Not surprisingly, lawsuits against Monsanto over their branded herbicide formulation Roundup (a glyphosate formulation) have apparently commenced, starting with 2 farmers (and more will likely follow suit). And also not surprisingly, the alternative media has its eye on these suits, and has begun to expose them to the world in the most dramatic of ways.
The lawsuits commenced after the International Agency For Research On Cancer (The World Health Organisation’s cancer arm) listed Roundup’s main ingredient (glyphosate) as a probable human carcinogen 6 months back.
One thing I will give Ecowatch credit for here, is that they did not embellish the headline for views. Unlike one of their fellow sources.
This is not really a fact checking piece, as there is nothing to disagree with. Two people are suing so far, and more are likely to join the fray. It is likely that the suits will be thrown out due to lack of evidence. Whether or not you agree with such a conclusion is up to you.
And when that does happen, you can be sure these these anti Bio-tech company news media sources will be all over all the cases, reporting it as a miscarriage of justice and seeing the wheels of corporate conspiracy turning.
Though my opinion does not matter, I do feel that these suits are out of convenience. Its unfortunate that these individuals are having to go though the ordeal of cancer. But read this excert from one of the suits (from the Ecowatch article):
“Monsanto assured the public that Roundup was harmless. In order to prove this, Monsanto championed falsified data and attacked legitimate studies that revealed its dangers. Monsanto led a prolonged campaign of misinformation to convince government agencies, farmers and the general population that Roundup was safe.”
It reminds me of the uproar that commenced after the Monsanto rep refused to drink roundup after stating it was harmless. Yes harmless, in context. Bleach is for the most part considered harmless as well, but that does not mean it is safe to drink a cup of it. Fucking idiots.
Being that glyphosate is a PROBABLE carcinogen, I doubt that these lawsuits will go anywhere. But since these 2 words (probable carcinogen) are getting so much attention, I think its time that we explore some other items on that list. Not all of them (its a pretty long list!), but some of the ones that you are most likely to come across in daily life.
My regular readers may recognize this name, because I have written of it before.
For those that didn’t see the other post, Acrylamide can be produced on account to the heating of asparagine, an amino acid found in many vegetables (with some potato varieties having high concentrations). Frying, baking and broiling seem to trigger the production of Acrylamide (more so with lengthy cooking times over 120C), while boiling and microwaving seem to not trigger production.
Interestingly, this is a cancer treatment drug. Ironically, given the context of this piece. The fellows sued for being exposed to a probable carcinogen, only to be treated with one.
This is a drug that is used to treat myelodysplastic syndrome (a group of conditions caused by bone marrow producing misshapen and otherwise unhealthy blood cells). The medication helps bone marrow to produce normal cells and kills abnormal cells.
This is another anti-cancer drug used in the chemotherapy process. It is known as an alkylating agent (which means that it stops DNA from transcribing into RNA)
This is an anti-biotic that prevents many forms of bacteria from forming the proteins that they need to survive.
This is a compound that is used to manufacture synthetic glycerin, epoxy resins as well as various polymers.
This name I am familiar with, since it is used as a mosquito control measure by my city, and many others. On a personal note, I have breathed this shit 3 times after happening to be out when spraying was in progress.
This can be found in bergamot essential oil, other citrus essential oils and grapefruit juice.
If you (like me) ever wondered why so many medications could not be taken along with grapefruit juice, this chemical compound is the reason why. Though that is fine by me (I hate grapefruit).
This is used in the manufacture of cosmetics, pesticides and most rubber products. Other sources appear to be some beers and foods.
That was a mouthful (I am glad this is not an oral presentation!). This is a by-product of some manufacturing processes, and is present (in small amounts) in some cured and smoked meats. It can also be found in cigarette smoke.
This is used in the manufacture of polystyrene products. Otherwise known as styrofoam. Which I just learned is a trade marked name (owned by Dow Chemical).
On an interesting (but unrelated) note, there are now bugs which can eat styrofoam trash.
This is used as a dry cleaning solvent and a metal degreaser.
Tris (2,3-dibromopropyl) Phosphate
Once widely used as a flame retardant in plastics and textiles (do you own any old plastic and/or textile items?)
Think sunlight and tanning beds.
And thus concludes a list of all of the probable carcinogens that a person may come across just in daily life (not considering various work environments that one may find themselves in).
Though glyphosate is indeed one of the more toxic ones, it is also a chemical wherein its class alone (herbicide) would bring about a reaction of cautionary handling. Or if someone is to dim to even figure THAT out, it will be printed on the side of the bottle. Do not be a stupid moron, USE WITH CAUTION.
This is compared to, smoked meats and fish, dry cleaned items and even older plastics and textiles. Or polystyrene (how many times have you eaten or drank heated items out of a polystyrene container?). And of course all of the cancer treatment drugs.
This is not to say that you should be freaked out be your potential exposure to these chemicals with long and scary names. Its all about context.
Glyphosate is not apple juice (and anyone that compares it in such a context is a moron of the highest caliber). But its also not agent orange.
Its nasty, but its better than what predated it. And chances are, though a combination of scientific research and genetic modification, it can be a parent someday to something even better. And I don’t mean “roundup ready” impregnated crops. I mean plants that will be naturally more resistant to pests, drought, disease and many other factors.
All of which are continually retarded by anti-GMO and anti-biotech fear mongering.