As parents, we’re constantly making sure that our kids are safe. They look both ways before crossing the street. They know not to talk to strangers. We limit screen time and how long they play Fortnight. But there’s a looming danger that’s lurking on the school playground and in their cereal bowls: Roundup and it’s active ingredient, glyphosate. How dangerous is it?
Harmful Conditions Linked to Roundup
With so much controversy surrounding Roundup, countless studies have been conducted to determine some of the effects that it has on the human body. Here are a few health problems that have been associated with kids who have been exposed to Roundup.
ADHD – Glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor which means it kills cells involved in regulating hormones. “For optimal growth and development, it is crucial that [a child’s] hormonal system is functioning properly…. The endocrine-disrupting properties lead to neurological disorders [such as] learning disabilities (LD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder),” explains Dr. Nancy Swanson.
Birth Defects – In a study which took place in the farming community of Red River Valley, Minnesota, 95 families and 1,532 children were monitored for three years. Conceptions in spring resulted in significantly more children with birth defects than found in any other season (7.6 vs. 3.7%). “Forty-two percent of the children from families with recurrent birth defects were conceived in spring, a significantly higher rate than that for any other season,” cites the study performed by the University of Minnesota.
A similar study was also conducted in Paraguay where it was found that women who lived within one kilometer of fields sprayed with glyphosate were more than twice as likely to have birth defects. Scientists believe that glyphosate can disrupt the Vitamin A (retinoic acid) signaling pathway, which is crucial for healthy fetal development.
Autism – According to EcoWatch, “Glyphosate has a number of known biological effects that align with the known pathologies associated with autism. One of these parallels is the gut dysbiosis observed in autistic children and the toxicity of glyphosate to beneficial bacteria that suppress pathogenic bacteria, along with pathogenic bacteria’s high resistance to glyphosate. In addition, glyphosate’s capacity to promote aluminum accumulation in the brain may make it the principal cause of autism in the U.S.”
Cancer – The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared glyphosate a possible carcinogen back in 2015. Since then, more than 14,000 people – including two children – have filed lawsuits against Monsanto/Bayer for their diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It is thought that Roundup likely induces DNA damage, which has been demonstrated in numerous lab tests.
Digestive Disorders – There are several different digestive issues that have been associated with glyphosate. Celiac disease (gluten intolerance), food allergies, colitis, and obesity have all been attributed to the imbalance of different gut flora that aids in digestion. “Roundup® kills plants by interfering with a biochemical pathway involved with the synthesis of amino acids, called the shikimate pathway. This pathway is not found in humans, therefore it was assumed that glyphosate does not harm humans. The pathway is found in bacteria, however, and humans depend on bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract to synthesize the essential amino acids,” explains Pamela Coleman, PhD.
Weakened Immunity – The original U.S. patent for glyphosate was filed as a pipe cleaner by attracting metals. It also does this in the body and doesn’t allow the body to absorb certain minerals such as zinc. A lack of zinc can weaken the immune system.
On in the Playground, At the Table
In 2018 the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit advocacy group that focuses on toxic chemicals and corporate accountability, found that almost three-fourths of the 45 food products they tested had high levels of glyphosate. These popular food items included General Mills’ Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Lucky Charm’s, Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran, and Quaker’s Old Fashioned Oats.
In July 2018, Dwayne Johnson was the first plaintiff to battle Bayer/Monsanto and win in court. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to his job as a school groundskeeper who used Roundup. Since then, many cities in California have banned the use of Roundup on public property, including schools and parks.
Now 12-year-old Jake Bellah is one of the most recent plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit against Bayer/Monsanto for his non-Hodkin’s lymphoma diagnosis. Jake “was exposed to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide products repeatedly over many years as he played in his family’s yard and around their garden area where his father frequently sprayed the chemicals,” explained popular website U.S. Right to Know.
If you or a loved one was exposed to Roundup after 2006 and were diagnosed with non-Hodkin’s lymphoma, please call Periscope Group at (800) 511-3838. Over 14,000 adults – and now children – are struggling to overcome cancer and Monsanto needs to be held accountable for their toxic products. We want to hear your story and help in any way that we can.