Glyphosate-Based Herbicide Study Shows Cancer Linked Chemical May Be the Least of Our Worries
The results of this testing, according to Seralini and his colleagues, indicate that glyphosate may be the least toxic substance in most glyphosate-based herbicides. This raises a serious problem, because it is testing on glyphosate that is used by regulatory agencies to determine acceptable levels of exposure GBH formulations such as Roundup. Surfactants and other formulants, if they are known (manufacturers are not required to identify the inert ingredients in their pesticides) are not tested for long-term health effects.
The authors of this glyphosate-based herbicide study make two important recommendations:
- Regulatory experiments to determine acceptable daily intake of herbicides should be performed with the “full formulations and all components” of the herbicides being assessed.
- The same full formulations and components should be declared and measured to identify all the active ingredients in the herbicides.
Toxicity of formulants and heavy metals in glyphosate-based herbicides and other pesticides
N. Defarge1, J. Spiroux de Vendômois2, G. E. Séralini1
- University of Caen Normandy, Department of Biology and Network on Risks, Quality and Sustainable Environment MRSH, Esplanade de la Paix, 14032 Caen Cedex, France
- CRIIGEN, 81 Rue Monceau, 75008 Paris, FranceNetwork on Risks, Quality and Sustainable Environment MRSH, University of Caen Normandy, Esplanade de la Paix, CS 14032, Caen Cedex 5, France
Toxicology Reports, 5 (2018), 156-163. Available online December 30, 2017
This work was supported by the University of Caen and the Committee of Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN). It received funding from Alibio Institute and Ekibio Foundation, the Regional Council Ile de France, the Regional Council Rhône-Alpes, JMG Foundation, Foundation Lea Nature, Nature Vivante, Malongo, and the Sustainable Food Alliance. The authors wish to thank the European Deputy Michèle Rivasi for the support to accomplish this work.