Chronic disease linked to Glyphosate based pesticides.

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A new study has emerged which has analyzed the rate of chronic disease in the and the corresponding use in pesticides. The link the use of glyphosate to diabetes, obesity, lipoprotein disorder, Alzheimer’s, senile dementia, Parkinson’s, and autism.

The study highlights the cost associated with chronic disease such as diabetes, estimated at $116 billion dollars in 2007.Estimated costs related to obesity were $147 billion in 2008 and cardiovascular diseases and stroke were $475.3 billion in 2009. care expenditures in the US totaled 2.2 trillion dollars in 2007.

The research consisted of searching US government databases for GE crop data, glyphosate application data and disease epidemiological data. Correlation analyses were then performed on a total of 22 diseases in these time-series data sets. The Pearson correlation coefficients obtained as a result of the study are highly significant (< 10-5) between glyphosate applications and hypertension (R = 0.923), stroke (R = 0.925), diabetes prevalence (R = 0.971), diabetes incidence (R = 0.935), obesity (R = 0.962), lipoprotein disorder (R = 0.973), Alzheimer’s (R = 0.917), senile dementia (R = 0.994), Parkinson’s (R = 0.875), (R = 0.828), autism (R = 0.989), inflammatory bowel disease (R = 0.938), intestinal infections (R = 0.974), end stage renal disease (R = 0.975), acute (R = 0.978), cancers of the thyroid (R = 0.988), (R = 0.960), bladder (R = 0.981), (R = 0.918), (R = 0.973) and myeloid leukaemia (R = 0.878). The Pearson correlation coefficients are highly significant (< 10-4) between the percentage of GE corn and soy planted in the US and hypertension (R = 0.961), stroke (R = 0.983), diabetes prevalence (R = 0.983), diabetes incidence (R = 0.955), obesity (R = 0.962), lipoprotein disorder (R = 0.955), Alzheimer’s (R = 0.937), Parkinson’s (R = 0.952), (R = 0.876), hepatitis C (R = 0.946), end stage renal disease (R = 0.958), acute (R = 0.967), cancers of the thyroid (R = 0.938), (R = 0.911), bladder (R = 0.945), (R = 0.841), (R = 0.940) and myeloid leukaemia (R = 0.889).

The researchers highlight that the current pesticide testing methodologies, length of feed trials of GE crops, are insufficient to evaluate the potential adverse impact on the public.

Source

http://www.organic-systems.org/journal/92/JOS_Volume-9_Number-2_Nov_2014-Swanson-et-al.pdf

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