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Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2012, 04:06:50 AM »
From Scientifc American, June 23, 2009:
Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells

"Until now, most health studies have focused on the safety of
glyphosate, rather than the mixture of ingredients found in Roundup.
But in the new study, scientists found that Roundup’s inert
ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells—even at
concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns.

"One specific inert ingredient, polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA,
was more deadly to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells
than the herbicide itself – a finding the researchers call
“astonishing.”

“This clearly confirms that the [inert ingredients] in Roundup
formulations are not inert,” wrote the study authors from France’s
University of Caen."

"...the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture both recognize POEA
as an inert ingredient. Derived from animal fat, POEA is allowed in
products certified organic by the USDA. The EPA has concluded that it
is not dangerous to public health or the environment."

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=weed-whacking-herbicide-p

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