A Rand study states that 60% of Americans have one and 40% have multiple chronic conditions. Glyphosate, the most common herbicide, is linked to autism, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis, Crohn's disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, cachexia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, among others.

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There are dizzying numbers of academic papers that discuss the issue. But, in the public domain, absolutely nobody knows for sure what's going on. Its the same way the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster is being reported. Chemicals may be more ubiquitous worldwide than Fukushima Daiichi, who knows for sure? Their risk might be equal.

One of the chemicals that is most entangled in controversy is glyphosate, which is one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S. for agriculture, forestry, lawns, gardens, and industrial weed areas. Since 1974, glyphosate usage has increased by leaps and bounds. Two-thirds of the total volume applied from 1974 to 2014 has been sprayed in the past 10 years alone. Glyphosate agricultural usage in the U.S. in 1974 was 700 tons growing to 125,000 tons by 2014. No pesticide has come remotely close to such intensive and widespread use. The brand name is Roundup.

Evidence is mounting that glyphosate interferes with many metabolic processes in plants and animals and glyphosate residues have been detected in both. Glyphosate disrupts the endocrine system and the balance of gut bacteria, it damages DNA and is a driver of mutations that lead to cancer.

Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that Roundup is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses to kill weeds is absent in all animals. However, that pathway is present in all bacteria which exist as trillions of cells both humans and animals, and are vital to our good health.

But, the journal Entropy points to glyphosate, as devastating, possibly ‘the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies. Anresco Laboratories has found glyphosate in a range of U.S. food products, and the chemical also tested positive in urine, conducted by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), using validated LC-MS/MS method.

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"Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that Roundup is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses to kill weeds is absent in all animals. However, that pathway is present in all bacteria which exist as trillions of cells both humans and animals, and are vital to our good health"

I read an article last year (I think it was posted here) that claimed glyphosate was found in human breast milk.

The problem with a lot of chemicals (and some human behaviors) is that we cant see the tragedy until we decades down the road. For instance, Louisiana's shore line is vanishing at an alarming rate and the root cause is attributed mainly to two things. 1. The Mississippi river levee and 2. the industrial canals cut by oil exploration/production.

#1 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-12-18 11:00 AM | Reply

The problem with a lot of chemicals (and some human behaviors) is that we cant see the tragedy until we decades down the road.
#1 | LFTHNDTHRDS

Add in all of the home use chemicals to the industrial stuff and it adds up quickly. Shampoos, toilet cleaners, etc, washing down our sewers, bug sprays, weed killers, etc, soaking into our water tables from our lawns.

#2 | Posted by Whizzo at 2017-12-18 04:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yea, but jobs.

#3 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-12-19 07:47 AM | Reply

"Shampoos, toilet cleaners, etc, washing down our sewers"

Now its the prescription meds making it's way to the water table too...

#4 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-12-19 09:17 AM | Reply

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