New study shows the pesticide Roundup is not properly regulated and appears more often in British bread
12 November 2012
A new paper published in the journal of Environmental and Analytical Toxicology highlights wide-ranging problems in regulation of the pesticide glyphosate over many years.
The new study finds that, by discounting data showing negative impacts and relying on industry funded studies, regulators have understated the importance of research showing birth defects in experimental animals. The paper therefore calls into question the regulators’ conclusion that glyphosate and ‘Roundup’, its main commercial formulation, are safe.
Glyphosate is regularly found in cereals on sale in the UK. The Government’s own monitoring figures from 2009- 2011 show increasing frequency of glyphosate found in bread. An average of 24% of bread samples in the latest (2011) surveys contained glyphosate.
“We are extremely concerned with these new findings which show further evidence of harm from glyphosate. Given this year’s terrible weather during harvest, farmers are even more likely to have used roundup on cereal crops” said Peter Melchett, Soil Association Policy Director.
The paper follows the recently published French study by Professor Seralini, which reported increased levels of tumours and other health problems in rats fed on GM ‘Roundup Ready’ maize. That study’s methods were attacked by the GM industry and some other scientists, even though they were the same methods regulators require when they give pesticides the green light.
The new paper concludes that pesticide regulators should take a precautionary approach and undertake a new and transparent risk assessment – from independent sources as well as industry sponsored studies, with full public transparency.