For decades, Monsanto has claimed that Roundup and its key ingredient, glyphosate, are “safe.” The biotech industry has backed up those claims with industry-funded “studies.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is supposed to protect us, has been protecting Monsanto’s profits instead. In July the EPA, despite new studies linking glyphosate to everything from infertility to cancer, actually raised the allowed limits of glyphosate on fruits and vegetables for human consumption.
The world has had enough.
On Tuesday, November 11, a $25-million international study was launched that will put an end, once and for all, to the question of whether or not Monsanto’s Roundup is “safe.”
The study, the first of its kind, will be based on a variety of herbicide-resistant corn. Three independent scientists, from the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow; University of California, Irvine, Calif.; and Maltoni Cancer Research Center, Bentivoglio, Italy, will investigate the answers to these questions:
- Is the GM food (or its associated pesticide) toxic to organ systems over the long-term?
- Does the GM food (or its associated pesticide) cause cancer?
- Does the GM food (or its associated pesticide) reduce fertility or cause birth defects?
- Is the mixture of chemicals present in Roundup herbicide more or less toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate?
The Global GMO Free Coalition, of which OCA is a member, supports the study. We believe it will provide the irrefutable, bullet-proof evidence needed to ban Monsanto’s Roundup.