“The findings of our study are very worrying…”

I think we have all seen the recent spate of articles about the study linking glyphosate to liver disease in rats.  Yes, worrisome, but we have seen scary study results before.    But this study is uniquely scary in a few ways.  This Daily Mail article brought them to my attention. Consider these worrisome quotes from the article:

  • Dr Robin Mesnage, a research associate at Kings, said: ‘The concentration of glyphosate that was added to the drinking water of the rats corresponds to a concentration found in tap water for human consumption. ‘It is also lower than the contamination of some foodstuffs.’
  • ‘These results demonstrate that long-term consumption of an ultra-low, environmentally relevant dose of Roundup at a glyphosate daily intake level of only 4 nanograms per kilogram of body weight per day, which is 75,000 times below EU and 437,500 below US permitted levels, results in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Dr Antoniou said: ‘The findings of our study are very worrying as they demonstrate for the first time a causative link between an environmentally relevant level of Roundup consumption over the long-term and a serious disease. ‘Our results also suggest that regulators should reconsider the safety evaluation of glyphosate-based herbicides.’
They didn’t drench the rats in glyphosate, they gave them doses equivalent to what WE are getting in our food and water (OR LESS as there isn’t enough testing to know) and demonstrated a causative link to a serious disease.   I think that this study might be one of the first of a new batch that we will see in the near future that will ensure that nothing in its approach is assailable by those who profit from glyphosate products.  Kind of a good news/bad news situation.  The good news will be that the results will be hard to argue with and will help regulators keep glyphosate out of our food.  I am afraid to consider the bad news.
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