Studies offer revealing look at pesticides

Canadian lawyers just launched a $500 million class-action lawsuit against Roundup makers and 42,000 plaintiffs “Sue Bayer over Glyphosate,” reports Sustainable Pulse, Nov. 22, 2019. “Lawsuits against Bayer are on the rise over claims that the company’s weedkiller causes cancer. The legal cases have taken a toll on Bayer’s share price and reputation.”

“Glyphosate Can Trigger Aggressive Breast Cancer When Combined with Another Risk Factor,” reports the science journal, Frontiers in Genetics: Epigenomics and Epigenetics, September 27, 2019.

When a second cancer-inducing agent was combined with the glyphosate, this led to the transformation of the human breast cells to a cancerous state. The second cancer-inducing agent is a type of gene regulatory molecule that is present in all humans. The second cancer-inducing agent was a class of small RNA molecules known as microRNA.

Furthermore, this study found, “The glyphosate induced a several-fold increase in a protein called TET3, which is known to remove methylation tags from DNA … When the methylation tags are removed, the gene can be reactivated. Such changes in gene function caused by alterations in the profile of DNA methylation tags are known to be a contributing factor to cancer formation (carcinogenesis).”

French scientist Séralini published in Environmental Sciences Europe, 2014, that female rats fed Roundup, developed large mammary tumors more frequently and earlier than the controls. Séralini’s study was called, “Long-term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize.” Furthermore, rats fed Roundup, developed liver/kidney failure and premature death, especially in males.

Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research published in 2019, that the overall risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in glyphosate-exposed individuals was increased by 41%.

A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2014, found a link between the herbicide Roundup and the fatal Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown origin (CKDU) affecting mostly, the rice farmers in Sri Lanka and several other countries.

Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena announced in 2015, that the import of glyphosate will be banned with immediate effect. The El Salvador government also banned Roundup over a deadly regional kidney disease effecting its agricultural workers who sprayed Roundup.

Research led by Professor Jack Heinemann, from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand has found that commonly used herbicides, including Roundup, can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics.

“In the poor neighborhood of Urquiza, Argentina, a single dirt track separates Viviana Peralta’s house from the soy fields where pesticides are sprayed by airplanes. When she realized that her one and a half year old daughter, Ailen, suffered from acute asthma attacks every time an airplane flew over her house she made the connection. At the hospital, a pediatrician confirmed the presence of glyphosate in Ailen’s blood.

“In San Jorge, cancers have increased by 30% in ten years. After a spray, inhabitants report that their lips turn blue, their tongue thickens, chickens die, cats and dogs lose their hair, bees disappear and there are fewer birds. Finally, on March 17th 2009, a milestone ruling banned any spraying within 800 meters of houses if spraying is carried out by ”mosquitoes” (tractors with several metre-long wings), and within 1500 meters if carried out by plane. “Glyphosate is not holy water as they wanted us to believe,” says Carlos Manessi, Argentina agronomist (references: Sustainable Pulse, March 4, 2013; GMO Seralini).”

Are there at least 800 to 1,500 meters between pesticide spraying by Hartung Brothers and the Waimea Middle Canyon School and which pesticides are being sprayed by Hartung?

“A unique testing project involving 23 members of the Japanese Parliament, has shocked the country after it was revealed that the majority of the politicians had long-term exposure to pesticides including glyphosate. The hair testing results were announced in the Japanese House of Representatives in early August and have led to a growing call for a change of approach to pesticides in the country (reference: Sustainable Pulse, 2019).”

“California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat, a judge tentatively ruled,” reports Sustainable Pulse, 2017.

A paper published 2016, in Environmental Health has shown the concerns of top global scientists regarding the damage to human health caused by the most used herbicides in the World – Glyphosate-based herbicides.

Investigative journalist, Carey Gillam, author of “Whitewash,” writes, Monsanto has engaged in “strategic deception” to cover up the scientific knowledge that glyphosate causes cancer and other diseases mentioned here.

What about the destructive effect of glyphosate on the environment? “

The Midwest American monarch butterfly, which is the same as the monarch here on Kauai, is on the endangered species list, because glyphosate sprayed on glyphosate resistant genetically modified corn, has inadvertently killed off the monarch’s habitat plant, the milkweed. You can see milkweed plants with monarch butterflies at the back of the Chiefess Middle School playground. Is not the school child the real monarch metaphorically?

Definitely, for safety, glyphosate and other toxic pesticides should not be sprayed within 1,500 meters of the Waimea Middle Canyon School and not at all in Kauai’s parks.

