Barbara H. Peterson
Glyphosate – The supposed “safe” chemical that is “easily degradable” as touted by Monsanto, a known liar and poisoner of the ground it walks on, is being dumped on our soil, in our water, and polluting everything we breathe and swallow without our permission!!!
The pesticide and GMO promoters talk about the “right to farm” anyway you want, including GMO, yet completely ignore the right to live without contamination from GMO and Glyphosate. And contaminated we are, and getting more so every day that this toxic chemical is used.
“Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body,” they wrote in a study published earlier this year.
“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.”
While being the most popular herbicide in global use, Glyphosate may also be the most deadly. And yet the USDA purposely avoids testing for it on foods, claiming that such tests are too costly and impractical.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity to Reuters, a cowardly USDA spokesman stated that tests for Glyphosate are “extremely expensive” to perform on a regular basis, so the agency simply doesn’t conduct them.
Glyphosate is being poured on farmland like water, dumped in the rivers to kill weeds, and no testing is being done. Why on earth would government entities in bed with Monsanto want to test for it anyway? If they did, they would have to admit that it is everywhere. We are breathing and swallowing it and it is showing up like a low budget B movie in every theater in town. Why? The water cycle.
And it is lethal as well as persistent.
With the objective of detecting chronic, sublethal effects of the widely used herbicide glyphosate, an experiment was performed using the earthworm Eisenia fetida as model organism. Earthworm adults were randomly assigned to three glyphosate treatments: control (no glyphosate), regular dose for perennial weeds, and double dose. Six E. fetida individuals were placed in each pot. Two random pots were taken weekly from each treatment and the number of adults, individual weight, number of cocoons, and presence and number of young earthworms were recorded. A matrix analysis was performed with the data. The matrix population model built showed that while the control population had a positive growth rate, both glyphosate treatments showed negative growth rates. The results suggest that under these sublethal effects, non-target populations are at risk of local extinction, underscoring the importance of this type of studies in agrochemical environmental risk assessment.
Glyphosate persistence in seawater
Glyphosate is one of the most widely applied herbicides globally but its persistence in seawater has not been reported. Here we quantify the biodegradation of glyphosate using standard “simulation” flask tests with native bacterial populations and coastal seawater from the Great Barrier Reef. The half-life for glyphosate at 25 °C in low-light was 47 days, extending to 267 days in the dark at 25 °C and 315 days in the dark at 31 °C, which is the longest persistence reported for this herbicide. AMPA, the microbial transformation product of glyphosate, was detected under all conditions, confirming that degradation was mediated by the native microbial community. This study demonstrates glyphosate is moderately persistent in the marine water under low light conditions and is highly persistent in the dark. Little degradation would be expected during flood plumes in the tropics, which could potentially deliver dissolved and sediment-bound glyphosate far from shore.
And let’s not forget the air and rain.
A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, accepted for publication online ahead of print in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry, titled, “Pesticides in Mississippi air and rain: A comparison between 1995 and 2007,”[i] reveals that Roundup herbicide (aka glyphosate) and its still-toxic degradation byproduct AMPA were found in over 75% of the air and rain samples tested from Mississippi in 2007.
So, when you are outside, make sure to take a nice big breath, drink an oh so healthy glass of water, eat a fresh ear of gene-spliced corn soaked in Glyphosate, and thank Monsanto for its contribution to your early demise.
©2015 Barbara H. Peterson