Greenpeace has published a report world scientist which points out the negative effects of the herbicide glyphosate, used in several countries, such as Argentina, for the cultivation of soybeans transgenic. This herbicide has harmful effects on the Human health and the environment. Companies that use glyphosate say it is safe. It is the active ingredient in herbicides marketed throughout the world, including the one known as Roundup, produced by the multinational company Monsanto. Herbicides based on glyphosate They are widely used for weed control, as they are not selective and eliminate all vegetation.
Regarding the damages on the Human health, the report warns that human exposure to glyphosate It has been linked to several chronic effects, such as birth defects, cancer, neurological (it is believed that it can cause Parkinson's disease), in addition to other acute effects caused by the direct use of the product by farmers or by the exposure of the inhabitants The congenital defects experienced by women in Argentina and Paraguay may be a consequence of their exposure to glyphosate used in transgenic soybean and rice crops.
It is indicated that studies scientists demonstrate the potential of glyphosate to interrupt reproduction, due to its ability to cause mitochondrial damage, necrosis and cell death in embryonic and placental cells; and to cause endocrine alterations, including the interruption in the production of progesterone and estrogens, and the delay in male puberty.In addition, glyphosate interacts with the chemistry and biology of the soil that cause negative impacts such as the reduction of the nutrition of the plants and increasing their vulnerability to disease.
Glyphosate It can also reach surface and groundwater, where it can harm wildlife and eventually end up in drinking water.GMO crops, already harmful, have greatly increased glyphosate use, especially in the United States. and South America. Finally, developed for an industrial agriculture model, they are linked to unsustainable agricultural practices that damage natural resources. Ultimately, glyphosate should be banned.
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