A lawsuit filed in California alleges Monsanto is guilty of false advertising for their claims that Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup is not harmful to humans or animals because the enzyme it targets, EPSP synthase, is only found in plants and not people or pets.
The lawsuit attests that this enzyme does in fact exist in humans and animals alike, but in gut flora, the microbiota that reside in our intestinal tracts. Those are the tiny microorganisms that help us break down and absorb the nutrients of food and help us live normally.
They go on to say that when these gut flora are targeted, it can cause stomach problems, bowel issues, indigestion, ulcers, colitis, gluten intolerance, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, renal failure, liver disease, diabetes and endocrine disruptions along with other ailments.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has gone on to also list glyphosate as a Group 2A carcinogen, a chemical that is capable of causing cancer.
It should be a given that if people are to use a product, they should not only know what it contains, but how it can affect them and those around, which sometimes gets ignored in order to make a profit. In this particular case, it is asserted that even though Roundup may come across as innocuous, the ingredients it contains could lead to potential harm if not used properly.
This is a suit filed, not to eliminate Monsanto or a tool that many people depend upon, but to clearly label the chemicals used and the potential harm they can lead to if not used with proper care and protection for both animals and people.