This is how the EPA describes Glyphosate.
Just what does 'low' mean? It means slow poisoning for constant exposure. Worse it directly attacks the reproductive tissues in particular.
I consider it implicated in the following two global catastrophes.
1 Amphibian population collapse
2 Human sperm count decine
and as an accessory to the bee colony collapse.
Argentina shows us what heavy uncontrolled exposure will accomplish. It is in fact disastrous and massively destructive to a healthy agricultural ecosystem. It will demand years of correct practice to reform the soils properly and to allow the ecosystem to fully rebound.
How Monsanto Destroyed Rural Argentina
CREDIT: Natacha Pisarenko/AP
Although spraying herbicides and pesticides next to residential homes and schools is forbidden in many Argentinean provinces, the reality is that most laws regarding agrochemical usage are ignored and their enforcement is lackadaisical, at best. Some provinces allow spraying as close as 55 yards from populated areas, and about one-third of the provinces have no limits whatsoever. There are many documented cases where GM crops are planted just a few feet away from homes and classroom windows, resulting in chemical spray drifting into schools full of children and into family homes.
“I prepared millions of liters of poison without any kind of protection, no gloves, masks or special clothing,” he said. “I didn’t know anything. I only learned later what it did to me, after contacting scientists.” [Source]
“The change in how agriculture is produced has brought, frankly, a change in the profile of diseases. We’ve gone from a pretty healthy population to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects, and illnesses seldom seen before.”~ Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, a pediatrician and neonatologist who co-founded Doctors of Fumigated Towns, part of a growing movement demanding enforcement of agricultural safety rules
The Associated Press documented dozens of cases where agrochemicals were used unsafely and the resulting impact on families and communities, many of them reflected in the images below.
Molecular biologist Dr. Andres Carrasco at the University of Buenos Aires says the burden from the chemical cocktails is worrisome, but even glyphosate alone could spell trouble for human health. He found that injecting a very low dose of glyphosate into embryos can change levels of retinoic acid, causing the same sort of spinal defects in frogs and chickens that doctors increasingly are registering in communities where farm chemicals are ubiquitous.
This acid, a form of vitamin A, is fundamental for keeping cancers in check and triggering genetic expression, the process by which embryonic cells develop into organs and limbs.