BELGRADE – Arable land in Serbia has for years been soaked with herbicides containing glyphosate – active substance for which the World Health Organization claims that it causes cancer, writes Serbian daily “Kurir”.
Glyphosate is contained in 34 different plant protection products that are used in Serbia, of which 11 are produced by local manufacturers.
The use of these products is allowed in Serbia, writes S. Tomčić, after the model of EU countries.
Professor Miladin Sevarlic from the Faculty of Agriculture in Belgrade says that the WHO Committee for the fight against cancer now only confirmed the results of the research conducted by Arpad Pustai in 1995, which proved the negative impact of glyphosate on animals using GMO potatoes and corn sprayed with it.
“In all the animals that were fed with GMO potato and corn in the second generation appears damage to internal organs. In third occur carcinogenity of organs, and in the fourth was found high sterility in both females and males, so not even simple reproduction cannot be achieved. Projected to humans, this means that we will suffer the same consequences in 30 to 120 years. Already there is a special area in research in medicine on the influence of GM organs, based on using chemical agents with glyphosate, on humans, especially on pregnant women and newborn children. The problem is that most of the countries do not label products containing GMO, so people do not know what they eat,” said Sevarlic.
Dr. Sladjana Velkov also confirmed the danger glyphosate presents.
“Glyphosate has estrogenic properties and imitates real estrogen (female hormone) in organism, which can lead to increased risk of various cancers, infertility, problems with the thyroid gland, early puberty, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and multiple allergies,” Velkov said.
The Ministry of Agriculture argue that, for now, glyphosate is not marked as a carcinogenic substance in the EU.
“Glyphosate is in the EU marked as an irritant substance, which presents risk of serious eye damage. It is on the list of approved substances in both the EU and Serbia,” said the Ministry and added that a reassessment of glyphosate in the EU will be completed by 2020.