Composition[ edit ] Beyond the glyphosate salt content, commercial formulations of Roundup contain surfactants , which vary in nature and concentration. As a result, the primary and secondary effects of this herbicide are not exclusively due to the main active ingredient. Formulations intended for terrestrial use that include the surfactant polyethoxylated tallow amine POEA can be more toxic than other formulations for aquatic species. More severe cases lead to "respiratory distress, impaired consciousness, pulmonary edema , infiltration on chest X-ray, shock, arrhythmias, kidney failure requiring haemodialysis, metabolic acidosis, and hyperkalaemia" and death is often preceded by bradycardia and ventricular arrhythmias. Severe skin burns are very rare. Where skin irritation has been reported, it is unclear whether it is related to glyphosate or co-formulants in glyphosate-containing herbicide formulations.
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It is used by farmers and homeowners alike, in fields, lawns and gardens. Many studies claim that Roundup is safe and environmentally friendly.
However, other studies have linked it to serious health issues like cancer. This article takes a detailed look at Roundup and its health effects. What Is Roundup Glyphosate? Roundup is a very popular herbicide, or weed killer. It is produced by biotech giant Monsanto, and was first introduced by them in This weed killer is most commonly used in agriculture.
It is also used by the forestry industry, cities and private homeowners. The key ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, a compound with a molecular structure similar to the amino acid glycine.
Glyphosate is also used in many other herbicides. Roundup is a non-selective herbicide, meaning that it will kill most plants it comes in contact with. Its use increased massively after genetically modified, glyphosate-resistant "Roundup ready" crops were developed, such as soybeans, corn and canola 1. Glyphosate kills plants by inhibiting a metabolic pathway called the shikimate pathway.
This pathway is crucial for plants and some microorganisms, but does not exist in humans.
Is the Roundup Weed Killer (Glyphosate) Bad for You?
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