It’s Everywhere: MIT Scientist Presents Dire Portrait of Damage from Monsanto’s Roundup


Correlations are not causation, but when they plot out as clearly as Stephanie Seneff has plotted them out with regard to autism and glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer,  they are impossible to ignore. 


Seneff is a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who has been running around the country showing a fairly dense slide show about the correlations attached to ghyphosate. On Thursday evening, she was in Groton, MA, at a special panel presentation about GMOs, sponsored by Groton Wellness and its founder, food rights activist and holistic dentist Jean Nordin-Evans. I was one of the panelists at the presentation, but as far as the audience was concerned, Seneff was the main act, in large measure because of the correlations she demonstrated, and the discomfort she aroused. 


Once she had completed her presentation, all of the 70 or so people in attendance were squirming, likely because they now had serious misgivings about serving their kids, or themselves, anything with corn or soy, which are nearly all genetically modified (GMO)  and thus tainted with Roundup and its glyphosate. (These GMO crops are bred to resist damage from Roundup, which destroys the weeds around them.) 


If glyphosate is as harmful as Seneff’s correlations suggest, then its poisonous effects extend nearly everywhere–to all soft drinks and candies sweetened with corn syrup and all chips and cereals filled with soy, not to mention cattle and chicken fed soy. But it isn’t just corn and soy, it is wheat as well, since it is nearly all sprayed with Roundup just prior to being harvested, according to Seneff….which means all non-organic bread is tainted. 

Not surprisingly, Monsanto argues that glyphosate is safe; it has a page linking to denials and assertions at its web site that glyphosate isn’t harming people. 


The key slide in Seneff’s presentation is the one above, showing the uncanny correlation between heavy use of glyphosate (via Roundup), begun in 1990 and increased sharply each year following, and the explosion of autism, such that we have gone from one in 5,000 children being diagnosed back in 1975 to one in 68 today. 


“At today’s rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic,”  Seneff said Thursday. Presumably, if Roundup and glyphosate accelerate their spread in the U.S. and around the world, the predicted one-in-two autism cases could happen even sooner. 


Among Seneff’s key points: 


-Glyphosate sickens by killing beneficial gut bacteria and stimulating the loss of key minerals like cobalt, iron, and manganese. 

-Glyphosate is present in unusually high quantities in the breast milk of American mothers, to the tune of 760 to 1,600 times the allowable limits in European drinking water. 

-Urine testing shows Americans have ten times the glyphosate accumulation as Europeans. 

-Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder.  

-The number of adverse reactions from vaccines can be correlated as well with autism and glyphosate, though not quite as closely. 

-The same correlations between applications of glyphosate and autism show up in deaths from senility. 

The problem here is that the products most heavily treated with Monsanto’s Roundup—corn, soy, and wheat—are pervasive within our food chain. “In my view, the situation is almost beyond repair,” Seneff said after her presentation. “We need to do something drastic or we risk the demise of the human race and a mass extinction unparalleled by previous events.”

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Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 9, 2014 3:58 am

I re-read the slide show and it certainly explains the “potential” causes and/or contributors to the many many diseases that are so prevalent in America. They are prevalent also in the non-autistic sector of our society.

June 9, 2014 3:43 pm

This is infuriating. I am a breastfeeding mom. How can I have my milk tested? And why can’t people sue Monsanto for ‘contaminating’ our bodies with glyphosate and Bt toxins? Didn’t Monsanto promise these ingredients would pass right through the human digestive system? Oops they don’t.

mark mcafee
June 9, 2014 3:52 pm

The Organic Consumers Association got it right.

EU definitely has the insight to read its own studies and respond with “good for you raw milk” policies. The rewards of having large populations of people drinking raw milk are long term and tremendous. I will bet that their Autism growth curves are completely different that the American experience as we look at Autism in the next few years.

