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Researchers from the School of Exact Sciences of the National University of La Plata warn that glyphosate residues, a dangerous herbicide with carcinogenic potential, are present, in different concentrations, in the rain that falls in the center of our city, on cotton, gauzes, fish, in the Buenos Aires lagoons, in different foods that we consume, in our entire environmental system.
According to a study from the University, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, was found in 85% of tampons.
According to research conducted in 2015, and nothing has changed since then, 62% of the samples also tested positive for AMPA (or aminomethylphosphonic acid), a derivative of glyphosate.
The analysis was performed on samples of gauze, swabs, wipes, and feminine care products, such as tampons and sanitary napkins, and were purchased in local supermarkets and pharmacies in the La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina area.
Damián Marino, scientist at the Center for Environmental Research (CIM), a UNLP-Conicet double dependency organism, remarked: “glyphosate is a very small molecule that has the function of being a general herbicide because it does not discriminate, but kills everything anything that is green except for a genetically modified organism such as soybeans, corn or cotton. Over time, some species after 20 years of the use of this compound began to become resistant, which is why the amount of the chemical per hectare had to be increased ”.
In that study, Marino explained that “85 percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze, the figure was 10% ".
The CIM also showed that glyphosate is in the cotton that we have in a home medicine cabinet and in the gauze that is used in hospitals; They are sterilized products, but they are contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate, a carcinogenic substance.
Most of the cotton consumed in Argentina is genetically modified and resistant to glyphosate. This is fumigated when the cocoon is open and the glyphosate condenses and remains directly on the product, considering that cotton is highly absorbent.
Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Roundup, from biotech giant Monsanto, now under Bayer; the most popular herbicide in the United States and in dozens of countries around the world.
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