Wondering if glyphosate is bad for health? Check out this table
There are a lot of graphs out there purporting to show how bad glyphosate is. Though these graphs appear to be valid and fairly objective, they also draw criticism from the camp of persons who believe that glyphosate is harmless. This camp says that:
- Correlation does not equal causation
- The graphs are manipulated to show a correlation where none exists
- The graphs do not accurately reflect the data
So we have created a table that shows an apples to apples comparison answering the most important question: How quickly are disease rates increasing and how strongly does it correlate to glyphosate usage increase?
The table below answers this question. We compare a “normalized” data set for the 12 years prior to 1996 (which is when GMO crops were introduced and the rapid adoption of glyphosate began) to the “comparison” data set for the 12 years 1995 and after. What this compares shows is how much disease rates AND glyphosate usage changed in the ’83-’95 period versus the ’95-’07 period.
No misrepresentation of data. Just an apples to apples comparison. For reference, glyphosate usage went from 8 million tons to 40 million tons in the ’83-’95 period, and 40 milion tons to 210 million tons in the ’95-’07 period. This is a 531% increase in change-rate.
|Disease||’83-’95 Change||’95-’07 Change||Rate Increase||Glyph. Increase|
|Autism||8 per 10k||33 per 10k||415%||531%|
|Intestinal Infection Deaths||.2 per 100k||1.75 per 100k||875%||531%|
|Diabetes Incidence||.65 per 1k||3.25 per 1k||500%||531%|
|Renal (Kidney) Failure||0 per 100k||1.8 per 100k||1800%||531%|
|Thyroid Cancer Incidence||1.1 per 100k||12.1 per 100k||545%||531%|
|Bladder Cancer||.6 per 100k||3.4 per 100k||533%||531%|
|Senile Dementia Deaths||4 per 100k||18.5 per 100k||463%||531%|
|Obesity Deaths||.2 per 100k||.8 per 100k||400%||531%|
|Alzheimer’s Deaths||5 per 100k||15 per 100k||300%||531%|
|Stroke Deaths||.6 per 100k||1.4 per 100k||233%||531%|
The similarities hardly need to be pointed out. The real question is: what do critics have to say about this? How can they accuse this data of being “misrepresented?” Convinced now?
Let’s put it another way: would you feed formula to your baby if it had glyphosate in it?
Genetically engineered crops, glyphosate, and the deterioration of health in the United States of America by Nancy L. Swanson, Andre Leu, Jon Abrahamson, and Bradley Wallet
Trends in glyphosate herbicide use in the United States and globally, by Charles M. Benbrook