Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Dramatically Increases Autism Risk, MIT Scientists Say

At a recent conference, MIT researcher Stephanie Seneff, PhD came to a startling conclusion. In a panel discussion about GMOs she said, “At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic,” because of the dramatically increased use of Roundup, Monsanto's number one selling glyphosate-based herbicide.

Seneff contends that the side effects of autism mimic those of glyphosate toxicity. Glyphosate is the controversial main ingredient found in Roundup. There’s a close correlation between the use of Roundup and Roundup-Ready GMO seeds and rising rates of autism. And children with autism have similar biomarkers including zinc and iron deficiencies, seizures, and mitochondrial disorders.

Read more about the scary effects of Roundup exposure

Another recent study
found that pregnant women living close to farms where pesticides were sprayed had a two-thirds higher risk of having children with autism.

While Monsanto claims that Roundup is harmless to humans, Seneff strongly disagrees. According to the Alliance for Natural Health:

Roundup thus kills beneficial gut bacteria, allowing pathogens to grow; interferes with the synthesis of amino acids including methionine, which leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate; chelates (removes) important minerals like iron, cobalt and manganese; and much more.

Even worse, she
[Seneff] notes, additional chemicals in Roundup are untested because they’re classified as “inert,” yet according to a 2014 study in BioMed Research International, these chemicals are capable of amplifying the toxic effects of Roundup hundreds of times over.

What’s worse, foods with Roundup residue are everywhere because they’re so closely aligned with the use of GMOs. The majority of soy and corn grown in the U.S. are genetically modified and these ingredients go into most processed foods from soda and cookies to ketchup and chips. The only way to completely avoid them is to buy organic as much as possible and to eat whole foods rather than processed. Today’s food system is so overrun with GMOs that it takes a keen eye to avoid them but passage of GMO labeling laws could make it that much easier on consumers.

Read more about GMOs and lies about GMO labeling

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By Sara Novak| January 05, 2015
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Sara Novak

Sara Novak

Sara Novak specializes in health and food policy writing for Discovery Health. Her work has also been featured on TreeHugger,, TLC Cooking, and Animal Planet. After graduating from the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, Sara headed up the communication efforts for a national scholarship program in Washington, D.C. Sara has also handled copy writing and public relations for a global environmental consulting firm. She loves fiddling with healthful recipes, traveling, and exploring life atop her yoga mat. Today, Sara lives in Charleston with her husband and two lovable cocker spaniels, Madison and Bella.

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