I would rather battle Big Dairy than the Monsanto Mafia any day. At least fluid milk is weakening and the dairy processors have resigned to this fact. Monsanto has… Read more »

mark mcafee
June 9, 2014 7:21 pm

A free market is not an unfair or out of control market. Competition is based on fairness. If one producer must comply with some regulations and another producer does not have to…that is not a free market and it is also an unfair playing field for all involved.

Markets should be Accessable SAFE and FAIR.

June 9, 2014 7:46 pm

Mark, out of curiosity, how does RAWMI compare/relate to the German Vorzuchsmilch?

mark mcafee
June 9, 2014 8:54 pm

I have studied the German program. RAWMI is more strict than the German system.
The Germans claim that they have had no illnesses associated with any of their raw milk producers in the last 45 years. However, I am not sure if they track raw milk illnesses quite as fervently as we do here in the USA. One thing for sure….the Germans are a hell of a lot healthier and they are focussed on prevention rather than more visits to doctors.

There is some real virtue to the single payor system….when the people as a whole are responsible for… Read more »

mark mcafee
June 9, 2014 9:08 pm
Look at the bottom of page 8. There is a discussion of the bacterial standards for the German raw milk system.

German system requires many of the same types of measures as does the RAWMI common standards. However my reading of the German standards indicates a much higher SPC count of 150,000 is allowed verses 15,000 and 30 coliforms verses 25 coliforms for RAWMI. However, it is rare that any of the RAWMI LISTED producers submit a coliform count higher than 2 or 4. Most RAWMI LISTED coliform counts are less than 2 and many less than 1.… Read more »

Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 9, 2014 10:26 pm

Page 13 is informative. When I skimmed it, I didn’t see any representatives from the US, I could have missed it.,%20Prague.pdf

D. Smith
D. Smith
June 9, 2014 10:38 pm

The very last paragraph on page 14 is most interesting indeed.

June 10, 2014 12:13 am

While their test levels are different, they also require MONTHLY vet visits and focus on facilities more from what I have read. A while looking at Europe, this link shows that it is not all roses in Italy. .
Reading this tells me not enough focus has been put on safe Milk Harvesting & handling practices. The hype of vending machines has reached all around the world but you still need a good product to put in it. This below is the final paragraph which summarises their concerns while still wanting to keep it available.

The experience also… Read more »

mark mcafee
June 10, 2014 12:35 am

I do agree….it is not all rosy with Italian raw milk vending machines. The Italians have however been rewarded by the many uncalculated good things that raw milk does bring to farmers and their consumers. The studies that show that vending machine raw milk does contain pathogens is fascinating…that also means that the immune systems of the local consumers that buy at vending machines are working to protect against that rare pathogen. Yes…they have a had a few illnesses. The legal system in Italy is also not all primed and ready to sue like the USA. It was interesting… Read more »

Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 10, 2014 1:11 am

In Germany, you get caught stealing an apple from a tree, you can be sued for that apple, the trees the seeds would have produced and the loss of fruit from said trees. Italy views their laws a tad different. Anyone who travels should be familiar with the local laws.

Our wonderful gov many times prevents people from suing, other nations, and they put caps on suing state-side. And the BS term of “frivolous” lawsuit…tell me, what lawyer is going to take a case they have little to no chance of winning? And most suits like… Read more »

Wayne Craig
June 10, 2014 1:46 am

David, you forgot about GMO sugar beets. Over 95% since 2010 are now Roundup ready. So add sugar to the list. Roundup is also being used on non-GMO crops to speed dry down before harvest ex. wheat and potatoes
Also in 2013 EPA significantly increased the allowable levels of glyphosate in oilseed crops, root crops, carrots, fruit trees, and animal feed due to a petition from Monsanto. The truth of the matter was the previous allowable levels were already being exceeded in these foods
Here is a link to a Youtube video of Dr. Don… Read more »

