Answer to What is glyphosate?

It is an herbicide used to kill broadleaf plants and grasses because this will improve the production.

The first time it was used in the United States on 1974 and since then is one of the most used herbicides in the whole world.

It comes mainly as an acid and salts.

The way it kills broadleaf plants is by preventing them from producing certain proteins that are important for their growth.

Now let’s see how this herbicide can affect us.

  1. Direct contact:
    It can cause irritation in the eyes and skin.
  2. Inhalation:
    It can cause irritation in the nose and throat.
  3. In food:
    It raises saliva, causes burns in the mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

This isn’t all. As you might heard, it also produced cancer.

An EPA panel (Environmental Protection Agency) classified glyphosate as a class C carcinogen in 1985 which means that there are enough motives to think so. Although in 1991 they change it to class E saying that there were not enough evidence. Which we should agree is a little bit strange.

Another study says that glyphosate exposure could disrupt female fertility in humans and even contribute to the development of uterine cancer.

Besides getting glyphosate from natural products like wheat there’s also some traces of glyphosate in chips.

So what to do? Just find more organic options in your local market.



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