There are many herbicides used around the world to incite growth in the crops. Among them is this popular herbicide known as Glyphosphate which has been related to causing cancer by the World’s Health Organization’s cancer research arm. It was discovered that even 85% of all cotton hygiene products tested in a preliminary study from researchers at The University of La Plata in Argentina has this herbicide in their content. The tested samples included cotton swabs, gauze, wipes and feminine care products.
According to Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s head researcher: “85 percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100 percent.”
Furthermore, 62% of the tested products turn out positive for AMPA or otherwise known as “aminomethylphosphonic acid” which is a deritive of Glyphosphate.
These astonishing results were revealed at The Third National Congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns, in Buenos Aires.
Regarding this matter Dr. Marino states, quoting:
“In terms of concentrations, what we saw is that in raw cotton AMPA dominates (39 parts per billion, or PPB, and 13 PPB of glyphosate), while the gauze is absent of AMPA, but contained glyphosate at 17 PPB.”
This is really unbelievable, especially when you use these products you think of them as sterilized and for that matter you treat wounds or use it for some other hygiene issues, and in fact they are contaminated with some kind of carcinogenic substance. Unfortunately, most of the cotton products are GM (genetically modified) resistant to glyphosate. This herbicide is sprayed when the bud is open and then the glyphosate is condensed and goes directly into the product.
Moreover, glyphosphate is one of the key ingredients of RoundUp, a popular weed killer. This harmful substance is manufactured by no one but by bio tech giant Monsanto, which according to the U.S Geological Survey farmers sprayed 2.6 billion pounds of it over U.S Agricultural land in period of time starting from1992 till 2012.
Here below is a graph from the U.S. Department of Agriculture presenting the upward direction on the country’s adoption of genetically modified corn, soybean, and cotton.
However, this is not a recent issue, but it has been neglected for some period of time. The popular chemical make-up of products, specifically the feminine care products, have been neglected for a quite a long period of time. This is an existing problem that has to be accounted for, namely a 2013 report by Women’s Voices for the Earth showed that feminine care industry sells products are containing unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals, such as fragrances, preservatives, pesticides, and dyes.