Monsanto’s Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?
Posted on July 16th, 2014

 

5 Responses to “Monsanto’s Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?”

  1. aloy Says:

    “Glyphosate is no ordinary herbicide. Besides being the most used herbicide on earth, it is also the central pillar of Monsanto’s temple.”
    We have no problems with Monsanto. Our problem is with the guy heading the Pesticide Control Department who is frightening MR saying that our TEA industry will suffer as the lazy Indian labour cannot manually remove weeds hence our economy will be affected if we ban Glyphosate. We need to send him together with the Indian labour (and Kachchathivu) to India, as tea industry will soon become useless for us. Our Kandian peasants have lost their birth right to Indians because of this industry

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    100% true Aloy.

    Like a dog biting a bone SL is clinging on to tea industry. We should do something to BUST this useless, environmentally disastrous and kallthoni colonial industry.

    Dry zone farmers don’t get enough water because water is wasted in tea estates for agriculture and for kallathonis.

    Give the dowry Kachaltiu with 500,000 Endian Tamils to Endia and UPROOT tea plants. Hand over this land to SINHALESE in upcountry as before 1815.

    But MR is too scared to stop Monsanto. So he lets poor people pay with their kidneys.

  3. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    Very objective and fair review by an independent source diagonally opposing the view posted by Sri Lankan expatriate professor Wimalawansa in the Unites State. Professor Wimalawansa should not discredit the unifying hypothesis put forward by Dr. Channa Jayasumana, and his two colleagues, Dr. Sarath Gunatilake and Dr. Priyantha Senanayake, just because, there are no scientific research works conducted by the West to prove the hypothesis. Prof. Weerawansa nor Prof Ilayperuma should not tread on a path where they are unaware of the complexities associated.

    http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2014/07/06/there-is-no-scientific-evidence-that-herbicide-glyphosate-causing-chronic-kidney-disease-of-multi-factorial-origin-ckd-mfo-in-sri-lanka/
    “There is no Scientific Evidence that Herbicide Glyphosate Causing Chronic Kidney Disease of Multi-Factorial Origin (CKD-mfo) in Sri Lanka” – By Professor Sunil J. Wimalawansa

    Prof.Oliver Ileperuma of Chemistry Department Peradeniya University commented to say Glyphosate came into use on paddy lands only in 1998 and chronic kidney disease (CKD) was detected even in 1994 and it is an unlikely cause of CKD. But the truth is that Monsanto developed and patented the glyphosate molecule in the 1970s, and has marketed it as Roundup since 1973.
    However, there is a strong possibility that glyphosate may have entered to Sri Lanka with hundreds of herbicides used use in tea plantations and rice fields as an invisible component in the complex cocktail of herbicides marketed under various trade names. So his argument has no value.

  4. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    There are many organic forms of herbicide. If the herbicide Roundup is linked to this kidney disease it certainly is not of “unknown origins”. If it has killed over 20 thousand Sri Lankans then do away with it. Demand that this herbicide is banned but demand it only when a safe preferably organic alternative is found.

    If an alternative is not found when the demand is made to remove this chemical the excuse to keep it would be that there are no alternatives. Outside of the immediate effect on the farmers, the long term effect on the consumers to the poisoning of the soil and water systems from runoffs is too great a risk to continue using such chemicals. I am sure if Roundup has been found to be the culprit for this disease then the whole system of allowing toxic chemicals into Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector should also be reviewed immediately.

  5. aloy Says:

    I think the best way to ameliorate the problem is to revert back to the traditional way of farming. Even the president has directed that farmers should start to grow traditional varieties of rice as they contain the anti oxidents to fight diseases. According to some agriculturists the plants that grow under difficult conditions tend to produce ingradients such as steroids to fight off disease which you may not find in the same plants grown under favourable conditions with fertilizer etc.

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