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New EPA Regulations Harm Animals and Us

June 25th, 2013 by Christy Griffin

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Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide, a poison that can cause cancer in animals, humans and non-humans alike. Please join IDA, Natural News, and Health Ranger in objecting to new EPA regulations which allow increased glyphosate contamination of food crops, edible oils, and waterways. Take action today – public comments are due by July 1!

These new regulations permit glyphosate concentrations that are thousands of times higher than the levels which can cause cancer. For example: they allow animal feed and hay to contain up to 100 ppm glyphosate, over one million times the concentration that can cause cancer. The regulations allow oilseed crops to contain up to 40 ppm glyphosate, over 100,000 times the concentration that can cause cancer. They raise the allowable glyphosate contamination level of root crops from 200 ppb to 6000 ppb. They also allow the contamination of fruits to be from 200 ppb to 500 ppb.

Object to the poisoning of us, the animals we work to protect, and our environment! Please send your comments to the EPA today by clicking the “comment now” button at the top right corner of this page.

67 Responses to “New EPA Regulations Harm Animals and Us”

  1. July 17, 2013 at 9:53 am, Betty E. Cochran said:

    Last week the EPA let Monsanto raise the allowable concentrations of glyphosate on food crops, animal feed, and edible oils. The new regulation lets farmers use more of the chemical, which is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup.Under the new regulation, forage and hay teff can contain up to 100 ppm (100,000 ppb) glyphosate; oilseed crops can contain up to 40 ppm (40,000 ppb) glyphosate, and root crops such as potatoes and beets can contain 6000 ppb glyphosate. Fruits can have concentrations from 200 ppb to 500 ppb glyphosate. These numbers are magnitudes higher than the levels some scientists believe are carcinogenic.The EPA has classified glyphosate as a Class D carcinogen, which means it either does not cause cancer in human beings or that its cancer-causing potential is unknown. But in 2009, a study conducted at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research found that glyphosate “has tumor promoting potential in skin carcinogenesis.” An EPA Fact Sheet that is part of the Safe Drinking Water Act states that glyphosate can cause lung congestion after acute exposure above the minimum containment level (MCL) of 0.7 mg/L. That is the equivalent of 0.7 ppm (or 700 ppb) . In addition, the EPA says that long term exposure to glyphosate above the MCL causes kidney damage and reproductive effects.In April, Food Poisoning Bulletin reported on a new study from MIT that showed glyphosate residue has been found on food. That study also found that glyphosate can induce disease in human beings because our gut bacteria, which play an important part in immunity, contain the shikimate pathway, which glyphosate disrupts. Chemical manufacturers have previously claimed that glyphosate is not toxic to human beings because, as mammals, we do not have the shikimate pathway.

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  2. June 26, 2013 at 6:08 am, carolyn deShazo said:

    why would this agency allow levels of this herbicide that would both kill animals and humans? the result will be higher medical bills for both, which run way too high now. ultimately it will mean lessening the population of both animals and humans. it seems that this your goal: manufacturing profits over life. I implore you to lower those levels to a safe level, for everyone’s well being.

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  3. June 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm, Carrera said:

    Those who poison us and the planet believe they are invincible but they are not of course. They too will suffer the consequences of their actions. It’s like the creation of frankestein. Those who create monsters believe they will harm others only. I have news for them. The poisoning of our environment will affect everyone, both humans and animals.

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  4. June 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm, jolanda said:

    Have you people lost your minds. Keep poisoning this beautiful planet and we WILL all die!!!

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  5. June 25, 2013 at 5:51 pm, susan rudnicki said:

    Mr Maresch—your knowledge seems faulty regarding the benign nature of glyphosate. Please see this link for a extensively footnoted, verifiable review of the toxicology of the herbicide Of particular interest here—

    Tests done on glyphosate to meet registration requirements have been associated with fraudulent practices.

    Laboratory fraud first made headlines in 1983 when EPA publicly announced that a 1976 audit had discovered “serious deficiencies and improprieties” in toxicology studies conducted by Industrial Biotest Laboratories (IBT).44 Problems included “countless deaths of rats and mice that were not reported,” “fabricated data tables,” and “routine falsification of data.”44

    IBT was one of the largest laboratories performing tests in support of pesticide registrations.44 About 30 tests on glyphosate and glyphosate-containing products were performed by IBT, including 11 of the 19 chronic toxicology studies.45 A compelling example of the poor quality of IBT data comes from an EPA toxicologist who wrote, “It is also somewhat difficult not to doubt the scientific integrity of a study when the IBT stated that it took specimens from the uteri (of male rabbits) for histopathological examination.”46 (Emphasis added.)

    In 1991, laboratory fraud returned to the headlines when EPA alleged that Craven Laboratories, a company that performed contract studies for 262 pesticide companies including Monsanto, had falsified test results.47 “Tricks” employed by Craven Labs included “falsifying laboratory notebook entries” and “manually manipulating scientific equipment to produce false reports.”48 Roundup residue studies on plums, potatoes, grapes, and sugarbeets were among the tests in question.49

    The following year, the owner/president of Craven Laboratories and three employees were indicted on 20 felony counts. A number of other employees agreed to plead guilty on a number of related charges.50 The owner was sentenced to five years in prison and fined $50,000; Craven Labs was fined 15.5 million dollars, and ordered to pay 3.7 million dollars in restitution.48

    Although the tests of glyphosate identified as fraudulent have been replaced, these practices cast shadows on the entire pesticide registration process.

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