June 10, 2014 4:27 am

Thanks David for the heads up on FSN.
As for Glyphosate, I knew it was bad, but just recently while doing tractor work I listened to Don Huber give an extended presentation at the 2013 Acres Conference. It was truly a numbing experience even for me who can handle this sort of stuff, because I want to know. In the talk he explains the interactions and relationships on glyphosate with minerals and microbes. He finished with a statement saying something like – future generations may well look back and ask why we were so willing to sacrifice our children.
You can… Read more »

mark mcafee
June 10, 2014 4:40 am

I think that a massive class action against Monsanto by Breast feeding mothers would be the greatest piece of litigation imagined. Who does testing of breast milk for GMO Roundup residues?? Great question. I bet Dr. Don Huber would know. A mothers breast milk is entitled to be clear of Monsanto product residues. If not this is chemical trespass just like when a conventional farmer over sprays an organic field. Perhaps we should have a new class of organic certification…certified organic humans with a set of laws that protect our personal biome. Now that’s a new human rights liberation… Read more »

D. Smith
D. Smith
June 10, 2014 2:59 pm

Some good stuff from Cornucopia recently: *(Just wait until you see the guy’s credentials, if that’s important to you)

[quote from article at above link]
In this morning’s headlines several prominent agriculture groups spoke out against a state-initiated food labeling plan (without specifically referencing GMO’s). They claimed that “only FDA” should be the standard-bearer.

This new-found faith in FDA is amusing given those same ag groups regularly “question” FDA’s wisdom when a new directive comes out that is uncomfortable for their membership. And how confident can we feel in relying on FDA when only a week ago the FDA came out saying… Read more »

June 10, 2014 5:10 pm

First they came for your raw milk, then your Parmigiano Reggiano

June 10, 2014 6:59 AM
This week the FDA announced it will not permit American cheesemakers to age cheese on wooden boards, potentially destroying the ability to make or import a wide variety of artisanal cheeses. Despite being legal in the various cheese making states and having been used for hundreds of years, the FDA is cracking down under the Food Safety Modernization Act. A sampling of cheeses impacted: Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Cabot Clothbound, Marieke Feonegreek, Bleu Mont Bandaged Cheddar, along with parmesan, aged cheddar and the only American… Read more »

Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 11, 2014 1:12 pm

Indeed, the other shoe has dropped. rawmilkmike’s post and Shelly D’s post on the last blog page shows that is true. Now there is back peddling, they speak with a forked tongue and are not to be trusted.–sector.html

Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 11, 2014 1:16 pm

I hit the post button too soon. I grew up with mom using the same wooden cutting board for everything; meats,fish, produce. We were never sick. I still use that very same cutting board. I haven’t had any problems.

June 11, 2014 2:44 pm

“The FDA’s Sucher said the agency would “engage with the artisanal cheese-making community to determine whether certain types of cheeses can safely be made by aging them on wooden shelving.””

Note the use of the term “whether.” I.e. they are not convinced that any cheese can “safely be made” with wood. This will be an uphill battle for cheesemakers, to try to convince them. Indeed they do speak with forked tongues, Sylvia — Monika Metz says one thing and now they’re trying to do damage control and claim that this is not their policy. Well, how do… Read more »

Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 11, 2014 3:25 pm

I understand that cheese has been made with wood for eons and if it were hazardous, that way of making it would have changed long before the last few hundred years. Just as, if raw milk were so dangerous, then humans would have stopped consuming it.

Sadly, I find it difficult to believe anything they say. Too many lies have passed under the bridge.

June 11, 2014 7:02 pm

Why is there no access to older comments anymore? I can only see the 6 recent comments that show on the home page, with no little squares to click to get to the older comments.

June 11, 2014 9:48 pm

I was referring to the not-the-most-recent comments that show under the Recent Comments part of the website. Of course those same comments still show following each article, but checking out the Recent Comments is helpful to avoid having to track through comment threads to know what’s been recently posted.

