A preliminary study of just 90 days conducted by the Ramazzini Institute of Italy found that Roundup and glyphosate exposure caused a dangerous change in the gut microbiome (gut health) as well as neurological toxicity with very low dose exposure in lab experiments. The Institute, along with several partnering organizations is looking to crowd-fund a longer study to prove just how toxic Roundup might be.
It’s no secret that Monsanto has infiltrated almost every large scientific body which might blow the whistle on its genetically modified seed, and toxic herbicides and pesticides like Roundup. The company is notorious for manufacturing “scientific” studies and then using those to influence government agencies like the EPA, to give approval to their health-damaging products.
Though the Ramazzi Institute isn’t the first to try to prove Monsanto has been highly negligent in informing the public of possible health damagiing side effects caused by Round Up, and its primary ingredient, glyphosate, if they are able to successfully crowd-fund a long-term study, it would be one of the first that wouldn’t be subject to Monsanto’s reach into Institutions of Higher Learning, and Scientific bodies claiming to be neutral, while funding for its studies comes straight from Monsanto’s headquarters.
The Ramazzinni Institute seeks funding for a longer study because the 90-day study showed glyphosate and Roundup altered biological parameters connected with sexual development and genotoxicity as well as affecting the gut microbiome. Additionally, exposure at very low levels is likely to cause neurological toxicity among other concerns.
Preliminary study results were already sent to the Italian Health Ministry, which has said it will vote against the Commission proposal of a ten-year renewal of glyphosate’s authorization in Europe.
The long-term study will dive deeper into:
* The toxicity of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The carcinogenicity of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The multi-generational effects of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The neurotoxicological effects of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The endocrine disrupting effects of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The prenatal developmental toxicity effects of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The effects of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures on the microbiome.
Dr Fiorella Belpoggi, director of the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Centre at the Ramazzini, told the magazine EU Food Policy that she had asked the Italian Health Minister to intervene and ask for a renewal for no more than five years at the meeting of the Standing Committee (Plants, Animals, Food and Feed) this week.
She added that in the initial study there was more evidence of potential harm from Roundup than for glyphosate in isolation. Roundup is the substance that we are all exposed to, but glyphosate in isolation is the substance that both the European Food Safety Authority and the European Chemicals Agency evaluated.
The Ramazzini Institute’s members had paid for the first €300,000 study, Dr Belpoggi said. She told EU Food Policy,
“Now we need global support for the full comprehensive study. This is a not-for-profit study and aims finally to give a clear answer to the public and government regulators on the possible effects/safety of glyphosate. We want to enable independent science to once again change the world with the help of the global public, as industry-funded science will never be trusted.”
The Ramazzini Institute is partnering with other institutions, including the University of Bologna, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, the George Washington University, and the Cancer Institute of Genoa.