Pat Thomas reports on animal sentinels in a toxic world
EXCERPT: One toxic connection that links people, pets, and farm animals is exposure to the herbicide Roundup produced by Monsanto (now Bayer).
Our pets (and other animals) at risk from glyphosate
GMOScience, March 4, 2020
* Pat Thomas reports on animal sentinels in a toxic world
* The once-rare blood cancer lymphoma is now common in humans but also in animals, with dogs, cats, and even cattle being affected.
* Lymphoma incidence in humans steadily rose during the 20th century, and though recent years have seen a slight decline in overall incidence, some subtypes continued to increase sharply in the 21st century.
* Today in the US, the most common type of lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is the seventh most common cancer in both men and women.
* Genetics alone cannot account for such a rapid rise; environmental factors must be a major factor.
* A 2012 study found that the use of lawn care pesticides raised the risk of lymphoma in dogs by 70%.
* In the early years of the 21st century, rates of lymphoma in beef cattle rose sharply, coinciding with a rise in the use of genetically modified (GM) glyphosate-tolerant crops in animal feed.
* More than 40,000 people have filed lawsuits alleging exposure to Roundup herbicide (the active ingredient of which is glyphosate) is the cause of their non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
* Pet owners are recommended to keep their animals away from herbicide-sprayed areas and to switch them to an organic diet – safety measures that also make sense for humans.
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