Sri lanka bans RoundUp

SOURCE: Mike Shooltz (
SUBHEAD: Sri Lanka bans sale of glyphosate herbicide responsible for kidney disease.

By Staff on 12 March 2014 for Columbo Page -

Image above: Rural farming in Kandapola, Sri Lanka. Photo by Stuart Kelly. From (

[Source's note:  The science, research and reactions to Roundup, Glyphosate and other toxins used by the Agrochemical Companies continue to emerge at an accelerating rate. Each day it grows increasingly clear that the health issues being experienced here on Kauai, and anywhere else where these poisons are being used, are directly correlated to to their use. Sri Lanka is the latest country to react to these devastating health issues. (please see article below).
    In fact studies just published by Doctors Stephanie Seneff of MIT and Anthony Samsell show correlations of 95% and above for many diseases and the use of glyphosate. Autism for example has a 98.6 % correlation which means that there is only a little over one percent chance that glyphosate is not a cause of this disease. Other diseases exhibiting these high correlation rates include Alzheimers, Liver disease and various cancers.
    As indicated in the article below, Kidney Disease is also now a proven result of exposure to glyphosate. Please keep Shining your Light on these issues in whatever way that you can. Educating the public is a critical step in this journey we share. Pass the information on to your lists. As we keep the flow going the world is gradually becoming a brighter place as illustrated in the article below which describes another set back for Monsanto and friends.
  Next steps from Kauai Rising will follow soon!!]
Sri Lanka has banned the sale of Monsanto's "Round Up" glyphosate herbicide after a study found that the herbicide is responsible for the increasing number of chronic kidney disease patients.
Minister off Special Projects S.M. Chandrasena said the decision to ban Glyphosate sales in the country has been taken on a directive of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Addressing a media briefing, the Minister said several programs have been implemented to prevent the high occurrence of kidney disease among the farming community.

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found a link between the herbicide known as Roundup and the fatal Chronic Kidney Disease of
 Unknown origin (CKDu) affecting mostly, the rice farmers in Sri Lanka and several other countries.
The study found that while the weedicide itself is not nephrotoxic, when it combines with hard ground water containing metals such as cadmium and arsenic, either naturally present in the soil or added through fertilizer, glyphosate becomes extremely toxic to the kidney.

In recent years a significant increase in the number of CKD patients has been observed in some parts of the country, especially in North Central, North Western, Uva and Eastern Provinces.

According to the Minister a national program to prevent the kidney disease will be launched next Friday. The program will encourage the Sri Lankan farmers to produce and use organic fertilizer.

Dr. Channa Jayasumana of Rajarata University, the lead author of the study on glyphosate, told the national radio that paddy has been planted without the use of chemical fertilizer in an extent of 100 acres in the left bank of Rajanganaya and plans are underway to plant traditional paddy varieties in 5,000 acres of land in the right bank also.

The Ministry of Agriculture aims to cultivate paddy in 100,000 acres of land throughout the country in the Maha season using organic fertilizer.


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