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Pesticides and Cancer: When One Part in a Trillion Makes a Difference

Pesticide and Cancer:  When One Part in a Trillion Makes a Difference

It has long been known that many pesticides contain a mixture of chemicals that can be dangerous and harmful to our health; some have even been known to cause cancer and other serious diseases. As such, consumers have grown up learning to be sure to wash their fruits and vegetables before eating them—but does this really destroy any traces of harmful chemicals?

To a certain extent, yes.  But consider this: even if you assume that the organic apple, or even a non-organic apple for that matter, that you washed thoroughly may be safe, but what are the chances that the same is true for GM corn that was sprayed with Roundup?  What is to say that the a variety of products millions of Americans eat on a daily basis, do not contain traces of glyphosate, which has been independently shown to cause breast cancer?

The FDA often makes claims that traces of chemicals such as pesticides, arsenic, and other carcinogens in various foods are only found in minute amounts and so are therefore safe. However, a recent study has revealed that even a parts-per-trillion amount of glyphosate can cause breast cancer cell proliferation.

As Roundup is one of the most widespread herbicides used on GM agriculture crops, this is an alarming revelation indeed, as GM corn can be found in potentially thousands of products, and is often not labeled as such.

The Study Linking Glyphosate and Breast Cancer

Researchers conducting the study attempted to emulate real-world situations in which glyphosate might be consumed. The study was entitled, “Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors,” and tested the effects of glyphosate on breast cancer cell lines that were hormone-independent as well as those that were hormone-dependent. It was found that very low amounts of glyphosate (in the parts-per-trillion amount) affected hormone-dependent cancer cell lines, increasing the proliferation of breast cancer cells.

 Additional findings revealed that the combination of glyphosate and phytoestrogen, which is naturally occurring in soybeans, could be a contributing factor to the rising level of breast cancer in the USA. This raises concerns that the additive effects of contaminants and traces of glyphosate in foods derived from plants and GMO crops could cause the growth of cancerous cells.

GMOs and Food Labeling

Proponents against GMO crops demand that all products that include GMOs as part of their ingredients must be labeled as such. Facing strong resistance from agricultural chemical companies, this has yet to become a regulated law, some retailers have taken the step to ensure that the products they sell are clearly labeled for the consumer, and refuse to sell any product that is not.


Glyphosate Contamination

Unfortunately, avoiding glyphosate is not as simple as avoiding foods with GMOs or only eating certified organic foods. Because Roundup has been so widely used, it is now found in over 60% of rain samples that have been tested in the US, and has also contaminated groundwater.  This is one of the prices that we pay for a fast developing economy and population.


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