So-called “inert” ingredients in Roundup weed killer can kill human cells

Rounding up the damning evidence: Monsanto’s top-selling weed killer Roundup is widely used not just in grain crops, but yards and parks. French researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells. The new findings throw gasoline on the flames of a debate about so-called “inerts,” the solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other substances that manufacturers add to pesticides. The research was funded in part by France’s Committee for Research and Independent Information on Genetic Engineering, an anti-GMO activist group. Monsanto scientists argue that the study exposed cells to unnaturally high levels of the chemicals and the tests aren’t applicable to live humans. Meanwhile, an environmental group last month petitioned Argentina’s Supreme Court, seeking a temporary ban on use of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) in response to a high incidence of birth defects and cancers in people living near crop-spraying areas. And a group of over 250 U.S. organizations has petitioned the EPA to change requirements for identifying pesticides’ inert ingredients, arguing that the laws protecting manufacturers’ secrecy are unnecessary and harm consumers. (Environmental Health News)

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2 Responsesto “So-called “inert” ingredients in Roundup weed killer can kill human cells”

  1. Ouch. Poor Monstersanto. Always getting picked on. First their rBST failed. Then Food Inc didn’t like them. Now it turns out their premier product is killing humans. A mega-corporation just can’t get a break these days. I wish.

  2. Anastasia says:

    Anyone know the history of EPA’s not investigating “inert ingredients”? What about “inert ingredients” in cleaning products, medicines, etc? I sort of understand the need for trade secrets, but there has to be another way to protect intellectual property without totally black boxing everything.