If You buy ROUND UP you are helping to build Monsanto’s income while destroying our agriculture.

I’m going to print an article in the morning’s HuffPo intact. I suggest you read it AND go to all the links involved AND to most of their links. What you will discover is that there is a worldwide problem, both in providing us with increased birth defects and dreadful diseases as about ten major chemical companies, with Monsanto in the lead, spreads its poison around the world.

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Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World’s Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds

by Lucia Graves at HuffPo

WASHINGTON — Industry regulators have known for years that Roundup, the world’s best-selling herbicide produced by U.S. company Monsanto, causes birth defects, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The report, “Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?” found regulators knew as long ago as 1980 that glyphosate, the chemical on which Roundup is based, can cause birth defects in laboratory animals.

But despite such warnings, and although the European Commission has known that glyphosate causes malformations since at least 2002, the information was not made public.

Instead regulators misled the public about glyphosate’s safety, according to the report, and as recently as last year, the German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the German government body dealing with the glyphosate review, told the European Commission that there was no evidence glyphosate causes birth defects.

The report comes months after researchers found that genetically-modified crops used in conjunction Roundup contain a pathogen that may cause animal miscarriages. After observing the newly discovered organism back in February, Don Huber, a emeritus professor at Purdue University, wrote an open letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a moratorium on deregulating crops genetically altered to be immune to Roundup, which are commonly called Roundup Ready crops.

In the letter, Huber also commented on the herbicide itself, saying: “It is well-documented that glyphosate promotes soil pathogens and is already implicated with the increase of more than 40 plant diseases; it dismantles plant defenses by chelating vital nutrients; and it reduces the bioavailability of nutrients in feed, which in turn can cause animal disorders.”

Although glyphosate was originally due to be reviewed in 2012, the Commission decided late last year not to bring the review forward, instead delaying it until 2015. The chemical will not be reviewed under more stringent, up-to-date standards until 2030.

One of the things you will discover as you tour the links (and their links) are facts like Monsanto’s GMO corn seed (which accounts for 83% of our corn crop) is registered by the EPA as an “insecticide” due to chemical contents built into the seed. I don’t know if I have ever thought of a vegetable or grain as an “insecticide”— certainly a good reason for growing organic.

In another article in HuffPo a month ago there was this finding:

“Recent research claims that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically modified crops contain an organism, previously unknown to science, that can cause miscarriages in farm animals.”

It doesn’t look like any research was followed by the previous findings into whether this caused similar miscarriages in humans. As the Washington Post commented on Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready Seeds (RRS) that are spreading throughout our Nation’s agriculture:

 

“You can’t recall them the way you can a car or a plastic toy. They’re out there for good. And no one knows what their full impact will be.”

Will have more to come on this topic… meanwhile, I’m getting back to the all-organic Shepherdstown Community Garden (where we are finding that it is quite a hard task to avoid the chemical subjugation of growing things.)

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  1. For the record, this response comes from a farmer in Minnesota. So yes, it will be a defense but one that will be educational. And also, my family is eating a good diet of natural & organic foods. Back in our US history and the world, more people grew raw food products. People had gardens, farms were small, and cities were manageable size. As we have progressed, so has our lifestyles and wants. Electricity made working and playing late possible. Automobiles made it possible to move quicker to places and move from home easier. And technology has encapsulated everything so we can be entertained thousands of ways, have relationships that span the globe, and have food readily available 24/7/365.

    What hasn’t changed? Raw Food Production! Yes, farming has changed with the passing of time to grow more food. We use tractors and machines to make us more efficient in labor. Technology has made it possible to increase our yield potential of our raw food products while using less chemicals and fertilizers. We still make raw food products that we sell, for our livelihood, to feed people and animals that is affordable.

    What has changed? Connection of people to raw food production. Today, around 2% of the US population lives on farms and ranches. And, we are asked to grow a raw food supply that can feed our US population and some of the world. We can’t do that with practices from 100 years ago that some people think we need to go back to. I believe in my heart that the practices we follow today are good. Why? Because, I am not going to destroy my land and water so that my kids and grand kids starve. I am doing everything I can to insure good water quality, soil health, and food safety.

    We need education. People need to understand that our seed and chemicals we use are tested vigorously to be safe to use. That is why we have EPA, FDA, and USDA. I worry more about countries in the world that have far less standards than us. I am not afraid to us Roundup and the seed Monsanto and other companies sell. Its TECHNOLOGY! Would you give up the internet, cell phone, or TV if it was linked bad stuff? Will you stop driving a car because people die in car crashes?

    I appreciate that people have opinions. But please make sure you see things from both sides. We changed to a more natural and organic lifestyle because of research. Research into the MANUFACTURING of food products. Not the growing of them.

    • “I am not afraid to us Roundup and the seed Monsanto and other companies sell. Its TECHNOLOGY! Would you give up the internet, cell phone, or TV if it was linked bad stuff? Will you stop driving a car because people die in car crashes?”

      Monsanto seed and Roundup may be advances in technology, but no organic gardener that I know of believes that this stuff is “organic”, nor is it good for the soil, nor does it become reasonable for farmers. To have seeds that MST be purchased each season with no heirloom seeds is only one of the many problems. To have “corn” declared as a “pesticide” by the FDA is another.

      Herman, the tests are done BY Monsanto FOR Monsanto, And I think you are probably not a farmer, but a Monsanto employee.

  2. For the record, the issue isn’t Roundup itself, which is fine when used for its intended purpose — to kill plants. It’s the most innocuous substance available for that purpose, since it degrades quite readily in the soil. Roundup has been used for years on railroad right-of-ways, pasture fence lines, etc. with not even a hint of health issues, and is far better for such use than the previous herbicides used for those purposes, which are known carcinogens.The issue is applying Roundup to food crops. It was never certified for such use, never tested for such use, and when Monsanto introduced their “Roundup-ready” crops that are resistant to Roundup it was applied willy-nilly to food crops with no (zero) testing as to whether it was appropriate for such use.

    To recap: Using Roundup on plants you want dead: Good.
    Using Roundup on plants you want to eat: Bad.

    — Badtux the Practical Penguin
    (Who uses Roundup, but only on plants he wants dead, typically ones with long roots or bulbs that otherwise are almost impossible to get rid of).

    • Say Mr. Tux…
      we’ve known people who spray this crap on the grass around their gardens, thus getting it onto food crops they are growing. I also think you should do some research on the effects of Round Up that are not promoted and authorized by Monsanto… you may have a surprise.

  3. For you fiction readers, the latest from Margaret Atwood, entitled “After the Flood”, is an amazing futuristic take on the idea of genetic modification. She takes it only a tiny bit further in a very frightening future that pits the “Gardeners” (people who garden organically and raise bees on rooftops, in basements, wherever they will not be discovered) against the Corpsy Corps or basically the corporations who have genetically modified everything and are having trouble containing their mistakes.

    Not as far fetched as one would want to believe.

    Ellen Smith

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