Dr Benedetti: Soybean Workers Suffer DNA Damage from Glyphosate | GMO EVIDENCE

 “A new peer-reviewed study has found DNA damage and elevated cell death of blood cells in soybean workers exposed to fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides in Brazil.

Glyphosate and 2,4-D were among the herbicides used by the exposed group. 2,4-D is increasingly used to combat glyphosate-resistant weeds in GM soybean fields.”

Abstract

Soybean cultivation is widespread in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (RS, Brazil), especially in the city of Espumoso. Soybean workers in this region are increasingly exposed to a wide combination of chemical agents present in formulations of fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides. In the present study, the comet assay in peripheral leukocytes and the buccal micronucleus (MN) cytome assay (BMCyt) in exfoliated buccal cells were used to assess the effects of exposures to pesticides in soybean farm workers from Espumoso. A total of 127 individuals, 81 exposed and 46 non-exposed controls, were evaluated. Comet assay and BMCyt (micronuclei and nuclear buds) data revealed DNA damage in soybean workers. Cell death was also observed (condensed chromatin, karyorhectic, and karyolitic cells). Inhibition of non-specific choline esterase (BchE) was not observed in the workers. The trace element contents of buccal samples were analyzed by Particle-Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE). Higher concentrations of Mg, Al, Si, P, S, and Cl were observed in cells from workers. No associations with use of personal protective equipment, gender, or mode of application of pesticides were observed. Our findings indicate the advisability of monitoring genetic toxicity in soybean farm workers exposed to pesticides.

Highlights

► Genotoxic and mutagenic effect of pesticides were observed in soybean farm workers. ► Cell death in blood cells was elevated in soybean workers exposed to pesticides. ► Inorganic elements were higher in cells from soybean farm workers than non-exposed group.

Read about the full study here : 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S138357181300003X

Sudbury farmer doesn’t want genetically modified alfalfa to be planted…

By Carol Mulligan, Sudbury Star

Monday, July 29, 2013 6:42:50 EDT AM

(There is a voting poll at the bottom of the article: “Do you think genetically modified alfalfa seeds should be planted.”)

“It’s a nightmare of a crop, says Lavigne farmer Dave Lewington, and he doesn’t want it anywhere near his fields.

Lewington is one of two farmers who have asked the Ontario government to conduct an environmental assessment of genetically modified alfalfa seed before it is sold in the province.

In April, Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz approved the first genetically modified alfalfa variety to be registered in Canada.

As far as Lewington knows, that seed hasn’t been planted yet, and he and many other Ontario farmers want it to stay that way.

Lewington couldn’t speak to the technical aspects of his application for an environmental assessment under the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights, referring those questions to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

But he knows what could happen if the genetically modified alfalfa seed is planted anywhere near his operation.

Lewington operates Dalew Farms, raising grass-fed beef, pastured pork and vegetables about an hour from Sudbury. His products are organic and non-genetically modified.”

Read the full article on the Sudbury Star website here :

http://www.thesudburystar.com/2013/07/29/sudbury-farmer-doesnt-want-genetically-modified-alfalfa-to-be-planted

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