Monday, November 19, 2012

Troubled future for the human race from Roundup

Glyphosate.  The actual chemical compound in the hugely profitable for Monsanto, Roundup.  It has one job, and one job only.  Kill weeds.  Monsanto tells the unsuspecting world that this farm chemical is harmless, and breaks down into non-toxic compounds after being sprayed on crops and killing off the offending weeds.  But, like so many lies that Monsanto has told the world, this one is indeed, just a lie.  The French government is the first to take action and took Monsanto to court and forced them to stop advertising that Roundup broke down to harmless compounds.  And the French won.  None of the information, ads, spec sheets, or anything from Monsanto about Roundup contains any wording that states that the stuff is harmless.  Well, at least in Europe.  Not so here.  Right on the product spec sheets you can download from the Monsanto website it states that the product breaks down and is non-toxic.  (handbook)
But what really happens to the stuff, and, more importantly, what happens to humans, the final consumers of plant material that get sprayed with ever increasing amounts of glyphosate.  Well, from Université de Caen Basse-Normandie in France we find that glyphosate disrupts the endocrine system.  It is in all probability the main cause of reduced male fertility as it decreases the production of the hormone testosterone.  It also kills teste cells.  (teste)  And now the scariest part of this report, " the presence of glyphosate in urine samples of Berlin city residents at 4-20 times the level allowed in drinking water (o.1 micrograms per litre, or 0.1 parts per billion (ppb)) . American consumers exposed to glyphosate through residual levels in genetically modified (GM) foods are likely to have even higher levels in their system; although no studies appear to have been done."

Don Huber, Emeritus Professor at Purdue University and senior scientist on USDA’s National Plant Disease Recovery System, has been a plant physiologist and pathologist for over 40 years (Huber)
In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack he states " the discovery of a microscopic pathogen that appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings. Based on a review of the data, it is widespread, very serious, and is in much higher concentrations in Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans and corn-suggesting a link with the RR gene or more likely the presence of Roundup."  and that " could result in a collapse of US soy and corn export markets and significant disruption of domestic food and feed supplies. On the other hand, this new organism may already be responsible for significant harm"

More research needs to be done to discover if this new pathogen has mutated from existing microbes or if they have mutated a a result of the presence of the Genetically Modified RR genes in the corn, soy and of course, now lots of other food plants.  The question is, who should pay for that research?  And more importantly, who should pay to clean up the environment if it is found that glyphosate and GM plants are causing the sterility of the human race and other, as of yet undiscovered problems.  If glyphosate is found to be in the water supplies of most cities in America, will Monsanto pay for distilled drinking water for every resident in the United States?  Personally, I believe that Monsanto has dispersed enough money into the pockets of politicians that they will emerge unscathed from any findings showing that ANY of their products cause environmental harm.  Americans have proven themselves to be susceptible to the high advertising budgets and lies that Gene Tech companies, chiefly Monsanto, are allowed to foist upon the American people.  ie, California labeling of GM foods.  If Monsanto continues to tell the world that glysphosates break down into non-toxic compounds; if farmers are forced to buy and spray ever increasing quantities of glyphosates into the environment; then Monsanto should be held responsible for the problem that they create and thesy should not be allowed to escape their culpability for these problems.   

Monsanto is pretty adept at escaping culpability for their messes.  DDT, PCB's, Agent Orange are just a few of the environment disasters foisted upon the world and of which Monsanto was forced to pay, well, actually, very very little, to help clean up.  Again, money in the hands of politicians goes a long way to getting out of paying for your lies and poor testing of products before putting them into production.  The reality of the situation is of course that as research discovers more and more of the problems associated with Genetically Modified plants, we need to at the very minimum, label GM foods so concerned consumers can have a choice, and the ideal situation is that ALL GM plants are removed from the markets, glyphosates are removed and big agribusiness farms are forced to adopt sustainable farming practices. 

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