Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT

scorched earthTake it however you want, the numbers are alarming.

December 23, 2014

Close up of tractor spraying pesticides on cropWhy? Evidence points to glyphosate toxicity from the overuse of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on our food.

For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has researched biology and technology, over the years publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles. In recent years she has concentrated on the relationship between nutrition and health, tackling such topics as Alzheimer’s, autism, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.

At a conference last Thursday, in a special panel discussion about GMOs, she took the audience by surprise when she declared, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic.” She noted that the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity, and presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism. Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder.

A fellow panelist reported that after Dr. Seneff’s presentation, “All of the 70 or so people in attendance were squirming, likely because they now had serious misgivings about serving their kids, or themselves, anything with corn or soy, which are nearly all genetically modified and thus tainted with Roundup and its glyphosate.”

Dr. Seneff noted the ubiquity of glyphosate’s use. Because it is used on corn and soy, all soft drinks and candies sweetened with corn syrup and all chips and cereals that contain soy fillers have small amounts of glyphosate in them, as do our beef and poultry since cattle and chicken are fed GMO corn or soy. Wheat is often sprayed with Roundup just prior to being harvested, which means that all non-organic bread and wheat products would also be sources of glyphosate toxicity. The amount of glyphosate in each product may not be large, but the cumulative effect (especially with as much processed food as Americans eat) could be devastating. A recent study shows that pregnant women living near farms where pesticides are applied have a 60% increased risk of children having an autism spectrum disorder.

Other toxic substances may also be autism-inducing. You may recall our story on the CDC whistleblower who revealed the government’s deliberate concealment of the link between the MMR vaccine (for measles, mumps, and rubella) and a sharply increased risk of autism, particularly in African American boys. Other studies now show a link between children’s exposure to pesticides and autism. Children who live in homes with vinyl floors, which can emit phthalate chemicals, are more likely to have autism. Children whose mothers smoked were also twice as likely to have autism. Research now acknowledges that environmental contaminants such as PCBs, PBDEs, and mercury can alter brain neuron functioning even before a child is born.

This month, the USDA released a study finding that although there were detectable levels of pesticide residue in more than half of food tested by the agency, 99% of samples taken were found to be within levels the government deems safe, and 40% were found to have no detectable trace of pesticides at all. The USDA added, however, that due to “cost concerns,” it did not test for residues of glyphosate. Let’s repeat that: they never tested for the active ingredient in the most widely used herbicide in the world. “Cost concerns”? How absurd—unless they mean it will cost them too much in terms of the special relationship between the USDA and Monsanto. You may recall the revolving door between Monsanto and the federal government, with agency officials becoming high-paying executives—and vice versa! Money, power, prestige: it’s all there. Monsanto and the USDA love to scratch each others’ backs. Clearly this omission was purposeful.

In addition, as we have previously reported, the number of adverse reactions from vaccines can be correlated as well with autism, though Seneff says it doesn’t correlate quite as closely as with Roundup. The same correlations between applications of glyphosate and autism show up in deaths from senility.

Of course, autism is a complex problem with many potential causes. Dr. Seneff’s data, however, is particularly important considering how close the correlation is—and because it is coming from a scientist with impeccable credentials. Earlier this year, she spoke at the Autism One conference and presented many of the same facts; that presentation is available on YouTube.

Monsanto claims that Roundup is harmless to humans. Bacteria, fungi, algae, parasites, and plants use a seven-step metabolic route known as the shikimate pathway for the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids; glyphosate inhibits this pathway, causing the plant to die, which is why it’s so effective as an herbicide. Monsanto says humans don’t have this shikimate pathway, so it’s perfectly safe.

Dr. Seneff points out, however, that our gut bacteria do have this pathway, and that’s crucial because these bacteria supply our body with crucial amino acids. Roundup thus kills beneficial gut bacteria, allowing pathogens to grow; interferes with the synthesis of amino acids including methionine, which leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate; chelates (removes) important minerals like iron, cobalt and manganese; and much more.

Even worse, she notes, additional chemicals in Roundup are untested because they’re classified as “inert,” yet according to a 2014 study in BioMed Research International, these chemicals are capable of amplifying the toxic effects of Roundup hundreds of times over.

Glyphosate is present in unusually high quantities in the breast milk of American mothers, at anywhere from 760 to 1,600 times the allowable limits in European drinking water. Urine testing shows Americans have ten times the glyphosate accumulation as Europeans.

