Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Argentina: 30,000 Doctors and Health Professionals Demand Ban on Glyphosate


This is huge public blow against Round Up.  It also powerfully suggests that there is scant controversy in the Argentine medical profession either.

 Cancer takes a long time to emerge.  For that reason most of the victims in Argentina are still unknown.  The fact remains that Monsanto has been lying about this toxin for over fifty years while the negative effects show up in about twenty years.  There is ample opportunity for many victims to never connect the dots.  Round up was the only herbicide that my father returned to the supplier back in the mid sixties.  He recognized the artful dodge happening in the labeling and the fine print then.

May i make a comment though.  Round Up used as a one time treatment in cases of severe weed infestation is not unreasonable, just as burning down a forest is a reasonable way to clear agricultural land.  The residuals are still a concern in both cases but time will solve that problem.  After saying that though, it is still a short cut that disturbs the soil for far more than one season.  

If i were planting a raspberry field, eliminating twitch grass is profoundly necessary.  The actual crop does not become productive until the third year and that likely coincides with the majority elimination of any residuals. Thus if all that is true, such an application may well make sense.

There are still better ways to solve the problem, but demand major animal husbandry.  In the event, such careful usage was not what Monsanto ever wanted to hear.

Argentina: 30,000 doctors and health professionals demand ban on glyphosate
on 16 April 2015. 

Union demands debate on the restructuring of agriculture around safe production methods


Following on from the conclusion of the International Agency for Research on Cancer that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen, Argentina’s union of doctors and health professionals, FESPROSA, has issued a statement throwing the support of its 30,000 members behind the decision:

“The organisation [IARC] has just released the results of a study that overturns the agribusiness model. Thus the complaints that affected residents and scientists outside the orbit of corporations have been making for years have gained renewed momentum,” FESPROSA said in the statement.

FESPROSA explained:

"In our country glyphosate is applied on more than 28 million hectares. Each year, the soil is sprayed with more than 320 million litres, which means that 13 million people are at risk of being affected, according to the Physicians Network of Sprayed Peoples (RMPF). Soy is not the only crop addicted to glyphosate: the herbicide is also used for transgenic maize and other crops. Where glyphosate falls, only GMOs can grow. Everything else dies."

"Our trade union, the Federation of Health Professionals of Argentina (FESPROSA), which represents more than 30,000 doctors and health professionals in our country, includes the Social Health Collective of Andrés Carrasco. Andrés Carrasco was a researcher at [Argentine government research institute] CONICET, who died a year ago, and showed the damage caused by glyphosate to embryos. For disseminating his research, he was attacked by the industry and the authorities at CONICET. Today, WHO vindicates him.”

"Glyphosate not only causes cancer. It is also associated with increased spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin diseases, and respiratory and neurological disease.”

"Health authorities, including the National Ministry of Health and the political powers, can no longer look away. Agribusiness cannot keep growing at the expense of the health of the Argentine people. The 30,000 health professionals in Argentina in the FESPROSA ask that glyphosate is now prohibited in our country and that a debate on the necessary restructuring of agribusiness is opened, focusing on the application of technologies that do not endanger human life.”

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