Argentina’s City of Death: Toxic Weed Killer Causing Cancer, Miscarriages

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
By Paul Martin

In the Argentine city of Monte Maíz, miscarriages and cases of cancer are registered 5 times more often than among half the world’s population. Meanwhile, its own population is estimated at just 8,500 people. Forty percent of deaths here occur due to lung cancer, and the reason for it is an herbicide called glyphosate.

“In places, where large amounts of glyphosate-treated soy are grown, all studies show alarming results. The same situation is observed in Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. Glyphosate, the herbicide used in cultivating transgenic soy is applied throughout the whole region,” Argentine pharmacist Carlos Vicente told Sputnik.

The use of glyphosate herbicides, one of the most popular in the world, is absolutely legal in South America. “Year after year its toxicity level is being proved,” said Vicente, who is also a coordinator of GRAIN, an international organization that supports biodiversity-based food systems.

“In 2009, Andres Carrasco, the Argentine researcher and the president of CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council), found out that a large concentration of this substance has a toxic effect on amphibian embryos and, consequently, on human embryos. Carrasco claimed that it might provoke various kinds of abnormalities and abortions. This is exactly what is happening now in Monte Maíz and other cities where the substance is sprayed,” Vicente said.

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