“In my view, the situation is almost beyond repair,” Dr. Seneff said after her presentation. “We need to do something drastic.”

– See more at: http://www.anh-usa.org/half-of-all-children-will-be-autistic-by-2025-warns-senior-research-scientist-at-mit/#sthash.HpWxRpb2.dpuf

Monsanto’s Roundup Linked to Human Infertility and to Decline Of Monarch Butterfly, Now Being Found In 100% Of Urine Samples

GMOfieldstorm1 220x141 Monsantos Roundup Shown to be Ravaging Butterfly Population

Tests of office workers in Germany show high levels of roundup in 100% of urine samples!

Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to be Ravaging Butterfly Population

Monsanto’s Roundup, containing the active ingredient glyphosate, has been tied to more health and environmental problems than you could imagine. Similar to how pesticides have been contributing to the bee decline, Monsanto’s Roundup has been tied to the decrease in the population of monarch butterfliesby killing the very plants that the butterflies rely on for habitat and food. What’s been shown to be an even greater threat to the population, though, is Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn and soybeans.

Roundup Ready Crops and Glyphosate Leading to Downfall of Insect Populations

A 2011 study published in the journal Insect Conservation and Diversity found that increasing acreage of genetically modified Roundup Ready corn and soybeans is heavily contributing to the decline in monarch butterfly populations within North America. Milkweed, a plant butterflies rely on for habitat and food, is being destroyed by the heavy use of glyphosate-based pesticides and Roundup Ready crops. Over the past 17 years, the monarch butterfly population in central Mexico has declined, reaching an all-time low in 2009-2010.

“This milkweed has disappeared from at least 100 million acres of these row crops,” said Dr. Taylor, an insect ecologist at the University of Kansas and director of the research and conservation program Monarch Watch. “Your milkweed is virtually gone…this [glyphosate use on RR crops] is the one main factor that has happened…you look at parts of the Midwest where there is a tremendous use of these crops and you see monarch populations dropping. It’s hard to deny the conclusion.”

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-roundup-shown-to-be-ravaging-butterfly-population/#ixzz1oSkqj2SC

A new study has found that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide may be responsible for causing infertility. After reviewing the many already well-documented negative impacts Roundup has on the environment and living creatures, it is no surprise to add yet another item to the list.

Researchers tested roundup on mature male rats at a concentration range between 1 and 10,000 parts per million (ppm), and found that within 1 to 48 hours of exposure, testicular cells of the mature rats were either damaged or killedAccording to the study, even at a concentration of 1 ppm, the Roundup was able to affect the test subjects by decreasing their testosterone concentrations by as much as 35%.

How can such small levels of exposure have such a profound effect on the reproductive system? Roundup, being a glyphosate-based herbicide is also known to have endocrine disrupting properties.

Monsanto’s Best-Selling Herbicide Roundup Linked to Infertility

Much like BPA, glyphosate-based herbicides have the ability to interfere with the natural hormonal balance in the human body, thereby introducing a number of health risks along with even the smallest levels of exposure. These chemicals are strong enough to affect your metabolism, behavior and mood, reproductive organs, and even provoke cancer.

As a result, any plants that are sprayed with roundup carry with them a chemical effect similar to that of other endocrine disruptors, offsetting the hormonal balance and causing adverse effects, despite even the smallest levels of exposure. This in part contributes to the number of males with increased fertility issues in more recent times.

It is no surprise that Monsanto, a company already infamous for a whole slew of dangerous concoctions, would also be responsible for affecting another major aspect of human health on a large scale.

Ultimately it is highly important to avoid any products sprayed with pesticides or herbicides for the many associated health risks – now fertility included. In addition to avoiding food which has been tarnished by this pesticide, you may also want to consider investing in a water filter. The carcinogenic chemical Roundup contains known as glyphosate has been found to be contaminating the groundwater in areas it is being applied in.

Being aware of the hormonal disruptors you face in your daily life such as BPA and now Roundup is a must. Even the smallest levels of exposure can have the large negative effects.

