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Incidence of acute kidney injury vs. glyphosate applications to U.S. corn and soy crops.
Incidence of acute kidney injury vs. glyphosate applications to U.S. corn and soy crops.
Data source: Acute Kidney Injury, NIH: NKUDIC; glyphosate: USDA

When will people figure out that food (sugar, gluten, corn syrup, canola etc.) is not the problem? The problem is the poison in the food!

People have been eating wheat for thousands of years. Now, in just the last 15-20 years, all of a sudden everyone is allergic to wheat? What has changed? Someone decided it was a good idea to spray Roundup all over the wheat (and other food crops) to dry it out before harvest. This is now routine. Connect the dots...

When will people make the connection between the spraying of glyphosate as a desiccant in sugar cane fields and the young men dying of kidney failure? This is a big mystery in Central America. “...chronic kidney disease (CKD) is cutting a swath through one of the world’s poorest populations, along a stretch of Central America’s Pacific Coast that spans six countries and nearly 700 miles. Its victims are manual laborers, mostly sugarcane workers. ... In the U.S., leading causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and hypertension. ... In Central America, the disease’s origins are more of an enigma, and more frequently lethal. Afflicted laborers in the sugar cane fields near the Pacific generally have neither diabetes nor hypertension.” Take a look at the graphs correlating kidney failure and glyphosate applications to corn and soy and the percentage of genetically engineered (GE) crops. Connect the dots...

Speaking of diabetes and hypertension, medical doctors think that over-consumption of sugar is the leading factor in obesity and type II diabetes. Take a look at the graph of sugar consumption. With the exception of a tiny bit of honey and maple syrup, ALL of the sugar consumed in the U.S. is in the form of: sugar beet (95% genetically modified to withstand herbicides), corn (93% genetically modified to withstand herbicides), or sugar cane (sprayed with Roundup as a pre-harvest desiccant). Is the problem really with the sugar? Take a look at the graphs correlating diabetes, hypertension and obesity with glyphosate applications to corn and soy and the percentage of GE crops. Connect the dots...

Birth rates are down, teen pregnancies are down and abortion rates are at an all-time low. Abortion foes are taking credit. But, according to Rachel Jones, lead author of the study, "Rather, the decline in abortions coincided with a steep national drop in overall pregnancy and birth rates.” Yet glyphosate has been shown to interfere with gestation and reproduction (see notes below). Connect the dots...

Another mystery has unfolded in the agricultural counties of Yakima, Benton and Franklin in Washington state: “Doctors there are baffled by a cluster of local cases involving a birth defect known as anencephaly, in which babies are born with parts of their brain or skull missing. A study released last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed nearly two dozen such cases were reported from January 2010 through January 2013. This means that instances of anencephaly in rural Yakima County area are four times as high as the national estimate. Susie Ball of the Central Washington Genetics Program at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital recently told NBC News that she has reported “eight or nine” additional cases of anencephaly since the CDC's 2013 report.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, “A shortage (deficiency) of folate appears to play a significant role [in anencephaly]. ... Other possible risk factors for anencephaly include diabetes mellitus, obesity...” Imagine that. According to plant physiologist Dale Shaner, “Glyphosate kills plants by inhibiting 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate ynthase(EPSPS). EPSPS is a key enzyme in the shikimate biosynthetic pathway which is necessary for the production of the aromatic amino acids, auxin, phytoalexins, folic acid, lignin, plastoquinones and many other secondary products.” [emphasis added] Washington state has declared a war on weeds with glyphosate being the main EPA-approved weapon, particularly in aquatic environments. According to the Washington State Department of Agriculture Integrated Pest Management Plan for Freshwater Emergent Noxious and Quarantine Listed Weeds, irrigation areas along the Yakima river and the river itself from Benton City to the Columbia river were treated with 5% glyphosate solution in 2010, 2011 and 2012 (page A-15) by the state. Finally, the Yakima valley is primarily agricultural with irrigation and agricultural runoff into the Yakima and Columbia rivers. Connect the dots ...

One could argue that the rise in birth defects is in the same region as the Hanford nuclear facility. Hanford is certainly a concern, yet Hanford has been there for many, many years. As of 2012, state officials reported that they “haven't detected higher radioactivity levels” in nearby wells despite leakage of underground storage tanks. The rise in birth defects started in 2010. Connect the dots...

