Roundup, also known as glyphosate, was brought into the market in 1974 but saw a surge in 1990 after Monsanto genetically engineered seeds to withstand high doses of roundup. With this innovation, farmers were able to control weeds in their crops. The company then encouraged farmers to use this chemical to dry out the crops to enable faster harvesting. In the last 20 years, use has intensified and scientists are doing research on the health consequences of roundup in the air we breathe, food we eat, and water we drink. It has been found that those who are sick have a higher level of glyphosate in their bodies than those who are healthy. Monsanto has been known to falsify data to indicate that Roundup is totally safe to use in playgrounds, golf courses, lawns, and gardens.
Roundup is known to disrupt the pathway of Vitamin A, which is vital to normal development of a fetus. In Paraguay, women who were within 1 kilometer of fields sprayed with Roundup were over two times as likely to have a child born with birth defects. These birth defects can be a number of things including growth hormone deficiency, hypospadias, a heart defect, and anal perforation. The rates of congenital birth defects have quadrupled in Chaco, Argentina in just 10 years after the arrival of Roundup Ready crops.
There is a strong correlation between ADHD and Roundup exposure in farming communities, and this is likely because the glyphosate’s ability to disturb the function of thyroid hormones.
In lab studies, Roundup has caused the same type of oxidative stress and nervous system cell death that is seen in those who have Alzheimer’s disease. It also affects CaMKII, which is an enzyme whose dysregulation is also linked to the disease.
One study has shown that in comparing a child with brain cancer to a healthy child, if either parent was exposed to Roundup in the 2 years prior to the child’s birth, the chances of the child developing brain cancer was twice as likely.
Glyphosate has the ability to promote aluminum accumulation in the brain, a main cause of autism in the United States. This chemical also kills beneficial bacteria that inhibit pathogenic bacteria, and the pathogenic bacteria is resistant to glyphosate. This is parallel to the gut dysbiosis that is observed in those children who have been diagnosed with autism.
In Argentina where Roundup is largely used, a comparison showed that in a village where roundup was used, 31% of the residents had a family member that has cancer, compared to a ranching village that did not use Roundup, where only 3% of the residents had a family member with cancer.
Glyphosate is known to disrupt the body’s enzymes, which can cause lysosomal dysfunction, which is a major cause in heart failure and cardiovascular disease.
The thought on the link between MS and glyphosate is that the IBS caused by glyphosate may cause gut bacteria to leak into the vasculature, which triggers an immune reaction and autoimmune disorder leading to the destruction of the myelin sheath.
There are fish that have been exposed to Roundup and have developed digestive problems that are similar to those of celiac disease. These parallels are known effects of glyphosate, including mineral deficiencies, gut bacteria imbalances, and amino acid depletion.
Research in laboratory animals has shown that male rats who are exposed to high levels of Roundup during prenatal or pubertal development do suffer from reproductive problems like delayed puberty, decreased testosterone production, and decreased sperm production.