Glyphosate, a herbicide widely popular which has been linked to cancer by the research arm of the World Health Organization cancer was detected in 85 percent of hygiene products cotton tested in a preliminary study by researchers at the University La Plata, Argentina.
Sixty-two percent of the samples also tested positive for AMPA (or aminomethylphosphonic), a derivative of glyphosate.
Following Revolution News, samples which include gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary pads, were purchased from local supermarkets and pharmacies in the area of La Silver.
The findings were presented last week at the third National Congress of Peoples Medical fumigated in Buenos Aires.
“Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for the AMPA, which is the metabolite of the environment, but in the case of cotton and gauze sterile cotton the figure was 100 percent, “Dr. Damian Marino, principal investigator of the study, told the news agency theTélam (via RT.com). An English translation of the Telam report can be read here.
“In terms of concentrations, what we saw is that dominates raw cotton AMPA (39 parts per billion, or FP, and 13 ppb glyphosate), while the gauze is absent AMPA, but containing glyphosate at 17 PPB, “said Dr. Marino.
Dr. Medardo Ávila Vazquez, president of the congress, said (via RT.com) that the results of this research is “very serious when cotton or gauze used to heal wounds or for uses personal hygiene, thinking they are sterilized products, and the results show that they are contaminated with probably carcinogenic substance.
“most cotton production in the country is GM [genetically modified] cotton that is resistant glyphosate. Is sprayed when the fruit is open and glyphosate condenses and goes directly into the product. “
Glyphosate is the key biotechnology giantMonsanto Roundup ingredient, the most popular herbicide in cotton crops, soybean and corn from the United States “Roundup Ready” have been genetically modified to resist the herbicide application.
Indeed, farmers sprayed 2 6 billion pounds of glyphosate Monsanto agricultural land in the US between 1992 and 2012, according to the US Geological Survey ..
in 2015, the Department of Agriculture US he found that the adoption of modified varieties genéticamente-, including those with herbicide tolerance, insect resistance or stacked traits, accounted for 94 percent of the cotton acreage in the nation.
the following graph US Secretary of Agriculture It indicates an upward trend in the adoption of soybeans, corn and cotton genetically modified country.
Monsanto maintains the security of your product, referring to approval of the Environmental Protection Agency US, which “classifies carcinogenic potential of glyphosate in category E ‘. evidencing lack of carcinogenicity to humans’ “
Monsanto is also demanding a retraction of the classification of glyphosate as a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
This is not the first time that the chemical composition of products for feminine care has been put under the lens. A 2013 report by the voices of Women for World details how the industry sells feminine care products containing unregulated and potentially harmful, including preservatives, pesticides, dyes, fragrances and chemicals.