Scientific and political debate has continued for many years over the public health, environmental, and socioeconomic consequences of GM soy cultivation in producer countries. More recently, concerns expanded to include potential risks to animal and human health posed by glyphosate residues in the animal feed and human food chain. Residues of up to 17 mg/kg of glyphosate have been found in harvested soybean crops. Much of this soy is the genetically modified (GM) Roundup Ready® variety, which is engineered to tolerate applications of glyphosate herbicide.
Recent studies have confirmed a high risk of dose dependent heart, kidney and skeletal malformations upon maternal exposure to the glyphosate herbicide. As there are currently no mandatory regulatory guidelines for genetic labeling in the US, pregnant women have no way of protecting their babies from maternal exposure, substantially increasing the risk for heart, kidney, skeletal and lung malformation.
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