Dramatic Increase in Kidney Disease in the US and Abroad Linked To Roundup (Glyphosate) ‘Weedkiller’

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Last month, we reported on a mysterious global epidemic of fatal kidney disease, focusing on a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health1 that laid down evidence showing the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) is responsible for an epidemic of kidney-related deaths in a rural farming region of Northern Sri Lanka, as well as other rural regions around the world, including Costa Rica and Nicaragua. You can review the report here: Roundup Weedkiller Linked To Global Epidemic of Fatal Kidney Disease.

This information, while shocking to many who still consider glyphosate herbicide and the GM food produced with it to be relatively non-toxic, is not surprising to those who have been tracking the published research on glyphosate’s wide ranging harmful effects, and which now shows a link between glyphosate and several dozen health conditions. You can view the first-hand toxicological citations here: Adverse Health Effects of Glyphosate Formulations.

Only days ago, The Center for Public Integrity released a report titled, “Sri Lanka bans Monsanto herbicide citing potential link to deadly kidney disease,” citing Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s March 13th decision to impose an outright ban on glyphosate. This decision follows a decision by the legislature in El Salvador last September to approve a ban on glyphosate, but the proposal has not yet been signed into law.

Now that the world seems to be paying closer attention to the fact that the primary agrichemical used in the farming of genetically modified crops has deleterius, if not deadly, consequences to exposed populations, including kidney harm, it is only logical to ask the question if the US, which has the highest amount of glyphosate usage in the world, is also experiencing kidney harm as a result of widespread daily exposure.

A series of graphs based on data from the USDA, National Cancer Institutes, Centers for Disease Control, have recently surfaced, depicting at steep rise in the rates of kidney disease in the US from the time of the introduction of glyphosate and GM food, reveals that the US may also be suffering from an epidemic of glyphosate-linked kidney damage.

The first graph below depicts the ‘Age Adjusted Acute Renal Failure Deaths’ in the US from 1981 to 2009 plotted against the percentage of GE soy and corn planted, and the tonnage of glyphosate applied to corn and soy, showing death rates more than doubling over the past 30 years.


The second graph depicts the ‘Number of Hospitalizations for Acute Kidney Injury’ in the US plotted against glyphosate applied to corn and soy, between years 1990-2010. Within a single decade (1996-2006), hospitalizations due to acute kidney injury had more than tripled.


The third graph depicts ‘Kidney and Renal Pelvis Cancer Incidence’ in the US, plotted against the percentage of GE soy and corn planted, and the tonnage of glyphosate applied to corn and soy, showing death rates increasing by 50% between 1998 and 2008.


The implications of this data are highly concerning. The steady increase in acute and chronic kidney disease in the US population dovetails so closely with the increased use (and therefore human exposure) to glyphosate and glyphosate contaminated food, that it is hard to write off the correlation as coincidence.

In previous articles, we have examined the evidence showing that glyphosate is accumulating in our air, rain, groundwatersoilfood, and even persists in the seawater where it may be killing our coral reefs. Far from the ‘highly biodegradable,’ ‘virtually non toxic’ chemical it was once marketed to be by its creator Monsanto, it is now known to persist in a way that makes daily exposure inevitable, and which accumulates with time, as its use increases each year.

In fact, the entire basis for arguing for the substantial equivalence of GMO and non-GMO foods is that glyphosate possesses negligible toxicity. The GMO biosafety debate normally revolves around whether the novel transgenes inserted into the plants produce problematic proteins or insecticidal compounds that have adverse, non-target adverse health effects on humans.  If glyphosate is toxic in extremely low concentrations (as low as the parts per trillion range), then any food produced using glyphosate (and which is therefore contaminated with it, or its equally toxic metabolites, such as AMPA) will not be equivalent in safety to the non-GMO/conventional/organic food which is free of such residues.

As the increasingly educated world comes to understand the inherent and extreme dangers of glyphosate formulations like Roundup, there will be increasing momentum for the consumer to move supplicating the ‘powers that be’ for lapdog like permission to have GM-containing products accurately labeled, to recognizing the underlying infrastructure of GMO agriculture is slowing altering (via GMO transgene biopollution) and killing the biosphere via wide-ranging agrichemical destruction. In other words, the rallying cry now is to ‘Ban Glyphosate and GMOs!’


1  Channa Jayasumana,  Sarath Gunatilake, Priyantha Senanayake  Glyphosate, Hard Water and Nephrotoxic Metals: Are They the Culprits Behind the Epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka?Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(2), 2125-2147; doi: 10.3390/ijerph110202125

About the Author

Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMedInfo.com, an author, researcher, lecturer, and an advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Google Plus Profile. His writings have been published and referenced widely in print and online, including, Truthout, Mercola.com, New York Times online, The Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, New York Times  and The Well Being Journal.

He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is widely recognized as the most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of WakingTimes or its staff.

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  • Chris

    Reading the actual article – which was not linked for some reason, but can be found here http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/2/2125 – states quite plainly that:

    1) The rise in kidney failure and death is linked to contaminated water sources

    2) The water sources were already hard-water or very-hard-water, and have been for years before “Ready Roundup” was introduced

    3) The issues were there, being caused by contaminants and by other chemical factors before Ready Roundup, but Ready Roundup has exacerbated them.

    What does this mean? It means that drinking poison-water with a phosphorous chemical in it on a daily basis for years will probably kill you.

    What should be done about it? I would suggest “get water filtration systems in place to combat the real issue – a lack of potable water!” rather than “let pests eat our food supplies while we continue dying, so that white people can feel good about eating ‘gmo free food’.”

    Just sayin’.

  • Defiant

    Ugh. WHO CARES? It would be SO refreshing for ONE site to learn the difference between correlation and causality. Flies are “linked” to garbage…but that doesn’t mean they cause it.

    If you don’t want to use RoundUp then DON’T. PROBLEM SOLVED.

    • Angela from Canada

      We’re not talking about the personal use of Roundup on your lawn, we’re talking about the extensive use of Roundup in agriculture which ends up on our food, in our rivers, and eventually in us. So, no, the problem is not solved.

  • George

    My blood boils when I hear politicians proclaim GMO’s as being harmless or there is no evidence linking GMO’s to ill health Enough is enough. I now consider the use of glyphosate and GMO’s in general as an assault with a deadly weapon. There can be no excuse for the continued use and even governmental protection of these deadly products that poison us as well as our planet. They MUST be stopped.

  • Nicole

    Check your spelling. Nothing devalues a useful article more than avoidable, trivial mistakes.

    • T.J.

      Really? I’d of thought evaluation on your part should be based on the information, not grammer. example~ my keyboard is in need of replacement right now, and the store is closed til morning… this taking me forever to post, because I have to forever correct

    • Joe

      I totally agree. The lack of editing of these articles makes me reluctant to forward them to people who need to see this stuff.

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