Argentine molecular biologist Andres Carrasco has died at age 67. Carrasco’s legacy includes his pioneering lab study on the effects of glyphosate on animal health. He and his team demonstrated that glyphosate causes birth defects in amphibians (classic “indicator species” in ecology and biology) and chickens. He theorized that the main mechanism of these effects is retinoic acid oversignaling triggered by the poison. This regular pathway of glyphosate function is just as potent as glyphosate’s inhibition of the EPSPS pathway, which is the “intended” function which makes it a potent herbicide. So glyphosate is an herbicide, and it’s equally a human/animal toxin. The corporate/government system has systematically propagated it as the former, while suppressing the evidence of its concurrent function as the latter.
Carrasco’s lab work corroborated epidemiological surveys which found high levels of birth defects, reproductive failure, and cancer among rural Argentines heavily exposed to the Roundup spraying which is omnipresent on the great soy plantations of the country.
Carrasco tirelessly and courageously publicized his findings in the face of the smear campaigns, character assassination, dirty tricks, violent threats, and violence which are typical in the experience of those who question the agricultural poison regime. We must always keep in mind that there’s a smooth continuum from the Internet trolls who try to shout down GMO skeptics to the thugs who physically assault scientists and community activists.
Along with his colleagues who conducted the epidemiological research, Carrasco has provided the one-two punch knocking out any claim that Roundup is safe. He and his colleagues have proven that Roundup causes birth defects and reproductive failure, and have provided a strong link between Roundup and cancer.
Referring to his work, he’s often been quoted saying, “You can’t block out the sun with one hand.” The hacks of poison-based agriculture and the ignorant conformists who enable them continue to try to do so. They believe that because they temporarily have more brute power, therefore might makes right even where it comes to truth itself. But nature’s truths continue to blaze over and through, diminishing that pathetic hand-wave of lies to nothing. Today we suffer from a temporary bout of insanity which is enabling history’s most vicious evil. Centuries hence, when humanity has rebuilt the soil and enjoys the prosperity of a productive natural agriculture, people will look back at these times and shake their heads in disbelief at how such madness can have been possible. They’ll also celebrate the legacy of those who fought the great evil, refuted the lies, and tried to draw attention to the sun. Andres Carrasco will be remembered as one of the few real scientists of this time, which means someone who always followed where the evidence led, and did so always conscious of the fact that the purpose of science is to serve humanity, not to be a mercenary tool helping to enslave and destroy it.