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Glyphosate causes DNA damage
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7/4/2007
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A new study by the Pontificate Catholic University of Ecuador conducted along the country’s border towns with Colombia revealed that fumigation of coca crops with the chemical glyphosate has caused severe genetic damage to the local population.

Blood samples from 24 Ecuadorians who live within 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from the border have shown chromosomal aberrations between 600 and 800 percent greater than others who live 80 kilometers (50 miles).
Colombia began spraying the chemical in 2000 as part of the US-funded counter-drug program Plan Colombia.

Some Ecuadorian villages have reported intestinal problems, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, skin and eye infections, dizziness, blurred vision, respiratory problems among other maladies, the study said
“But the damage found in the genetic material of those analyzed can develop into cancer and miscarriages,” said researcher César Paz y Miño, director of the university’s Human Molecular Genetics unit.


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