Cancer-causing Glyphosate Herbicide Found in Urine of 93% of Americans
The Detox Project, using laboratories at the University of California San Francisco, has found the presence of glyphosate, the most used herbicide in the world, in the urine of 93% of the American public during a unique testing project that started in 2015.
“Glyphosate was found in 93% of the 131 urine samples tested at an average level of 3.096 parts per billion (PPB). Children had the highest levels with an average of 3.586 PPB.”
The spikes almost certainly will lead to a cancer increase in surrounding areas, a study author says.
Oil and gas wells across the country (USA) are spewing “dangerous” cancer-causing chemicals into the air, according to a new study that further corroborates reports of health problems around hydraulic fracturing sites.
“This is a significant public health risk,” says Dr. David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany-State University of New York and lead author of the study, which was published Thursday in the journal Environmental Health. “Cancer has a long latency, so you’re not seeing an elevation in cancer in these communities. But five, 10, 15 years from now, elevation in cancer is almost certain to happen.”
Our oceans are facing a massive plastic pollution crisis. A whopping 8.8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans every single year. And the impact on marine wildlife is absolutely horrendous. From a plastic straw stuck in the nostril of a sea turtle, to a deceased whale being found with piles of plastic bags and other garbage in its stomach, it’s pretty obvious our marine plastic pollution problem needs some viable solutions and fast.
While our emerging knowledge around plastic pollution in the world’s oceans is prompting many to seek plastic-free lifestyles, as well as campaign for more advanced waste collection technology and services, some companies are actually seeing the excess ocean plastic as a largely untapped business opportunity.
We certainly aren’t running out of ocean plastics anytime soon, allowing it to be embraced as a resource for innovative product design and business models. As new ideas emerge around how to use ocean plastics for clothing, packaging, and even social health and community improvement, we are entering a new era where the solutions to plastic pollution are both innovative and incredibly useful.