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Pesticide formulations are 1000 times more toxic than active ingredients, according to new Seralini study

Posted: January 31, 2014 |   Comments

( Professor G.E. Seralini recently released a new study in which he and other researchers examine the actual toxicity of pesticide formulas, rather than just the toxicity of what their manufacturers claim is the active ingredient. The results call into question how acceptable daily intakes are measured, claiming that the adjuvants in pesticides can drastically amplify the toxicity of active ingredients.

"Adjuvants in pesticides are generally declared as inerts, and for this reason they are not tested in long-term regulatory experiments. It is thus very surprising that they amplify up to 1000 times the toxicity of their active principle in 100% of the cases where they are indicated to be present by the manufacturer," said the study.

The researchers tested the toxicity of the active ingredients and formulations of nine common pesticides on three human cell lines. They found that, out of those tested, "Roundup was by far the most toxic." They also found eight out of nine of the formulations "were several hundred times more toxic than their active principle."

The inconsistency between the actual toxicity of these poisons and what is reported by their manufacturers is obviously motivated by profit. Increasing the toxicity of a pesticide, thus making it more effective, while deceptively leaving out information to meet safety standards is a sure way for any chemical company to boost profits.

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