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Will M. Davis is a resident of Lihue.

13 Comments
  1. james November 26, 2019 7:59 am Reply

    Does anyone in this day and age really believe that we can trust multi-billion dollar corporations to protect us or the environment? We need regulations and laws, and responsible elected officials to implement them on our behalf. I know the current administration thinks all regulations are “bad” and prevent economic growth, but isn’t this deregulation just a ploy to allow corporations to run free and make more money at our expense? Yes, it cost more to properly dispose of waste. Yes, it cost more to abide by regulations to prevent oil leaks when drilling offshore. Yes it costs more to hire safety personnel to ensure the safety of workers. I think we have all seen many examples of what happens when we assume that corporations will look after us and the environment instead of increasing their bottom line. Sadly, in today’s world, we need to force them to do the right thing.


  2. Charlie Chimknee November 26, 2019 8:06 am Reply

    RoundUp is made from petroleum, and is a Petrochemical and by virtue of that is carcinogenic which means it causes cancer, as has been proclaimed by US Courts and banned by whole countries across the planet…yet Home Depot don’t care, yet, it still sells RoundUp right off the shelf in the poison section after you enter the Return Items Door on the Right side entry to the building.

    The chemical stink is so strong in the poison display section it is evident the poisons are seeping out of the PLASTIC (petroleum) bottles and packages and entering your nose, thus your lungs, and thus your blood stream. And there you go, RoundUp and it’s Glyphosate poison is in your body and now you can be a plaintiff and sue BAYER Chemicals for causing you to have cancer just by walking by its display, and add Home Depot to the list of Defendants.

    OR…

    This poison section should be out doors in the nursery section in back by the bricks to allow the toxic fumes to escape into and pollute(?) the atmosphere. Lesser of 2 evils…! When will the people Cause the Banning of RoundUp and similar petrochemical poisons…?

    Or keep only pictures of the many poisons for sale on display and Home Depot provide an employee wearing a HazMat suit to go get your poison from a closed container out back of Home Depot. Problem solved except if you are still so stupid to use RoundUp well finish your life with Glyphosate Cancer, many others are…!

    Home Depot should post warning signs: Danger known Cancer Chemicals…children walk by there all the time with their Un-warned parents. There should be an another sign…Off Limits to Children and Youth under 21, after all chemical poisons are worse than cigarettes.

    Oddly the Home Depot Display manager has Christmas display items exactly a few feet across from the poison. That’s an insult to Santa and his Elves and Reindeer on display.

    The Home Depot manager is a nice man, Keoki, if you see him ask him for warning signs and to move all of the poison display out by the far side of the bricks and soil bags, they smell too…!

    Further write Home Depot main office. It costs no money to move the entire poison display. Some of the bug and rodent devices are are non toxic traps so they could remain there on display with a sign directing people to the Toxic Section outdoors.

    Save the Children…!


  3. paulot November 26, 2019 11:40 am Reply

    Glyphosate should not only be banned from parks but roadway sides as well. The Big Island was able to ban it from the roadways and we need to do that too. It washes down from the roads into streams and out to the ocean.


  4. Pete Antonson November 26, 2019 1:57 pm Reply

    Séralini is a disgraced fraud. The very fact that you included him negates your article which also includes other works outside the scientific consensus for this issue. You race in with shiny new studies affirming your bias. without consensus review, as if they magically overturn the consensus. You are completely ignorant when it comes to the field of scientific research!


    1. Ted Miner November 27, 2019 11:19 am Reply

      Dr. Seralini is not a “disgraced fraud”. He provides peer-reviewed science that that threatens the biotech-chemical industry profit agenda. The internal Monsanto documents that have been made public as part of the Roundup trials, that awarded cancer victims whose cancer was caused by Roundup over 2.3 billion dollars in damages, showed the frantic attempts by Monsanto to smear Seralini just as you are doing here. There is no scientific consensus on glyphosate safety. You are simply repeating and industry PR meme. The ignorance is all on the sucker that ignores peer-revied science while believing the industry PR campaign.


  5. Mary Rose Gallagher November 26, 2019 2:06 pm Reply

    I enjoyed this article. I also read that glyphosate is banned or restricted in 19 countries. Thanks for the information Mr. Davis.


