Bayer's GE Crop Herbicide, Glufosinate, Causes Brain Damage
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The glufosinate herbicide, used in large quantities on Bayer's GM
herbicide-resistant crops, has been found to have adverse effects on the brain.
By YUMI WIJERS-HASEGAWA, Staff writer
Yoichiro Kuroda, the principal investigator in a project titled the Effects
of Endocrine Disrupters on the Developing Brain, under the government's
CREST (Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology) program,
believes polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and glufosinate can hamper the
development and activity of the brain.
PCBs are "mock hormones" -- endocrine disrupters that cause neural
development defects by disrupting gene functions and neural-network
formation in kids -- resulting in lower IQ scores and hyperactive
tendencies, he said.
Glufosinate, widely used in the U.S. as a super herbicide for
herbicide-resistant genetically modified crops, is like a "mock
neurotransmitter" that has an aggressive effect on brains, he said.
If an embryo or a baby is exposed to the chemical, it can affect behavior,
as it disturbs gene functions that regulate the developing brain, he said.
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