Explore More:

  1. Monsanto’s Infertility-Linked Roundup Found in All Urine Samples Tested
  2. Monsanto’s Carcinogenic Roundup Herbicide Contaminating Water Supply
  3. USDA: Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Damages Soil
  4. World’s Top Commercial Weed Killer Linked to Infertility: Scientist
  5. Monsanto’s Roundup Shown to be Ravaging Butterfly Population
  6. Exposure to this Chemical is Linked to Birth Defects

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/monsantos-best-selling-herbicide-roundup-linked-to-infertility/#ixzz1oSWdKpu4

Willie Nelson Says “Occupy The Food System”

I’m with Willie. Monsanto has busily endeavored to monopolize seed production worldwide. Their success in India has been linked to over half a million farmer suicides by activists such as Vandana Shiva. GMO corn has ruined seed banks that had been saved for centuries. Watch Food, Inc” or “The Future Of Food ” and educate yourself!

This is the same Monsanto that recently formed an agreement with Dow chemicals to use Dow’s 2 4 D to clean up the superweeds that have developed resistance to their herbicide, “Roundup” —– and a mixture of the two will now be sprayed onto the nation’s breadbasket. Chemical cocktail? anyone? — if you are not interested in consuming such, better grow your own food. dh

Monsanto Reaches ‘Agent Orange’ Settlement With US Victims

Residents living near a now defunct Monsanto plant in Nitro, West Virginia demand cleanup of toxic legacy

Reports indicate that Monsanto has reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by US residents who say they were poisoned by chemicals used in the manufacturing of the Agent Orange in their town of Nitro, West Virginia.  “Poisoned South Asians Don’t Exist” however, in Monsanto’s world view!

According to world-renowned scientist and writer, Sandra Steingraber, there are at least 80,000 toxic chemicals on the market in the United States, and between 4-8.000 of these are carcinogenic. “Today, more than 40 percent of us (38.3 percent of women and 48.2 percent of men) will contract the disease [cancer] in our lifespan. Cancer is now the second leading cause of death overall, and, among adult Americans younger than 85, it is the number one killer—beating out stroke and heart disease.”7

The chemical manufacturers of Agent Orange continue to deny that there’s any valid scientific evidence to support the view that dioxin harms human beings. It’s hard to imagine that their scientists are unaware that every known human carcinogen causes cancer in animals, and that nearly everything that causes birth defects in humans also causes birth defects in animals. The chemical companies must know that after injuries and violence, cancer is the number one killer of American children, and that the world scientific community considers dioxin a carcinogen.

Three million Vietnamese people, including 500,000 children, are suffering from the tragic legacies of chemical warfare. In Vietnam, a third and even fourth generation of Agent Orange babies have been born, and no one really knows when this calamity might end. Far too many US veterans are reaching their late fifties and early sixties, only to become ill and die from the effects of long-term exposure to dioxin in Southeast Asia. We are losing our friends and neighbors, our husbands and wives and children to cancer. This epidemic will continue until we demand that multinational corporations stop dumping toxic chemicals into our air, water, and food supplies.

We are the Vietnamese; they are us. We ignore their suffering at our own peril.

Fred A. Wilcox is the author most recently of Scorched Earth: Legacies of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam with an introduction by Noam Chomsky. His other works include Waiting For an Army To Die: The Tragedy of Agent Orange, Fighting the Lamb’s War: The Autobiography of Philip BerriganDisciples & Dissidents: Prison Writings of the Prince of Peace Plowshares, Uncommon Martyrs: How the Berrigans and Others Are Turning Swords into Plowshares, and Chasing Shadows: Memoirs of a Sixties Survivor. He is an associate professor in the writing department at Ithaca College.

Recommended citation: Fred A. Wilcox, ‘Dead Forests, Dying People: Agent Orange & Chemical Warfare in Vietnam,’ The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 50 No 3, December 12, 2011.

The Guardian reports:

The long-running suit was brought by residents living near a now defunct Monsanto plant in Nitro, West Virginia that between 1949 and 1971 produced the agricultural herbicide 2,4,5 trichlorophenoxyacidic acid, a key ingredient in Agent Orange. […]

The suit – filed on behalf of tens of thousands of people who lived, worked and went to school in Nitro after 1949 – claims that Monsanto spread toxic substances including dioxins, which have been linked to cancer, all over the town.

The plaintiffs say they were exposed to levels of dioxins 100,000 times higher than acceptable levels. “Dioxin is a known human carcinogen and is so hazardous to human health that no “safe” level of exposure has been established,” the suit claims.

