What Are the Cytotoxic Properties of Glyphosate in Roundup?
The chemical glyphosate (n-(phosphonomethyl) glycine) is used as a broad-spectrum type of weed killer. It is used globally to kill unwanted plants, by disrupting the shikimic acid pathway the amino acid of a plant, preventing the binding of phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP) to the enzymes necessary for the plant to grow. In short, it kills plants dead! The problem with the use of glyphosate is that it goes into the ground and then can be found in our food, drinking water, and can affect humans through exposure to this hazardous chemical. For this reason, glyphosates are toxic and can cause cancers such as:
Glyphosates Help Produce the Best Crops, and the Worst Affected Human Cancers
We know that glyphosates are important to use for producing the best and most advantageous crop yields in our country, but these same chemicals can also make for some of the most aggressive cancers known to man. If there is occupational exposure to glyphosates and accidental exposure, the cancers that develop in the person’s body will be the same. Not only can cancers develop from glyphosates, but there can be mutagens and reproductive toxins that are associated with exposure to glyphosates as well. For this reason, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) noted in 2015 that glyphosates is most likely a carcinogenic to humans. This statement regarding glyphosates was later verified by an European Union assessment, and a joint WHO/FAO study on the topic that the chemical is highly carcinogenic to humans who are exposed to this toxin.
Herbicides Under the Roundup Name Are Associated with Glyphosate-based Chemicals
Roundup and other herbicides routinely use glyphosates in their chemical cocktail, to kill pests and weeds around cops. Other herbicide chemicals that can be used in the mix include:
These salts in the herbicide help penetration of the chemical and have a high level of hazardous side effects. Glyphosates are known to cause tumors on biological systems in the human body, can damage DNA and disrupt other bodily systems in humans.
Typical Symptoms of Glyphosate Poisoning and Exposure
If you have been exposed to glyphosates you can experience severe side effects. These side effects and interactions can include:
Eye and skin irritation
Raising of blood pressure
Genetic damage in human cells
If you have any questions on your next steps after glyphosate exposure contact Walch Law right away, and you can call us at 866-INJURY2 or 866-465-8792.