Dr. Jeff Ritterman discusses the latest research linking glyphosate, the key ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, to an epidemic of chronic kidney disease in many parts of the world.
One of the most popular herbicides used worldwide is Roundup, which is made by Monsanto. Monsanto manufactures and markets both Roundup and genetically modified seeds that are resistant to its herbicidal qualities. Farmers and even gardeners around the globe use Roundup to kill off weeds to increase their crop yield, and they also buy seeds from Monsanto that are resistant to the deleterious effects of the herbicide on plant life.
The key ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, a compound that was originally used to remove limestone scales from water heaters, boilers and other containers where hot water is stored.
According to Dr. Jeff Ritterman in this "Truthout Interviews," new research (that's still in the theoretical phase) suggests that glyphosate is responsible for the epidemic of chronic kidney disease in a number of countries. In Dr. Ritterman's piece on Truthout, "Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?" he examines the rise in fatal kidney disease among farmers in Central America, India and Sri Lanka and the political pressure the US government is putting on countries to keep using Roundup as part of trade agreements.