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Chow writes: "Last month, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) volunteered to take a urine test to see if glyphosate - the cancer-linked weedkiller - is in their system. Forty-eight MEPs from 13 different European Union countries participated in the test, and now the results are in."

A plane sprays crops. (photo: Flickr)
A plane sprays crops. (photo: Flickr)


Results of Glyphosate Pee Test Are In 'and It's Not Good News'

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch

12 May 16

 

ast month, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) volunteered to take a urine test to see if glyphosate—the cancer-linked weedkiller—is in their system. Forty-eight MEPs from 13 different European Union countries participated in the test, and now the results are in.

According to ELISA test results from the accredited Biocheck Laboratory in Germany: “All participants excreted glyphosate by urine.”

The experiment was spearheaded by the Green Party in the European Parliament, which wants a ban on the controversial herbicide in the European Union.

The group noted in a press release of their so-called “#MEPee” test:

On average, the MEPs had 1.7 micrograms/liter of glyphosate in their urine, 17 times higher than the European drinking water norm (0.1 microgram/litre). This means that everyone we tested was way above the limit for residues of pesticides in drinking water.

Of the 48 participants, EU-parliament members from Belgium, France and Germany made up more than 80 percent of the whole investigated participants. The test showed that EU-parliament members from Lithuania, Spain and Croatia had the highest concentrations of glyphosate. The lowest concentrations were in the urines of participants of from Italy, Finland and Ireland.

“Nevertheless all investigated EU-parliament members were glyphosate contaminated. This will show glyphosate is also in the food chain of members of the EU-parliament,” the report states.

Glyphosate, which the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared a possible carcinogen last March, is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s widely used weedkiller, Roundup. It is also found in herbicides manufactured by Syngenta and Dow.

The Greens conducted the test ahead of European Parliament’s April 13 resolution that opposed the European Union’s relicensing of glyphosate.

Despite fierce opposition from European Parliament, countries such as France, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands, and the 1.4 million people who have signed a petition calling on an EU ban, the European Commission—the executive body of the European Union—reportedly plans to relicense glyphosate for nine years.

According to the Green Party, the European Commission’s latest proposal, which will be voted on May 19, will “plough ahead with a full-fledged approval of glyphosate’s license for nine years.”

“It considers only symbolically if at all the European Parliament’s resolution calling for a very limited scope of approval. Responsibility for the protection of operators and for multiple risks is discharged onto Member States in a non-legally binding manner,” the party said. “We are pissed off that our governments want to allow this poison for another nine years! No politician should have this in his or her body, and not a single citizen either!”

Glyphosate approval in the EU expires at the end of June. The chemical has been the subject of incredible controversy in Europe especially after the European Food Safety Authority famously rejected the IARC’s classification of glyphosate as a possible carcinogen in November.

Agri-business giant Monsanto has also vehemently denied glyphosate’s health and cancer risks and demanded a retraction of the IARC report.

(photo: EcoWatch)

The Green Party’s MEPee test was inspired by a German study “Urinale 2015,” which sampled glyphosate concentrations in urine from more than 2,000 participants.

“The study found that the scale of the glyphosate problem is enormous, with detected concentrations in urine between five and 42 times over the maximum value of residues for drinking water in Europe,” the Green Party pointed out. “No less than 99.6 percent of all citizens who took part in this survey had higher residue levels. This means that virtually all citizens are contaminated with glyphosate.”

A number of other studies have detected glyphosate—the “most widely applied pesticide worldwide”—in feminine hygiene products, everyday food items and, yes, human bodies. A 2013 Friends of the Earth Europe study reported people in 18 European countries have traces of glyphosate in their urine.

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+29 # Douglas Jack 2016-05-12 23:08
We need Glyphosate out of foods, but also realize the deficit which monocrop agriculture represents on all levels of food, materials, energy & water cycle.

For 99.99% of humanity's 1 million year indigenous history, we lived in ecological-econ omic balance with nature & biosphere, tapping into enormous productivity for lives of abundance & peace. We're primate stewards of every habitable continent's Polyculture Orchards. 3-dimensional multiple level trees such as oak, butternut, diverse fruits, vines, berry bushes, herbs & vegetables are 100 times (10,000%) more productive than colonialism's 2-D 'agriculture' (L 'ager' = 'field') & nutritious as tree roots delve 10's of metres into the earth's substrate mining minerals, pumping water & developing nutrient colonies.

