Ewao.com | While the World Health Organization’s declaration that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” spurred many countries, companies, and businesses of integrity to action, Sri Lanka has been aware of glyphosate’s carcinogenic properties for a while now.
And in effect, the country’s newly-elected president, Maithripala Sirisena, has announced that the main ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide,glyphosate, will no longer be allowed in the country.
According to Sirisena, a farmer and ex health minister, glyphosate is to blame for the rising rates of chronic kidney disease (CKD) throughout the Sri Lankan farming community.
And not only has the Sri Lankan president banned glyphosate herbicide (effective immediately), but stocks of already-imported Roundup will be stopped.
At present, CKD has already affected 15% of people working in the northern part of Sri Lanka, amounting to about 400,000 ill patients and a death count of about 20,000. Such numbers may be shocking, but they simply affirm the conclusion found by another study: kidney disease is five times higher in countries that are over-run with glyphosate chemicals.
It is to be noted, however, that increased rates of CKD in this area may be because farmers in these countries wear very little in the way of protection when spraying glyphosate-containing herbicides on their rice fields. Still, we don’t believe this chemical should be used at all.
If you’re still not convinced that glyphosate is more-than-likely linked with degenerative health issues, we highly recommend you watch the following (short) documentaries:“Mystery In The Fields,” and “Cycle of Death.” Both shed light on the unfortunate phenomena presently increasing in many areas of the world.
We have Sustainable Pulse to thank for the documentary suggestions.
As we mentioned above, Sri Lanka has been aware of glyphosate’s less-than-stellar contributions after two scientific studies conducted by Dr. Jayasumana illuminated their negative effects. The studies detail how drinking water from abandoned wells, where concentrations of glyphosate and metals are higher, along with spraying farms with glyphosate, increased the risk of the life-threatening CKD) by up to 5-fold.
In fact, the country already banned the sale of glyphosate herbicides in March of 2014, but the decision was overturned in May 2014 after a review. However, the newly-elected president’s decision is expected to stand.