Moms Across America Calls For Bayer to Retire Roundup Weed Killer
Study Shows Maternal Exposure in Rats Causes Autism Symptoms
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. – Moms Across America (MAA) is calling for the removal of Roundup weed killer from the market. This is in response to a troubling new study found that maternal exposure to high levels of glyphosate herbicide caused autism symptoms in young male rats.
The study was done by UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and Chiba University Center for Forensic Mental Health of Japan. It found that maternal glyphosate herbicide exposure during pregnancy and lactation caused autism like-behavior and abnormal gut microbiota in male offspring.
“We demand Bayer/Monsanto remove this dangerous product from the U.S. market. Studies continue to show the possible harm associated with its use. The company is banking on continued sales of this product. Meanwhile, part of its profit forecast includes paying out billions for the disease it caused. It’s disgraceful,” said Zen Honeycutt, MAA founder.
Meanwhile, Bayer/Monsanto reached a verbal agreement to consider a $10 billion dollar settlement to tens of thousands of U.S. cancer victims claiming Roundup was responsible for their Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
MAA hopes the courts will next consider the potential impact on pregnant mothers and the causation of autism symptoms in addition to this settlement. Significantly, the study showed that the method of causation was found in changes in the gut microbiota. Previous animal studies have also shown a disturbance of the gut bacteria with glyphosate herbicide exposure. The disturbance of the gut microbiota is significant. Additionally, it has been repeatedly connected with behavioral and learning disabilities in animals and humans. Males especially have been affected as the study showed.
Over 70% of the glyphosate herbicide that has ever been used (3.5 billion pounds) has been used in the past ten years. Additionally, a large portion of that use was as a drying agent on wheat, peas, beans, and grains used in animal feed. Glyphosate does not wash, dry, or cook-off and has been found in thousands of food, animal feed, water, and beverage samples. The widespread contamination of glyphosate is alarming. Glyphosate had also been detected in childhood vaccines and flu vaccines given to pregnant women. Occupational exposure is not the only glyphosate herbicide exposure that pregnant women would be wise to avoid. Certainly, food, vaccines, and neighborhood spraying for weed control could all be major factors of exposure.
Learning Disabilities Facts
- 1 out of 6 children in America now has a learning disability.
- 1 out of 5 children will have or will have a serious mental illness.
- It is predicted that by 2025, half of all children will be diagnosed with autism. This disturbing rise correlates with the increased use of glyphosate in agriculture.
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Moms Across America is a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to educate and empower mothers and others with actions and solutions to create healthy communities. Learn more at www.momsacrossamerica.org
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