Activist mom
June 12, 2014 4:37 am

“Look at the small bright spot in all of this. The children of organic consumers and raw milk drinkers will inherit the earth as Autism consumes the rest of the population. As with everything, Americans react after the crisis has hit critical and never until then. At that point only the organic raw milk drinkers will have a next generation to do any thinking…”

Wow. As a mom of an Autistic child and an autism activist I find that comment completely reprehensible and offensive. “As Autism consumes the rest of the population.” I agree that our food source… Read more »

Activist mom
June 12, 2014 5:15 am
D. Smith
D. Smith
June 12, 2014 1:30 pm

@ Activist Mom: I’m sorry, but I wish you had directed your comment so we’d know who you were addressing in your above post. To whom are you referring when you say “you know a lot about food, nothing about autism”? Many of us here know about autism, possibly in varying degrees, but we do know something about it. However, it’s not always time-friendly to go back through every post to find out who said what.

Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 12, 2014 1:40 pm

I could be wrong, but I believe, she was directing her comment towards Mark’s references about autism and the insulting way he worded his statements. Struck me as like bullies on the playground calling others ‘retard’ etc.

As to her link. It is disheartening to see a paper that is supposed to be “peer reviewed” and professional have have basic errors, poor research, spelling, etc. The poor quality causes a great loss in credibility just as name calling does.

And I do believe monsanto poisons are a major cause/contribution to many of the illnesses to… Read more »

D. Smith
D. Smith
June 12, 2014 2:12 pm

@ Activist mom: The author of the article in the link above does not divulge that Ms. Seneff also has a degree in biophysics. Just because she has other degrees (electrical engineering, etc) does not mean she doesn’t know anything about other subjects. People tend to put other people into a box. Perhaps the writer from PuffHo would like to read this:

And you cannot just read the first three sentences; keep reading for the full magilla.

Of course, everyone is entitled to believe whatever it is they wish to believe. But… Read more »

D. Smith
D. Smith
June 12, 2014 2:51 pm

@ Sylvia & all others interested in this subject: Check this!

FDA backs down?? Hardly. It’s called backing off and regrouping for the next step.

Activist mom
June 12, 2014 3:38 pm

Sorry about that. Mark McAffee. My intentions with my comment were not to generalize to the entire board but the way the comment was stated was not thoughtful. My assumptions are that there are quite a few people who are looking for help with health issues that most likely stem from the poisoning and destruction of our food system.

Activist mom
June 12, 2014 3:49 pm

Totally understand and agree. The reason why I posted that link is to ensure that all sides are heard and that there is awareness of the other side of the debate. Trust me, I agree with the findings posted here. Corporate farming and pesticides have been destroying our environment for years. (I remember the PCB trucks back in the 70’s spraying pesticides throughout neighborhoods to keep the bugs at bay. Kids used to chase those trucks.) With some elements of society becoming increasingly belligerent of science it is of utmost importance to ensure that everything we… Read more »

Activist mom
June 12, 2014 4:12 pm

I bet the Huffington Post readers don’t know this.

Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 12, 2014 5:02 pm

No, they are not backing down. They are re-grouping and forming another way of attacking.

“FDA will engage with the artisanal cheese-making community to determine whether certain types of cheeses can safely be made by aging them on wooden shelving.”

That statement alone speaks volumes, they intend to “determine” what is or isn’t safe.

The above video is @2 hr long. Very enlightening. In the beginning he explains how Common Core came into being and briefly show the money trail.

I post the video because there are many ways to sneak laws into bills that are… Read more »

mark mcafee
June 12, 2014 5:42 pm

Dear Activist Mom,

After review of my comment…I do agree that it can be taken as a little insensitive to a mom that loves her autistic child and a mom that has done everything to help that child. There is little space for “tongue in cheek” comments about the true challenges of the familial suffering caused by austism and its huge impacts on families and society as a whole.

I have studied austism for many years and I have met with many many moms that have autistic kids. We serve so many families with autistic kids. … Read more »

Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 12, 2014 5:50 pm

Someone recently, in the Dallas area, died of Mad Cow…..

