Many studies have demonstrated that Roundup, Monsanto’s herbicide, is likely to be carcinogenic and more hazardous than presumed. Italy has thus prohibited its usage.
In numerous public places that affect vulnerable communities, such as gardens, playgrounds, courtyards, roads, green areas around school buildings, sports grounds, recreational fields, playgrounds and additional green areas the Italian Health Ministry has prohibited spraying of the main ingredient of this herbicide, Glyphosate.
In addition, the use of this component in the pre-harvest desiccation, pre-harvest spritzing and non-agricultural utilization have been prohibited Soils composed of 80% or more of sand, glyphosate.
These methods were intended to safeguard groundwater against further agricultural pollution. This implies that Italy has implemented one of the largest prohibitions on glyphosate farming and general usage.
This prohibition can put Europe’s future at significant risk, since Monsanto relies on RoundUp sales to support its monopoly on seeds.
Glyphosate is also banned off the shelves of many gardening facilities and brickwork centers in Holland, Brazil, and France, and RoundUp has already been withdrawn.
Although the EU has apparently extended Monsanto’s Round-Up license for an additional one year and a half, a few hours after a complete reminder has been implemented, political gridlock and challenged science have been unable to halt its increasing disdain.
Only a co-formulant, POE-tallow amine, present in RoundUp, is under severe examination following questioning by the Members of the European Parliament.
A controversial research by Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini has now shown that RoundUp is far more hazardous than anyone expected. The results have been published in Toxicology, a leading scientific publication, and he states:
“There is more harmful than glyphosate alone in every glyphosate-based pesticide tested and [this study] explains why. Consequently, their regulatory evaluations and maximum permitted residue levels for the environment, food and feed are incorrect.
A product created with Roundup-tolerant GMOs (such as a transgenic soy and maize) has already proved to be hazardous in recent years, for example tap water that contains residues of Roundup
It proposes to seriously challenge the usage of RoundUp, as:
“The regulatory authorisation mechanism for releasing and supplied into stores of pesticides must be changed quickly. Furthermore, as pesticide formulations are generally used with hazardous confidential adjuvants, we worry, from this finding, that there is a very serious underestimation of toxicity for all pesticides.”
Italy has decided to use glyphosate and the famous Monsanto chemical, but what will the rest of Europe decide?
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