The Ramazzini Institute in Italy is launching a crowdfunding appeal to fund a €5 million five-year study on glyphosate and Roundup. The long-term study will follow up on the results of a shorter 90-day study, which the Ramazzini Institute says showed that glyphosate and Roundup caused potentially harmful effects in rats at a very low realistic dose. This dose was equivalent to that which US regulators claim is safe for people to ingest daily. The first study also showed that glyphosate and Roundup altered key biological parameters connected with sexual development and genotoxicity as well as affecting the gut microbiome.
According to the website GM Watch.org, Dr Fiorella Belpoggi, director of the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Centre at the Ramazzini Institute announced that in their initial study revealed more evidence of potential harm from Roundup than for glyphosate in isolation. Roundup, of course, is the substance that we are all exposed to, but glyphosate in isolation is the substance that both the European Food Safety Authority and the European Chemicals Agency evaluated. It is interesting to note that unlike most experimental institutes, the Ramazzini Institute’s long-term studies do not cull test animals at a certain age but allow them to reach the end of their lifespan.
Data from the new long-term Ramazzini Institue study will cover:
* The toxicity of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The carcinogenicity of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The multi-generational effects of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The neurotoxicological effects of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The endocrine disrupting effects of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The prenatal developmental toxicity effects of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures
* The effects of glyphosate and Roundup at real-life exposures on the microbiome.
According to Dr Belpoggi the second not-for-profit crowdfunded study aims to provide the public and government regulators clear answers on the possible effects/safety of glyphosate.
To carry out the experiment, the Ramazzini Institute will be partnering with other institutions, including the University of Bologna, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, the George Washington University, and the Cancer Institute of Genoa. Previous long-term studies carried out by the Ramazzini Institute have shed light on the carcinogenic potential and led to regulatory change for many chemicals including Benzene, Aspartame, Vinyl Chloride, Mancozeb and Formaldehyde.