A top selling “herbicide” on the market has been shown to kill human cells in independent studies. While this particular herbicide, with the main ingredient glyphosate has been deemed safe for use, only the main ingredient is being tested; neglecting the other ingredients which make up the compound.
Listed on the ingredients label of a pesticide or “herbicide” is the active ingredient, in this case, glyphosate, as well as inert ingredients – the inactive ingredients. The inert ingredients may not be specifically labeled, or it will say “other ingredients” to protect trade secrets.
These inert ingredients are concerning some scientists. Lab studies have shown that an inert ingredient – polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA) – commonly mixed with glyphosate, have been shown to kill embryonic, placental, and umbilical cord cells. It is more harmful to these human cells than the glyphosate itself, and even at levels far more diluted than what is used on the average farm or garden.
This is concerning because Americans use this product very liberally. To be specific, around 100 million pounds of the “herbicide” are applied to American farms and lawns every year. Perhaps the reason for its popularity is the idea that it is safe. Both the EPA and the Department of Agriculture recognize POEA as an inert ingredient and state that there is strong evidence it doesn’t cause cancer, and they can find no risk factors concerning. In fact, this ingredient, which is derived from animal fat, can be used in USDA certified organic products. However, these findings strongly contradict what a French study claims.
According to a French study, the tested formulas which included glyphosate and POEA, together and separately, all killed umbilical cord, placental, and embryonic cells. The scientists also hypothesized that this can cause problems during pregnancy not only because of the cell damage, but it can interfere with hormone production as well.
Why is it that no one can ever seem to tell us the truth about what is going into or on the foods we eat? If you would like to read the article in it’s entirety, click on the link below.