GMOs and Birth Defects in Hawaii

Good article detailing some disturbing trends occurring in Hawaii since the introduction of GMOs and its overbearing use of toxic pesticides. For those who think GMOs are safe, are they really?

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/23/hawaii-birth-defects-pesticides-gmo

Excerpt from the article:

In Kauai, chemical companies Dow, BASF, Syngenta and DuPont spray 17 times more restricted-use insecticides per acre than on ordinary cornfields in the US mainland, according to the most detailed study of the sector, by the Center for Food Safety.

Just in Kauai, 18 tons – including atrazine, paraquat (both banned in Europe) and chlorpyrifos – were applied in 2012. The World Health Organization this year announced that glyphosate, sold as Roundup, the most common of the non-restricted herbicides, is “probably carcinogenic in humans”.

…Sidney Johnson, a pediatric surgeon at the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children who oversees all children born in Hawaii with major birth defects and operates on many, says he’s been thinking about pesticides a lot lately. The reason: he’s noticed that the number of babies born here with their abdominal organs outside, a rare condition known as gastroschisis, has grown from three a year in the 1980s to about a dozen now

 

 

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