Polyculture Canopies photosynthesize 92 - 98% of solar energy converted into abundant food, materials, energy & water cycle, creating cold continental spots which draw warm moist ocean winds inland. Over 60% of moisture transfer is through condensation upon trillions of square kilometres of fractal leaf & bark surfaces. Rain comprises 40% of water transfer.

2-D agriculture roots descend only centimetres, leaving earth hard-packed & barren. Low plants photosynthesize 2 - 8% of solar energy with over 95% unabsorbed solar energy pushing winds from continent towards sea, creating permanent desert. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/design/1-indigenous-welcome-orchard-food-production-efficiencies
 
 
+2 # dusty64 2016-05-15 15:41
You didn't mention that these Polyculture Canopies also produce that crucial element ... OXYGEN!

We already know that Glyphosate in plant materials is also getting into cow's milk and dairy products. God forbid it can either bind with the Oxygen molecule OR be released into the atmosphere itself.

Seems like a coup!e of generations have dropped the ball environmentally . But would I trade in the advances in feminism, civil rights, and child protection for safer regulations on the meds we take and their cost, or the foods we eat and their cost? A conundrum, even tho feminism, civil rights, and child protection all stalled in their infancy.
 
 
+38 # ericlane 2016-05-13 02:30
I don't understand, this is a no brainer. If 48 out of 48 Parliamentarian s had 17 times the safe limit of glyphosate, what does that mean for the rest of us chickens? It couldn't be that Monsanto is a corporation that cares only about profits and not what it does to people or the environment?! Wait a minute. Isn't that what corporations do? Not give s sht about anything but profits? Hmm, I wonder if there is a connection. There is certainly no rational reason to keep glyphosate around. I guess it must be greed. And that is an irrational way to live. maybe, instead of profits, the first responsibility of a corporation should be changed to do no harm and pay its employees a living wage. Only after that should they be able to give investors a return. Wow, wouldn't that be a rational idea!
 
 
+36 # California Neal 2016-05-13 02:57
This is one more depressing example of a powerful corporation getting its way with politicians, despite what the people want, & despite the significant health & environmental hazards that will unquestionably follow.
 
 
+14 # Texas Aggie 2016-05-13 07:29
It isn't as if there weren't any other means to reduce weeds that are less dangerous to people's health. Many texts are out there written by actual horticulturists whose main interest is increasing crop production who have no particular interest in going "back to our roots." These texts all outline numerous ways that farmers can control weeds and pests of plants by changing their farming practices and as a bonus, they get improved tilth in their soils, increased microbial action that is correlated with increased fertility, and better water retention.

The only reason for going the chemical route is that it doesn't require any thought or planning. Commercial farming has gotten to the point that unless you really know what you're doing, you aren't going to make it commercially. It isn't your grandfather's farm anymore, and it requires a lot more knowledge than what used to be the norm. Farmers need to employ the knowledge in their planning.
 
 
+10 # AlexG 2016-05-13 19:54
Governments that are now ultra-easily bought-off by big money - whether directly, like Zimbabwe, or more-indirectly , like the USA -- can not now, and will not ever, protect citizen populations from chemical product poisonings by corporate sociopaths who, in the end, control the law-making and regulatory processes.

Historically, even the best (democratic) governments have always been vulnerable to corruptions by private wealth, but only until recently have huge corporations been technologically able to both poison billions of people PLUS simultaneously control the governments that are suppose to regulate against such scale-unprecede nted harms.
 
 
+3 # Anarchist 23 2016-05-13 22:46
Mon Satan...another overlooked but nevertheless strong contender in the Apocalypse Sweepstakes.
 
 
+8 # dusty64 2016-05-14 00:16
We need something like the Geneva Convention for Corporations: to make life-threatenin g products and procedures as unacceptable as biochemical warfare and torture, whether it be of humans or Planet Earth itself. Insanto is guilty on both counts. The US Military's Carbon footprint would be illegal. Fracking ditto. Big Pharma companies would need to adjust or be closed down.

These are only some of the issues needing to be addressed worldwide. IMO
 
 
+1 # James38 2016-05-15 14:40
Dusty64, good comment, and thanks for "Insanto". I will use that one.
 

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