Monsanto’s has been increasingly plagued with bad news. Now comes a real shocker – GMO cotton which is used in such products as female tampons and supposedly sterile gauze contains alarming levels of the pesticide glyphosate, which the World Health Organization has declared as “probably carcinogenic.”
A study out of Argentina highlighted the disturbing discovery. Dr. Damian Marino, of University of La Plata told the Telam agency, “85 percent of all tampon samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and gauze the figure was 100 percent.”
“In terms of concentrations, what we saw is that raw cotton what dominates is the AMPA (39 mg / kg and 13 mg / kg of glyphosate), while the gauze is absent AMPA, but glyphosate whose concentration is 17 mg / kg, “said Marino.
“The result of this research is very serious,” said pediatrician Vazquez Medardo Avila, Network Peoples Medical. “Most of the cotton production in the country is resistant transgenic glyphosate is sprayed when the cocoon is open, glyphosate is then condensed and passes directly to the product. You use cotton or gauze to heal wounds or personal use (hygienic), thinking they are sterilized products, and results show they are contaminated with a carcinogenic substance.”
Most tampon brands in Argentina are imported and include American brands like OB and Kotex. Samples were taken from local stores for the study.
An estimated 94 percent of the cotton in the U.S. is genetically modified according to the USDA, and likely contains a considerable amount of glyphosate as the Argentinian study demonstrated.
In July another study found glyphosate in the urine of 90% of the inhabitants of Buenos Aires district of General Pueyrredón, including the residents of Mar del Plata. “We did a test with urine samples from people living in urban areas and others are in rural areas, thinking that we would find different results and that did not happen: the two populations had glyphosate or its metabolite, ie what is generated in the body when the glyphosate is metabolized,” said Silvana Buján of the Bios Civil Association, the author of the study.
What caught the attention of researchers is that none of the citizens who participated in the study had had direct contact with glyphosate. “This outcome was a revelation to us, we began to research and what we found is that most of our processed foods contain some soy eitherlecithin, flour or protein.”
Bios had previously conducted a survey in 2013 of glyphosate in water and soil and in blood. “What we showed with this research was that the pesticides do not ‘disappear’ after they are applied. Some break down into metabolites that persist in the human body.”
Since the late 1990s, US farmers had widely adopted GM cotton engineered to tolerate the herbicide glyphosate, which is marketed as Roundup by Monsanto. Twenty-four glyphosate-resistant weed species have been identified since Roundup-tolerant crops were introduced in 1996. Glyphosate-resistant weeds have now been found in 18 countries worldwide.
According to a 2103 Nature magazine article: “Farmers have dealt with the proliferation of resistant weeds by using more glyphosate, supplementing it with other herbicides and ploughing. A study by David Mortensen, a plant ecologist at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, predicts that total herbicide use in the United States will rise from around 1.5 kilograms per hectare in 2013 to more than 3.5 kilograms per hectare in 2025 as a direct result of GM crop use.”