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Philippe Grandjean, professor of environmental medicine at the University of Southern Denmark, commented, “"We know that glyphosate cause cancer in other mammals, but it has not been demonstrated in humans. This is because the effects have not been investigated thoroughly enough in people yet. But when we see that other mammals get cancer from glyphosate, we must assume that people who are exposed to the substance can also develop cancer.” 5/15/15
Colombia will suspend aerial fumigation of illegal coca plants in light of a number of studies linking the herbicide involved to cancer, a move that marks the end of a decades-long strategy in the country's fight against drug trafficking.
The President, who was the Health Minister of the former government, said the government has decided to totally ban the imports of Glyphosate, which is linked to the kidney disease, as the number of kidney patients was surging. 5/15/15 The International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) has written to officials of the EU Parliament and Commission asking for an immediate ban on glyphosate herbicides and four insecticides judged by the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency, IARC, to be probable carcinogens. The letter states that glyphosate herbicides are associated with health problems such as birth defects, infertility, damage to the nervous system, Parkinson’s disease and several forms of cancer. The letter adds, “for safeguarding the health of European populations, ISDE states that the rational basis is already strong enough” to justify an immediate and permanent ban. The ISDE’s Board includes doctors from Europe, North and South America, Pakistan, and Kenya. ISDE has national and regional member organisations in over 25 different countries.
Seventeen European and Latin American NGOs recently submitted an open letter to the Chinese people, President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. The letter emphasized the following: “both Monsanto and the EPA knew of the link between glyphosates and cancer as long ago as 1980, since malignant tumors and other organ damage had been recorded in rat and mouse feeding studies that were, and still are, treated as trade secrets.… After decades of health damage, it must be in the interests of the whole world for these lethal chemicals to be taken immediately out of use before any more harm is done.” 5/14/15 In the small towns of the Argentinean Pampas, glyphosate spraying is making residents sick and poisoning life. Resistance to the model of industrial agriculture is growing day by day. “I’m here because I had to bury four of my relatives,” says Raquel in an almost inaudible voice. “My dad, my cousin, and one of my dad’s brothers worked as sprayers, and my brother worked in a rural school.” Raquel is a teacher and lives in Elortondo, a small town of 6,000 people located 300km south of Santa Fe, where soya and the illnesses caused by spraying prevail. “Eighty percent of them are country people,” she adds. “This pesticide should not be found in gardens, parks or on children’s playgrounds. I also do not think use in private gardens is appropriate,” explained Lower Saxony’s Consumer Protection Minister Christian Meyer. He is the current chairman of the Consumer Protection Minister Conference.
NEWS Danish authority declares glyphosate a carcinogen Doctors demand immediate ban on glyphosate herbicides Sri Lankan President announces ban on import of glyphosate herbicide Colombia gov't confirms suspension of aerial coca spraying Argentina: Chemical warfare on towns Chinese citizens fight back against Monsanto German states call for ban on Roundup 5/12/15