By: Alex Pietrowski, Waking Times |
The Environmental Protection agency of California has just made moves to label Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, or Glyphosate, as a ‘probably carcinogenic to humans.’ It’s linked to cancer and heavily contaminates the soil, yet there is no sign that farmers will stop using this poison any time soon. In fact, over the last couple of decades, this chemical has seen an astonishing surge in use in the United States and across the world.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), in the US alone in the years between 1992 and 2012, over 2.6 billion pounds of Roundup herbicide have been dumped onto America’s farmland and food supply. With the rise in GMO seed such as BT Corn and ‘Roundup Ready’ soy beans, glyphosate is becoming something farmers simply cannot avoid even if they wanted to.
So how badly are we poisoning ourselves with this stuff? Watch a time-lapse photo presentation of the spread of glyphosate across th United States in the last 2 decades.
Ongoing research into the effects of glyphosate on human health have determined that it can actually double the risk of developing cancer, yet it is still being used. The following chart shows us which US states are using the highest quantities of glysophate for farming:
Do Americans have a right to know if their food supply and environment is contaminated by carcinogenic Roundup? Yot bet they do, which is why government is doing everything it can to make sure that the truth does not see the light of day. Do your part in this fight against Monsanto by spreading the word and buying organic.
Photo credit: USGS, Pesticide National Synthesis Project
Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an avid student of Yoga and life.