According to Revolution News, the samples which included gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products such as tampons and sanitary pads were purchased from local supermarkets and pharmacies in the La Plata area.
The findings were presented last week at the third national congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns in Buenos Aires.
Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100 percent, Dr. Damian Marino, the studys head researcher, told the T’lam news agency (via RT.com). An English translation of the T’lam report can be read here.
In terms of concentrations, what we saw is that in raw cotton AMPA dominates (39 parts per billion, or PPB, and 13 PPB of glyphosate), while the gauze is absent of AMPA, but contained glyphosate at 17 PPB, said Dr. Marino.
Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, president of the congress, said (via RT.com) that the result of this research is very serious when you use cotton or gauze to heal wounds or for personal hygiene uses, thinking they are sterilised products, and the results show that they are contaminated with a probably carcinogenic substance.
Most of the cotton production in the country is GM [genetically modified] cotton that is resistant to glyphosate. It is sprayed when the bud is open and the glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.
Glyphosate is the key ingredient in biotech giant Monsanto’s Roundup, the most popular weedkiller in the US Roundup Ready cotton, soy and corn crops have been genetically modified to withstand application of the herbicide.