It Kills Weeds and Abuses Bodies!
Glyphosate is an herbicide and an active ingredient in Roundup. It comes in many forms, most commonly, as an acid and several salts. There are over 750 products containing glyphosate for sale in the U.S. However, when it is sold as a commercial herbicide, it is combined with surfactants and other ingredients to make it more effective at killing weeds.
This toxic herbicide, Glyphosate, was first discovered to have herbicidal activity in 1970 by John E. Franz, while working for Monsanto, and it was first registered for use by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 1974 for public and industrial property and as a burn-down herbicide in agriculture. The re-registration of Glyphosate was completed in 1993.
In 1996, Roundup Ready crops were introduced for in-crop weed control agricultural use. Consequently, the use of glyphosate has increased from less than 11,000 tons in 1992 to more than 88,000 tons in 2007!
Supposedly, glyphosate’s patent expired in 2000, BUT Monsanto made more than $2 billion in sales of Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides in 2010! The Environmental Protection Agency is examining the issue and is in the process of deciding if glyphosate should continue to be sold or in limited.
Just a Few of the Many Reasons Why Glyphosate is Hazardous:
Even though Monsanto claims that it “completely biodegrade in soil”, it actually persists in the soil for years!
Glyphosate destroys proper plant function and degrades high quality nutrition. It has also been known to substantially increase disease-causing pathogens.
It is known to cause reproductive problems and has been linked to spontaneous abortions in livestock and birth defects in humans.
Glyphosate herbicides are known to harm DNA in human cells.
Roundup initiates total cell death within 24 hours.
Japanese research has shown that consuming a 3/4 of a cup of commercial glyphosate products is fatal. Those who consumed less than 3/4 of a cup suffered a range of severe health problems, including intestinal pain, vomiting, erosion of the gastrointestinal tract, excess fluid in the lungs, pneumonia, lung dysfunction, clouding of consciousness, destruction of red blood cells, abnormal electrocardiograms, low blood pressure, damage to the larynx, and kidney damage (causing permanent damage and forming scar tissue).
Studies have also shown that exposure to Glyphosate is associated with a range of reproductive effects in humans and other species.
Two separate studies in Sweden have shown that exposure to Glyphosate can cause Hairy Cell Leukemia and Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. Even though it was considered extremely rare, the non-Hodgkins lymphoma is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the Western world. It has increased by 73% in the USA since 1973.
Another study has found an escalation of Parkinson disease amongst farmers who used glyphosate.
So the question is…why is this product still being used as an herbicide?
Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. Don Huber on the subject:
Here’s a Link for Some of the More Natural Herbicides and Pesticides: eHow Home’s Natural Herbicides & Pesticides
(References: Mercola.com & eHow Home)
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There are so many ways for people to raise crops and listveock. Not only are the products diverse, but so are the methods of production as well as the producers themselves. Unfortunately there is Agriculture is Agriculture and We Need to Work Together Posted on April 17, 2011 There are so many ways for people to raise crops and listveock. Not only are the products diverse, but so are the methods of production as well as the producers themselves. Unfortunately there is often a divide between certain types of agriculture, and the different types tend to fight each other concerning what might be the best way to reach the end result of feeding people. So you know where I m coming from let s review my background. I grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and popcorn on 2,300 acres of landSome of our crops are genetically modified organisms (GMO) and some are not. Our popcorn, in fact, is GMO free.Yes we use chemical herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizersNo glyphosate (RoundUp) is not the only herbicide farmers use, nor is Monsanto the end all authority for all of agricultureConventional farmers are adopting new technologies and practices that allow us to use less fuel, chemicals, and fertilizers to produce more and better quality crops. Many of these practices like no-till, minimum till, and cover crops are reducing soil erosion and improving soil quality while keep crop nutrients in the field and out of waterways From where I stand there are certainly operations larger than mine, but I suppose I fall into the category of Big Ag for a lot of people. A new label I read today is chemical farmer, so I guess you can call me that too. I read this while surfing for information about organic farming. This is the part where there is often a big divide in agriculture. Conventional farming, which is me, versus Organic Farming. These two groups often butt heads over who can produce more or better food, and what way is best in the long run. Before I started this site a few months ago, I had a different opinion of organic than I do now. I wasn t anti-organic, but I wasn t out looking to buy food that was strictly labeled organic either. To me it was just a niche way of producing food that many people are interested in consuming. At the same time, I didn t think it had much of an impact on the way I farm. On the other side, I find that there are organic farmers and eaters who very much dislike what I do for a living. Well, after joining twitter and beginning my blog, I really started connecting with other farmers and industry people and began learning more and more about different types of agriculture and how they can all work together to feed, clothe, and fuel this country and the world. Along with organic farming I ve been looking into urban farming as well. Often these types of farming can be one in the same. This video really got me thinking about how the way I farm can be combined with organic and urban to push our productivity even farther. In the video they state that New York has nearly 12,000 acres of usable rooftop that could grow food hydroponically. They are able to grow large amounts of fruits and vegetables in a relatively small space. Do I think we are going to see metropolitan rooftops covered in plants in the very near future? No, but there seems to a pretty good case to do so. So how can I benefit from this type of agriculture? An increase in food grown in or very near urban centers on relatively small amounts of space (which I think lends itself to the more intensive organic system) could free up some of the crops I grow for their many other uses. Corn isn t just used as listveock feed, food, or a food additive. It has many other uses. As I m sure you know it can also be turned into ethanol for fuel in our vehicles. Yes, I know this leads to the whole food vs fuel debate, and you can see my thoughts on that in some of my other posts. Soybeans have an enormous amount of uses from animal feed, to cleaning products, and they can also be made into very effective lubricants. One thing many of the non-food products made from corn and soybeans have in common is that they allow us to get away from petroleum-based products. Petroleum has its place obviously, and always will, but I firmly believe the United States cannot continue relying on unstable countries as sources for our oil needs. It leads to volatile prices, which as well all know, are hitting us hard in an already tough economy. If we aren t going to use our own oil resources we still are going to have to increase our energy independence to stabilize energy prices across the board. Along with bringing some consistency to the energy market, think of the jobs that would be created. I think this is one way all of agriculture can pull together and find some common ground. Overall, more food, fuel, and fiber will be produced in a sustainable way, and I think that s really what we all want.
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