June 12, 2014 6:14 pm

Dear Mark, as someone with an autistic child in the family, I am offended by your comments as well – your original one and this one – and I just saw the original one reposted on Facebook. Your comments have just given RAWMI a black eye. I supported RAWMI’s mission until now, but just as some people have given raw milk supporters the reputation of being racist and sexist (“feminazis” being a term thrown about), your comment comes across as very insensitive, prejudicial, and discriminatory.

You write here: “Certainly….no one can believe that a seriously effected autistic… Read more »

D. Smith
D. Smith
June 12, 2014 6:24 pm

@ Activist mom: No, I didn’t post anything about this at the PuffHo site but you’re welcome to do so if you wish to share it with her.

D. Smith
D. Smith
June 12, 2014 6:39 pm

@ Sylvia: I watched part of that vid yesterday and had planned to finish it this evening. What I did see was interesting and I hope to view the school site you mentioned, as well. Many States are already outlawing common core and I hope more follow suit. First it was obozocare, now we have obozocore – both of which are going to turn out to be colossal flops (I hope). What we need to do in this country is start over from square one but I have no idea how – and therein… Read more »

Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 12, 2014 7:19 pm

Common core appears to be worse than “No child left behind”, I wouldn’t have thought that possible, yet, there is is.

Activist mom
June 12, 2014 7:51 pm

Thank you for your apology, Mark. As an FYI, I do have a member in my family who is High Functioning Autistic. He is also a surgeon. A very, very good one at that. Before he was a Doctor he was a mechanical engineer. Thank you for studying Autism. I’m sure you understand a great deal and I’m grateful that you take the time to investigate. I try not to sugarcoat anything and I certainly agree that, given the choice, I would not have chosen a life with an autistic child but not… Read more »

Zombie Guru
June 12, 2014 10:07 pm

I have killed (and subsequently smoked) a lot of weed in my life… but to die because weed-killer is in practically every food and drink is an irony that I choose NOT to accept… WITHOUT A FIGHT.

June 17, 2014 5:24 am

If that slide was the basis for the extrapolation, the “1 in 2” is rather obviously faulty. A Pearson correlation value implies a linear fit (and there’s no reason I can see to suspect any underlying transformations were performed). Taking the data from 2000 to 2010, the slope is about 27,500, yielding a population served of 787,500 in 2025. This wouldn’t amount to 50% prevalence as it is, with a birth cohort of abour 4 million, but the population is aged 6 to 21 years, which comes out to a prevalence of about 1 in 81, not 1 in… Read more »

Concerned Consumer
June 19, 2014 8:48 pm

Sorry to join this horrifying conversation so late. Is there any way to reverse the toxic effects of glyphosate once attempts have been made to eliminate GM
O foods from our diets? Is there any way to reduce the contamination in our bodies, or is this a one way street and we are all terminally contaminated?

What can we do to save ourselves and our children?

Sylvia Gibson
Sylvia Gibson
June 20, 2014 12:22 am

Concerned consumer; as far as I know, there has been no studies on detoxing from that stuff. Avoidance may be the best to at least decrease any further contamination. Avoidance may be difficult as things are not labeled truthfully.

For all the various detox information on the internet, I would use caution and much research before attempting any. For example: Even sweating in sauna’s can be dangerous, ie; high temperatures, for prolonged times, etc.

June 20, 2014 4:52 pm

Concerned Consumer,
Once again we will be saved by our bacteria,or more specifically those bacteria that can tolerate glyphosate. Many soil bacteria can break down herbicides and we get the bacteria in our bodies from the soil. If we avoid eating herbicide contaminated food , eventually the herbicides in our bodies will be deconstructed by our bacteria. As the herbicide level in tissues increases , the conditions favor those bacteria that can tolerate the toxic conditions,they begin the deconstruction. As the conditions become less toxic other bacteria will continue to deconstruct the toxic… Read more »