Renewable Farming

Wildlife and human disease trends — and the herbicide connection

One of the most detailed and documented scientific studies of the link between herbicides and disease in wildlife and humans was published this week in an open-access professional journal, “Poultry, Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences.” 

The authors are Judy Hoy, Nancy Swanson and Stephanie Seneff. Swanson and Seneff have compiled in-depth demographics on links between herbicides and health over the past several years. The current paper is very explicit, including photos of disease symptoms in wildlife.

You can read the entire research report at this link.

The authors are very clear-cut in their analysis:

“Something is causing alarming increases in diseases and birth defects in wildlife. Something is causing alarming increases in diseases and birth defects in humans. Our graphs illustrating human disease patterns over the twelve-year period correlate remarkably well with the rate of glyphosate usage on corn, soy, and wheat crops.

“Glyphosate is known to chelate vital minerals [US Patent #3160632 A]. Glyphosate is an anti- microbial and biocide [US Patent #20040077608 A1]. Glyphosate has been classified as an endocrine disruptor by the Endocrine Society. Glyphosate has been classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization and by the American Cancer Society. Glyphosate interferes with the shikimate pathway, essential to healthy gut microbes. Glyphosate inhibits the CYP enzyme activity, which is vital to a healthy functioning liver.

“The strong correlations between glyphosate usage and disease patterns, the highly significant p-values and the known toxicological profile of glyphosate indicate that glyphosate is likely a major factor in the increases in the serious issues with human health documented here.

“Our over-reliance on chemicals in agriculture is causing irreparable harm to all beings on this planet, including the planet herself. Most of these chemicals are known to cause illness, and they have likely been causing illnesses for many years. But until recently, the herbicides have never been sprayed directly on food crops, and never in this massive quantity. We must find another way.”