"The unprecedented tests, commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe, found the herbicide in 44percent of volunteers in 18 European countries"First-of-its-kind testing shows weed-killer found in people across EuropePosted Jun. 18, 2013 / Posted by: Adam Russellhttp://www.foe.org/news/news-releases/2013-06-first-of-its-kind-testing-shows-pesticide-found-in-peopleMonsanto's Roundup chemical linked to breast cancer cell growthWASHINGTON, D.C. - Test results released last week reveal that people across Europe arecontaminated with world’s best selling weed-killer, glyphosate. The unprecedented tests, commissionedby Friends of the Earth Europe, found the herbicide in 44 percent of volunteers in 18 Europeancountries.  Neither the U.S. government nor the European Union track glyphosate levels in people,despite its widespread use, so these test results show for the first time that there may be widespreadpresence of glyphosate in the general population.The biggest producer of glyphosate is U.S. biotech giant Monsanto [NYSE: MON], which sells it underthe brand name “Roundup,” in combination with other chemical ingredients.“The presence of glyphosate and a glyphosate breakdown product in people suggests that manyEuropeans are exposed to the world’s most widely used herbicide. Further evaluation of the ingredientglyphosate would be wise, as well as the Roundup product, especially since the herbicide is used sopervasively in U.S. farm fields, schools, parks and homes,” said Emily Marquez, PhD, endocrinologistand staff scientist with Pesticide Action Network North America.A study published June 8 in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology suggests thatlow levels of glyphosate can induce growth in estrogen-sensitive breast cancer cells, adding to thegrowing body of evidence raising concerns about widespread, chronic low-level exposures to Roundup.“This new information is a warning bell telling us that we need to know more about how this weed-killer is polluting people and what the health consequences are of repeated, low level exposures to thispotential hormone disruptor, particularly for vulnerable populations like women of childbearing ageand children.” said Lisa Archer, Food and Technology program director of Friends of the Earth U.S.“Friends of the Earth is calling on governments around the world to ramp up investigations on thesafety of Roundup and its presence in people and restrict its use until it is proven safe to ensure peopleand the environment are put before the interests of a Monsanto and other chemical corporations.”Glyphosate is one of the most widely-used weed killers in the world, and its use is increasing in theUnited States due to the extensive use of genetically engineered crops. Weeds and insects in thenation’s agricultural fields are now resistant to glyphosate and Monsanto’s pervasive Roundup Readyproducts, causing farmers to use increasing amounts of glyphosate as well as even more toxicpesticides such as 2,4-D and dicamba. According to a peer-reviewed study published in 2012 inEnvironmental Sciences Europe, genetically engineered crops have increased pesticide use by 404million pounds in the United States since they were introduced in 1996.