In 2010 the University of Cordoba released a report showing that the incidence rate of birth defects in South America has increased by 347% from 1997 to 2008, which they claim is linked to areal spraying of glyphosate on soy crops. People in Argentina began reporting problems in 2002, two years after the first big harvests of Genetically Modified Roundup Ready soy. “San Jorge in Santa Fe, San Nicolás in Buenos Aires, Ituzaingó neighborhood in Córdoba, and La Leonesa in Chaco, are only some of the places where the increased number of cancer cases, birth defects, reproductive and endocrine disorders, have been suffered and detected ever since systematic pesticide spraying has become commonplace.” Connect the dots...

People will be howling that “correlation doesn't mean causation.” True. Yet the correlations are very strong with very high statistical significance. Causation would certainly explain a lot. Why aren't they saying instead, “Wow, those numbers are astounding. We should look into this.”? Why aren't they asking, “What if this is true?” Because ... what if it is?


Infertility and low birth rates:

Laboratory animals:

In 1995 Yousef et al. reported on toxic effects of glyphosate on semen characteristics in rabbits, “Pesticide treatment resulted in a decline in body weight, libido, ejaculate volume, sperm concentration, semen initial fructose and semen osmolality. This was accompanied with increases in the abnormal and dead sperm.”

In 2002 Markaverich et al. found that, “Housing adult rats on ground corncob bedding impedes male and female mating behavior and causes acyclicity in females.”

In 2008, Austrian researchers found that mice fed GM corn produced fewer and smaller babies than those fed a non-GM diet.

In April 2010, a Russian study found that after feeding hamsters GM soy for two years over three generations, most were sterile by the third generation.

2011 Siepmann et al. reported, “Hypogonadism and erectile dysfunction associated with soy product consumption,” in a 19-year old male (who was also diabetic). Unfortunately, they didn't make the connection that the soy was almost certainly GE.

In 2012 Antoniou et al. published a review of the evidence of the reproductive toxicity of glyphosate herbicides and concluded that a new and transparent risk assessment needs to be conducted.

In 2012 Irina Ermakova reported low birth weight and a 55.6% mortality rate in the babies of rats fed GMO soy compared to 6.8% in the control group.

Farm animals:

An Iowa pig farmer reports sterility and false pregnancies in pigs fed GMO corn.

ADanish pig farmer reports birth defects, infertility and low birth rate in pigs fed GMO corn. (English version).


In 2001 Arbuckle et al, reported on the effect of pesticide exposure on the risk of spontaneous abortion in Ontario. “For late abortions, preconception exposure to glyphosate ... was associated with elevated risks. Postconception exposures were generally associated with late spontaneous abortions. Older maternal age (> 34 years of age) was the strongest risk factor for spontaneous abortions, and we observed several interactions between pesticides in the older age group.”

Birth defects:


In 2005, Richard et al. reported that “glyphosate is toxic to human placental JEG3 cells within 18 hr with concentrations lower than those found with agricultural use, and this effect increases with concentration and time or in the presence of Roundup adjuvants.”

In 2009, Benachour et al. evaluated the toxicity of four glyphosate (G)-based herbicides in Roundup formulations on three different human cell types using a dilution far below agricultural recommendations and corresponds to low levels of residues in food or feed. They reported that glyphosate formulations induce apoptosis and necrosis in human umbilical, embryonic, and placental cells.


In 2010, Paganelli et al. injected low doses (lower than levels used in fumigating) of glyphosate into amphibian embryos and recorded brain, intestinal and heart defects in the fetuses. Effects included reduced head size, genetic alterations in the central nervous system, increased death of cells that help form the skull, deformed cartilage, eye defects, and undeveloped kidneys. In addition, the glyphosate was not breaking down in the cells, but was accumulating. According to the authors these results are “completely comparable to what would happen in the development of the human embryo.”


In 2009, Mesnage et al. reported two cases of birth defects in the same family in France after multiple pesticide exposure. “Many pesticides were used by this family around pregnancies. The father sprayed, without protection, more than 1.3 tons of pesticides per year including 300 liters of glyphosate based herbicides.”

In 2009, Winchester et al., reported, “Elevated concentrations of agrichemicals in surface water in April–July coincided with higher risk of birth defects in live births with LMPs [last menstrual periods] April–July.”

Data sources:

Sugar consumption: USDA, Table 50

Diabetes prevalence data: CDC

Diabetes incidence data: CDC

Hypertension, Renal failure, ESRD and Obesity data: CDC mortality files

Acute Kidney Injury: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) a service of NIH (public domain).

Glyphosate: USDA:NASS National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

Percent GE corn & soy data:

1996-1999 data: USDA Agricultural Economic Report No. (AER-810) 67 pp, May 2002

2000-2012 data: USDA:NASS National Agricultural Statistics Service

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