NEW! FROM NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ON GMO’S, HERBICIDES, PUBLIC HEALTH AND ECOLOGY

LATEST RECOMMENDATIONS RESPONDING TO A DRAMATIC CHANGE OF THE LANDSCAPE ON GMOS, HERBICIDES, AND PUBLIC HEALTH

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1505660

Summary of findings: 

  1.  SCIENCE AND RISK ASSESSMENT OF EPA’S HASTY APPROVAL ON ENLIST DUO IS FLAWED AND BASED ON OUTDATED INDUSTRY STUDIES. THEREFORE, MORE RECENT PEER REVIEWED INDEPENDENT SCIENCE FINDINGS SHOULD BE APPLIED. EPA SHOULD DELAY IMPLEMENTATION OF DECISION TO PERMIT USE OF BOTH GLYPHOSATE AND 2,4,D DUE TO CARCINOGENIC (INCLUDING MALIGNANT TUMORS AT MULTIPLE ANATOMICAL SITES) AND TOXICITY CONCERNS, BASED ON COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENTS BY WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION/IARC IN 2015.
  2. EPA’S ENLIST DUO APPROVAL DID NOT LOOK AT FULL ROUNDUP CHEMICAL FORMULA, WHICH IS EVEN MORE TOXIC THAN TESTED INGREDIENT GLYPHOSATE, NOR DID EPA LOOK AT COMBINED EFFECTS OF 2,4,D WITH ROUNDUP. FURTHER, EPA FAILED TO CONSIDER ECOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF HERBICIDES, INCLUDING EFFECTS ON MONARCHS AND OTHER POLLINATORS.
  3. GMO LABELING SHOULD BE REVISITED NOW IN ORDER TO TRACK EMERGING NOVEL FOOD ALLERGIES AND CONTINUED ASSESSMENT OF MULTIPLE CHEMICAL HERBICIDES ON FOOD CROPS. CONSUMERS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW HOW THE FOODS THEY ARE BUYING TO EAT ARE PRODUCED, AND ADEQUATELY FUNDED LONG TERM POST MARKETING SURVEILLANCE IS NEEDED.
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