It demands ongoing testing for at least 5,000 people who may have been affected by exposure to hazardous chemicals.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the judge in the case, Judge Derek Swope, had raised some questions about the agreement including concerns the man Monsanto suggested administer the medical monitoring program is a former defense expert for the company.

The Charleston Gazette adds:

If a settlement is not agreed upon on Friday, a more extensive jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday, Swope said. Six jurors and six alternates would have to be selected out of the 28-person jury pool.

Mediation efforts last October and December failed to produce a settlement.

Swope warned lawyers on Thursday that a gag order, preventing lawyers from talking with the press about the case, is still being strictly enforced. The judge sealed all documents pertaining to the proposed settlement. He would not talk to a reporter after Thursday’s hearing.

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Posted by tj
Feb 24 2012 – 1:19pm
Great Good Luck to the Plaintiffs. Of course there is no mention of the millions of Southeast Asians who were poisoned. There never is. The don’t exist. It was all a dream. Also, here’s hoping there will posthumous compensation for the families of those who died from the poisoning. Or can Monsanto genetically engineer their way out of this?
Posted by braithwa842
Feb 24 2012 – 6:40pm
“Of course there is no mention of the millions of Southeast Asians who were poisoned.”The USA cant afford that compensation. It would probably break the USA financially. Also, if the Vietnamese victims of agent orange were ever compensated, then the next claim would be the Iraqi victims of DU poisoning. If the USA ever had to pay for what they have done, it would financially break them.Similarly, no amount of punishment could redress the injustices by the neocons and zionists who fomented the war on Iraq.
Posted by vdb
Feb 24 2012 – 2:33pm
death merchants.
Posted by PaulK
Feb 24 2012 – 2:45pm
Now, if you can imagine Agent Orange ready genetically modified crops from Monsanto? These guys need a sign on their backs saying “sue me”!Once I met a Vietnam vet. He was the last of his unit still alive, and he wasn’t healthy himself. His unit handled Agent Orange.
Posted by Stiv
Feb 24 2012 – 3:55pm
There is no settlement. This process is NOT justice. Another slap on the wrist for Monsanto. Got it yet?
Posted by iwonder
Feb 24 2012 – 4:22pm
Settlements with no admission of guilt, gag orders, lack of standing, jurisdiction, and all the lawyer BS these courts use to cover up the crimes of their corporate buddies are just the tip of the iceberg. The courts now are almost totally (98%) owned by their corporate masters. Installation of the Corporate Fascist State is almost complete and the only court that has any chance of holding them responsible for their massive crimes would be what the French called the Revolutionary Tribunal. Off with their heads and the black robes to!
Posted by jimmytwoshoes
Feb 24 2012 – 4:56pm
It was a while ago, but I was awarded a 100% disability on the Agent Orange Payment Program for troops who served in Vietnam. Now remember, I was paid the highest a Soldier, Marine, Airman, or Sailor could get. I believe I received three payments of $1680.00. Of course the lawyers who filed the lawsuit made many millions of dollars. I bet the same thing happens here.
Posted by CeeCee
Feb 24 2012 – 6:10pm
If ever a more worthy corporate candidate, “corporations are people, my friend,” to be the first to get the death penalty. Confiscation of its literally ill-gotten gains to re-distributed to all their victims globally seems fair. Forget the prospective lives saved by “vaginal management,” just think of all the human lives, and lives of other living creatures safe from Monsanto’s total disregard for anything they can’t bank.
Posted by margbb
Feb 24 2012 – 6:12pm
We go after tobacco companies but a company that specializes in toxic fertilizers and deforestation is allowed to be licensed to enter the domain of controlling and creating our food production. Please explain this to me. Why aren’t taxpayers demanding their dollar rights accorded to these and other corporations. They have manipulated the courts, governments and private property rights of every country and person they see as threatening their profit squeeze. Who would have imagine one company able to rule legally over property and constitutional rights of citizens at will.
Posted by Donkey Hote
Feb 24 2012 – 6:14pm
This is the same Monsanto that recently formed an agreement with Dow chemicals to use Dow’s 2 4 D to clean up the superweeds that have developed resistance to their herbicide, “Roundup” —– and a mixture of the two will now be sprayed onto the nation’s breadbasket. Chemical cocktail? anyone? — if you are not interested in consuming such, better grow your own food. dh