Are You Roundup Ready? High Levels of Glyphosate in City Folks' Urine, and More Bad Monsanto News

A new study from the Ithika Journal of Ecology has found significant concentrations (5 to 20 times the limit for drinking water) of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, in the urine of city dwellers. Glyphosate is linked to birth defects, endocrine disruption, cancerand abnormal sperm. Studies have also discovered traces of it in our blood and found that it even crosses the placental barrier to enter unborn fetuses.

Roundup has a variety of uses, but is primarily applied to genetically engineered "Roundup Ready" crops, which are bred to withstand its application. Not surprisingly, the ubiquitous – and toxic – herbicide is present in groundwater, streams, precipitation and even in the air in US agricultural areas, but is used far less frequently (mostly for sidewalk weed removal) in urban areas, so the results of the study are cause for concern.

City folk peeing glyphosate isn’t the only news that’s garnered Monsanto headlines recently. Here’s a “roundup” (ouch) of important Monsanto and GMO news:

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