Re: The EPA, whose mission is . . . to protect human health and the environment, has approved Monsantosrequest to allow levels of glyphosate (Roundup) contamination in your food up to a million times higher than have been found carcinogenic.
This may be difficult . If you look up the MSDS for Roundup, written by
Monsanto, of course, the stuff looks kinda innocuous.
The scientists Gilles-Eric Sralini, and Andres Carrasco who ran
separate studies on Roundup have been hammered by critics. See:
To the Editor: The letter to the editor sent by representatives of
Monsanto, Syngenta, and Dow Chemicals (among others) to Chem. Res.
Toxicol. regarding our paper (Paganelli et al., published July 23, 2010)
and the tone used in their criticism about other research papers
studying glyphosate effects should come as no surprise considering the
obvious conflicts of interest inherent in this work when the companies
selling a product are also solely responsible for testing its safety.
- Andres E. Carrasco
Previous references of the toxicity of glyphosate to humans in Wikipedia
have also been withdrawn. However, remarks on Monsanto's "false
advertising", and "scientific fraud" persist.
Jeffery M. Smith may suffer from his partisanship against GMOs (Good for
him), and his lack of a scientific background or expertise.
The struggle hasn't ended however.
There is still Professor Emeritus Don Huber, Purdue University
New Study Links Monsantos Roundup To Autism, Parkinsons and Alzheimers
Monsantos Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human
and Animal Health
Studies Prove Monsanto's Roundup Is Killing You
Monsantos Roundup Weedkiller Found to Damage Integrity of Raw,
Just railing agains Monsanto and Roundup is hopeless. Monsanto has too
much money = power. They are slick. All we can do is present those
studies that question the safety of Roundup. But is is depressing that
when products like GMOs are fraught with danger, the government doesn't
even ask Monsanto to do life long feeding trials. What politicians won't
do for campaign financing.
The "information" presented in this thread is not information. It
is lunatic fringe alarmist propaganda, period. It is religious advocacy
intended to direct readers' thoughts in the "correct" direction. Look at
the sources: 100% advocacy groups presenting "studies" designed to
reinforce their pre-existing points of view, "conclusions" and
suppositions under the guise of "science". They deliberately
misrepresent indoctrination and progandization as "education". Hell the
very names of the groups, not to mention the titles of the "studies"
presented reveal their purposes. This is charlatanism of the highest
order which infested the organic gardening community decades ago and is
steadily reducing its credibility to the level of "Coast to Coast".
Here's a hint: Reputable journals and neutral scientists concerned with
finding facts simply do not use phrases such as, "what an increasingly
educated public considers a form of institutionalized mass poisoning"
and "virtually guaranteeing that unless you eat 100% USDA organic
concentrations of grave concern will end up in your food and body".
Derald, how do you know that Roundup, and other Monsanto products are
safe? Where did you find the statement, "what an increasingly
educated public considers a form of institutionalized mass poisoning"
That may be inferred from the rapid increase in the sales of "organic"
products, but if it was said, it would be pandering to the vanities of
the consumers of "organic" products. It could just be that people no
longer trust government, or business, and want to return to a simpler
time, with simpler products.
I organic garden my veggies, but the rest of my yard where weeds practically
overrun and I simply can't control them I do resort to using RoundUp! There
just aren't enough hours in the day to weed everything.
You may start with
Spread your amendments on the beds (No Need to Weed)
18.37 lb. chicken manure/ 100 sq.ft. (2.88 oz/sq.ft.)
P: (rock phosphate)
3 lb. / 100/sq.ft. (.48 oz/sq.ft.)
How much wood ash should you use in your garden? The late Bernard G.
Wesenberg, a former Washington State University Extension
horticulturist, recommended using one gallon of ashes per square yard on
loam to clay-loam soil, and half as much on sandier soils.
Cover with sheets of newspaper
Cover newspaper with 3" to 4" alfalfa
Hose the bed
Wait 4 - 6 weeks and plant with seedlings. Use a dibble, ideally the
pointy (sharpened) end of an old shovel handle, to make the planting
For seeding directly to the soil
Rake in the amendments to bare soil,
add mulch as plants grow.
Mulch can act as cover for pill bugs, silver fish, and other insects
that can eat the very tender leaves of sprouting plants.
Interesting ... I do use just about everything already mentioned here for my
When I built them, I bought some bagged soil + cow manure to fill them up
and from there have added composted leaves. I even used the plastic bags
cut open flat to line my walk path between the raised beds and put composted
leaves on top to hold the bags down. It' keeps the weeds at a bare minimum
and I didn't have to send the plastic bags to the recycler because I'm still
using them. This year I had to add some more soil + manure to the raised
beds because of settling and I used those plastic bags to mulch what I
planted in the beds. Again, it keeps the weeds downs, too.
Have you ever tried gardening via the French Intensive method? I do that on
a regular basis, plus double plant when I can, too.
I would think that food that never came into contact with glyphosate
would not be a glyphosate risk to human health. So I guess the question
you are asking is what is your risk from exposure to glyphosate when
using it to kill unwanted plants. The answer to that would have to do
with how well you handle it to reduce your exposure. Did you get any on
your hands? Did you eat before you washed it off? Did you breath any of
it? Did you get any on your clothes, and then handle the clothes later?
If you can say no to those question, then you probably have no personal
health worries from glyphosate.
Scientists Reveal Glyphosate Poisons Crops and Soil
Glyphosate binds with and inactivates EPSPS, the critical enzyme in the
shikimate pathway required for the synthesis of aromatic plant
metabolites including essential amino acids phenylalanine, tryptophan
and tyrosine, as well as downstream products such as plant growth
promoter, indoylacetic acid and plant defence compounds, phytoalexins
. But glyphosate has multiple adverse effects that act
synergistically on crop health and productivity that extends well beyond
the plant into the soil ecosystem and the wider environment.
Abstract: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup(R), is the most
popular herbicide used worldwide. The industry asserts it is minimally
toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise. Residues are found in the
main foods of the Western diet, comprised primarily of sugar, corn, soy
and wheat. Glyphosate's inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is
an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play
crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus,
glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical
residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is
insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages
cellular systems throughout the body. Here, we show how interference
with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the
biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well as
impairment in serum sulfate transport. Consequences are most of the
diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include
gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease,
depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. We
explain the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce
disease, and we show that glyphosate is the "textbook example" of
exogenous semiotic entropy: the disruption of homeostasis by
What isn't clear to me is if they are talking about fresh produce, of if
this is residue that follows the grains and sugar beets through their
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Well.. I didn't get any on me when I sprayed it, and I made sure I didn't
walk in it after the weeds were sprayed. There was no wind, and I washed my
hands before eating. Now, after I sprayed it on the weeds, I could smell
the chemical on the weeds, so is just smelling it because I sprayed the
weeds (not like I inhaled it alot) a danger?
I have no idea. And this is the problem. Chemicals are being released
into the environment without adequate testing. Why? Profit. If I put
you at risk for money, I wouldn't be considered a good person. Monsanto
puts us at risk, because their products are unknowns, and potentially
harmful. Like I say, I have no idea if Roundup is harmful, but there
seem to be a number of reputable scientists who think they could be. I
think we should know that a product will do no harm before it is allowed
to be sold. O.K.?
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