HUMAN HEALTH IMPLICATIONS OF GLYPHOSATE (“ROUND-UP ”) USE. – Tim Veater BBC World Service, Assignment 14 May 2014 Last updated at 01:21 Are pesticides linked to health problems in Argentina? By Linda Pressly
“Could pesticides – their use and abuse – increase levels of cancer and birth defects? It is a question asked across the vast belt of Argentina where GM crops are grown. In Chaco, the Minister of Public Health wants an independent commission to investigate a growing health crisis.”
Carlos lives near Avia Terai, and says agrochemicals are sprayed close to his home, contravening local laws.
“If the wind changes the agrochemicals come into the house. My uncle just died of cancer. My wife too passed away from cancer. Now many, many people are dying of cancer – it didn’t used to be like that,” he says.
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Or catch up on BBC iPlayer Cancer is becoming more common everywhere. Could Carlos’s experience just be part of life in the modern world? He doesn’t think so.
“In my opinion, this has to do with the poison they put on the fields.”
“We want someone to come in from outside and carry out an exhaustive analysis of all these cases. As a doctor, as a minister and as a Chaqueno, I’m concerned young women are having recurrent miscarriages, that children are born with deformities, that there are many examples of cancer. But we also have many cases in areas where they don’t use agrochemicals. So we must treat this with scientific rigour – that’s what we’re doing this year.”
(Dr Andres Carrasco spoke to the BBC in Buenos Aires – his death was announced in Argentina on Saturday 10 May 2014).
Contrast this with just one advertisement for the product as here:
“Welcome to the home of weedkilling
Roundup is the weedkiller the professionals use. Utilising the same advanced technology developed by its agricultural counterpart, Roundup has been specially formulated to kill weeds right down to the root.
So, with Roundup Weed Killer, gardeners know that, once the weed’s gone, it’s gone for good.”
Note the “medium” and “message” of the advertisement. “It’s gone for good.” All dangers and adverse implications are eliminated. This poison is presented only as a “GOOD”. It is an example of how the attitude of the consumer is surreptitiously influenced to ever more dependence on oil by-products, that have a poisoning effect on the earth and all it’s living systems – including humans themselves. END.