What is the world coming to now? Before, we were told that vegetables and fruits are contaminated with pesticides and herbicides – care of our “good” pesticide manufacturing friend Monsanto. Now, women have to contend with our personal hygiene cotton products being contaminated with “glyphosate”, the main active ingredient behind Roundup and other pesticides and herbicides manufactured by Monsanto.

This discovery came from a relatively new study conducted by researchers at the University of La Plata in Argentina. They found out that 85% of cotton products such as cotton balls, gauze, feminine products like tampons, sanitary napkins, baby wipes, etc. in Argentina tested POSITIVE for glyphosate.

Glyphosate is a chemical that is mainly found in pesticides and herbicides, for instance, in the herbicide Roundup manufactured by Monsanto. Aside from glyphosate, the study’s authors said they discovered 62% of the personal hygiene products they tested had evidence of AMPA or aminomethylphosphonic acid. AMPA is an environmental metabolite that is a known derivative of glyphosate but is incredibly one thousand times more toxic than glyphosate.

This information puts us women – and men – in a perilous position. Because we always use sterile cotton and sterile gauze on our wounds or even near our private parts (in the case of sanitary napkins, tampons, and adult diapers), knowing that these personal hygiene products are contaminated with a toxic substance like glyphosate and AMPA are definitely nerve-wracking!

Where did the Glyphosate come from?

Let’s investigate this occurrence thoroughly because even though Argentina is very far from the Philippines, their situation when it comes to glyphosate exposure to the local population is very similar to ours and that of the U.S. For instance, GMO cotton production is prevalent particularly in countries like the U.S., the Philippines, and Argentina.

In Argentina like in the Philippines, farmers were convinced to buy Monsanto’s GMO seeds and agro-chemical products with the assurance of higher crop yields. So when the Argentinian farmers started spraying the glyphosate present in the herbicide Roundup onto the cotton plants, the plants’ buds which were open received it. This enabled the glyphosate to enter the bud which is the part wherein personal hygiene product manufacturers turn into all those sanitary napkins, cotton ear buds, diapers, etc.

Ever wonder why there are so many people in the world having ovarian and endometrial cancer? The presence of pesticides especially glyphosate in personal hygiene products is partly the cause of that. For instance, the plantings of herbicide-tolerant cotton (HT cotton) had increased from just 10% of the entire acreage in the U.S. in 1997 to about a high of 91% in 2014.

HT cotton is now one of the prime GMO crops in the U.S. On the other hand, farmers sprayed 2.6 billion pounds of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide on U.S. agricultural land between 1992 and 2012. Two point six billion pounds of glyphosate is total nightmare for us who will be the recipients of this carcinogenic chemical now and in the years to come.

To avoid less exposure of your most delicate body parts to glyphosate, either reduce the use of commercial personal hygiene products or switch to organic cotton gauze or organic cotton feminine products. Try to find these in your local markets.

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