The United States agrochemical giant Monsanto that is responsible for the production of Roundup, the herbicide made from glyphosate has continually argued that the herbicide is not harmful to humans because humans do not have the shikimate pathway. However, gut bacteria in humans do have this pathway. People depend on that gut bacteria for the supply of essential amino acids among other substances vital for the digestion process. Products with glyphosate are highly toxic to humans as well as other animals. Symptoms include nausea, irritation of the skin and eye, numbness, headache, elevated blood pressure, and heart palpitations.
On the November of 2009, the high court of France ruled that Monsanto had not told the truth about the safety of Roundup and glyphosate. Monsanto was found guilty of wrongly advertising its herbicide as ‘biodegradable’ and also claimed that it left the soil clean. French environmental groups brought the case to the French Courts in the year 2001 with the claim that the main ingredient used to make up Roundup which is glyphosate, was classified as dangerous for the environment by the European Union.
Given how casual the marketing of glyphosate herbicides has been, it is shocking that toxicology scientific research has been able to discover possible harmful effects in all areas of lab testing. These effects include salivary gland lesions that indicate medium-term toxicity and genetic damage in human blood cells that indicate long-term toxic effects. Other effects include adverse effects on reproduction such as reduced sperm counts and inflamed stomach linings. In studies of farmers who had been exposed t