In a bid to show the public that there is no reason to be concerned about exposure to popular herbicide glyphosate – produced by Big Agri Giant Monsanto – Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) volunteered to take a urine test to see if glyphosate was in their systems. As reported by Reader Supported News, 48 MEPs from 13 different European Union countries participated in the test to see if they had been exposed to the cancer-linked weedkiller – and now the results are in.
According to the test results from the accredited Biocheck Laboratory in Germany, “all participants excreted glyphosate by urine.” That’s right – every single one.
Spearheaded by the Green Party in the European Parliament – who are hoping for a ban on the toxic herbicide across the EU – the experiment found that on average the MEPs each had 1.7 micrograms/liter of glyphosate in their urine – which is 17 times higher than that found in European drinking water (on average 0.1 microgram/liter).
This shows that glyphosate is entering our bodies not only from drinking water, but from the food chain – as everyone tested was way above the limit for residues of pesticides in drinking water, as Reader Supported News noted. The report states that: “All investigated EU-parliament members were glyphosate contaminated. This will show glyphosate is also in the food chain of members of the EU-parliament.”
Dangers of glyphosate
According to the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, glyphosate is a “probable carcinogen” – linked to serious health impacts. As reported by Mother Earth News, glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor, and has been linked with various health risks – including cancer, miscarriages and disruption of human sex hormones.
Monsanto’s government ties
Glyphosate is a compound contained in commonly-use herbicide Roundup, which is produced by Monsanto. Monsanto has long been known to have some pretty weighty government ties, including to the Obama Administration.
In fact, according to Monsanto Mafia, the U.S. is “rapidly devolving into what can only be described as a Monsanto Nation. … Since day one, the Obama Administration has mouthed biotech propaganda, claiming, with no scientific justification whatsoever, that biotech crops can feed the world and enable farmers to increase production in the new era of climate change and extreme weather.”
Obama’s Administration has reportedly become a “revolving door” for Monsanto operatives – including the USDA Secretary, pro-biotech former governor of Iowa, Tom Vilsack. Meanwhile, Michael Taylor, former Monsanto Vice President, is now the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods.
The findings of the EU experiment show that governments are not doing enough to protect people from exposure to glyphosate – and are taking no measures to prevent the health risks that develop over time. The fact that the average MEP was found with glyphosate levels in their urine that were 17 times higher than that in European drinking water, is certainly cause for concern and alarm.
Yet, according to Reader Supported News, despite fierce opposition from European Parliament, the EU Commission plans to relicense glyphosate for another nine years. The Green Party have said that they are “p****d off that our governments want to allow this poison for another nine years! No politician should have this in his or her body, and not a single citizen either!”
Meanwhile, the U.S. government continues to allow glyphosate to be used in public spaces, for agriculture and even in your back yard.