There’re several Monsanto products that generate a lot of controversies so this time we’re going to review two of those that are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) that have adverse effects for our health.
Even though there’re other Monsanto products that are controversial I will leave them for other articles because I would like to focus on each one of those. For now, we’re going to see these two products that can harm our health.
These products are not directly related to our food but have found their way to our food and in that, we can see the potential danger to our health.
Polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs are a chemical used in lubricants for electric motors, hydraulic fluids and to isolate electrical equipment. Certain fluorescent lights and electrical applications with PCB capacitors still contain this chemical.
In the 1920s, Monsanto had the lead as the main producer of PCBs.
During the years in which the PCB was manufactured and used, there were no controls or guarantees on its use.
Since they’re not easy to break down they get dispersed through the environment reaching the food we consume.
In the 1970s its use was banned but 1.5 billion pounds of this product had already been distributed.
Health problems were taken into consideration since 1933 where 23 out of 24 workers —in the production plant— developed pustules, had less energy, less appetite, a loss of libido, and other skin problems.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Toxicology Program, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) have identified PCBs as a potential cause of cancer in humans.
When individuals who had high levels of PCBs in their blood or skin were studied, high levels were found in problems such as liver cancer, gallbladder cancer, melanomas, gastrointestinal cancer, bile duct cancer, brain cancer, and breast cancer.
EPA limits the ability of researchers to analyze this chemical component as a carcinogen because it is a possible carcinogen and cannot be given to humans. Although they test it with animals and it’s quite clear that this compound is carcinogenic.
- Babies are born with neurological retardation and motor control delays, a lower IQ, poor memory and poor performance on behavioral tests.
- Sexual hormonal disorders that can cause a reduction of menstrual cycles, reduction in sperm count and premature puberty.
- Imbalance of the thyroid affecting growth, intellectual development, and behavior development.
- Effects on the immune system that in children is reflected as a predisposition to have ear infections and chicken pox.
The most serious part is that PCBs are absorbed by our body and are deposited in the fatty tissue. In this way, they’re not disintegrated or expelled.
At the University of California, it was shown that PCBs were even found in the blood of pregnant women. Before birth, the umbilical cord provides 300 quarts of blood to the baby which implies that the baby is also contaminated.
Years ago, scientists thought that the placenta was like a protective shield for the developing baby but it turns out that contaminants and chemicals can still get to the baby.
The umbilical cord is a lifeline between the mother and her baby. Therefore, when the umbilical cord blood was studied, 200 to 280 different chemicals were found, among which 180 were recognized carcinogens and 217 were toxic.
Butyl Benzyl Phthalate
Butyl Benzyl Phthalate (BBP) is also manufactured by Monsanto and is recently involved in the storage of cellular fat.
Fast foods such as hamburgers and pizzas can increase you phthalate consumption. Although, the danger is not in the food itself but in the products that are used to handle it.
Potentially, BBP can negatively affect the reproductive function, harm kidneys, liver, and pancreas. It also increases the risk of respiratory disorders.
I will be publishing other Monsanto products that require more extensive analysis because they produce a huge controversy.
For now, I recommend you to be very careful with your products and derivatives because many of these have a bad reputation. It’s better to prevent than having to pay the price for this negligence.
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