    1. Jacob McDaniels November 27, 2019 12:33 am Reply

      Forty-one percent sounds pretty bad, but let’s put in context. About 20 new cases of NHL are diagnosed per 100,000 men and women each year. Assuming that 41 percent figure is right, that would suggest that 8 additional new NHL cases would be expected each year for every 100,000 exposed to glyphosate. Interestingly, the incidence rate of NHL has remained essentially flat even after the advent of herbicide resistant biotech crops encouraged the rising use of glyphosate. Keep in mind that your lifetime risk of developing or dying from cancer if you are male is 40 and 22 percent respectively. If female, the odds are 38 and 19 percent.


  6. Eric Bjerregaard November 26, 2019 5:02 pm Reply

    That article was filled with misinformation and all of the sources can be refuted. The Sri Lankan ban has been rescinded. Dehydration caused the problem. Cary gillam is not a journalist. She works for an anti-pesticide group. Here is a review of her horrible book. https://biofortified.org/2018/02/hogwash-review-whitewash-carey-gillam/ The nonsense claimed by sustainable pulse never had a valid reason and a federal judge and the EPA have both moved to stop the labeling as false and misleading. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-takes-action-provide-accurate-risk-information-consumers-stop-false-labeling Heineman is well known for publishing nonsense. I wonder if that is why no link to his actual work was posted. Pathetic work folks.


    1. Robert November 27, 2019 11:30 am Reply

      Eric, you know that Biofortified is an industry funded astroturf group. And everyone knows that the EPA has been making bizarre judgments since Trump was elected. No one trusts either of those unreliable sources.


    2. Ted Miner November 27, 2019 11:30 am Reply

      As usual, you are wrong, Eric. You post biotech-chemical industry propaganda and links to known industry astroturf dis-info sites. Cary Gillam is a fine journalist who refused to slant here coverage and resigned from a major news service to protect her integrity. The EPA is a captured and corrupted political agency that approved glyphosate over the objections of its own staff toxicologists. They allowed Monsanto to hide their research that shows glyphosate caused cancer as a trade secret. You are a familiar poster of industry propaganda on social media sites and refuses to look at all the science that conflicts with your industry PR agenda.


      1. Jacob McDaniels November 27, 2019 4:22 pm Reply

        Yes ted any group that doesnt agree with your backwards way of thinking must be corrupt. Conspiracy theories is all you got when you have no real argument.


        1. Ted Miner November 28, 2019 7:11 am Reply

          You are the one who has no augment. Personal attacks that have no substance are not arguments. Every word I posted is true and the facts are all easily verifiable. If you wish to take issue with the facts I post we can discuss them, but you haven’t posted anything but an adolescent attack. Have a nice Thanksgiving.


  7. Charlie Chimknee November 26, 2019 8:35 pm Reply

    RoundUp is made from petroleum, and is a Petrochemical and by virtue of that is carcinogenic which means it causes cancer, as has been proclaimed by US Courts and banned by whole countries across the planet…yet Home Depot don’t care, yet, it still sells RoundUp right off the shelf in the poison section after you enter the Return Items Door on the Right side entry to the building.

    The chemical stink is so strong in the poison display section it is evident the poisons are seeping out of the PLASTIC (petroleum) bottles and packages and entering your nose, thus your lungs, and thus your blood stream. And there you go, RoundUp and it’s Glyphosate poison is in your body and now you can be a plaintiff and sue BAYER Chemicals for causing you to have cancer just by walking by its display, and add Home Depot to the list of Defendants.

    OR…

    This poison section should be out doors in the nursery section in back by the bricks to allow the toxic fumes to escape into and pollute(?) the atmosphere. Lesser of 2 evils…! When will the people Cause the Banning of RoundUp and similar petrochemical poisons…?

    Or keep only pictures of the many poisons for sale on display and Home Depot provide an employee wearing a HazMat suit to go get your poison from a closed container out back of Home Depot. Problem solved except if you are still so stupid to use RoundUp well finish your life with Glyphosate Cancer, many others are…!

    Home Depot should post warning signs: Danger known Cancer Chemicals…children walk by there all the time with their Un-warned parents. There should be an another sign…Off Limits to Children and Youth under 21, after all chemical poisons are worse than cigarettes.

    Oddly the Home Depot Display manager has Christmas display items exactly a few feet across from the poison. That’s an insult to Santa and his Elves and Reindeer on display.

    The Home Depot manager is a nice man, if you see him ask him for chemical warning signs and ask him to move all of the poison display out by the far side of the bricks and soil bags, they smell too…!

    Further write Home Depot main office. It costs no money to move the entire poison display. Some of the bug and rodent devices are are non toxic traps so they could remain there on display with a sign directing people to the Toxic Section outdoors.

    Save the Children…!


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