RoundUp and You
RoundUp kills weeds because of the Glyphosate in it.
Glyphosate was discovered by Monsanto chemist John E. Franz in 1970. Monsanto brought glyphosate to market as Roundup and soon found that killing weeds was a huge money maker. But imagine the profit if RoundUp could be used with crops, without killing them.
Enter, GMO crops, developed to be “RoundUp Ready.” That is, you could use RoundUp all around “RoundUp Ready” plants and the plants didn’t die, or… weren’t supposed to. In India 250,000 farmers have committed suicide when they couldn’t repay debts because their RoundUp Ready crops failed. Read more.
Basically, Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used against broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with non-weed plants and crops. You will often see RoundUp pictured with dandelions because the glyphosate in RoundUp kills dandelions.
But, bees love dandelions. When you use RoundUp, Bees are collateral damage not just because you’re killing one of their natural food sources, but because all plants where RoundUp is used, even if it is used to ostensibly protect them, end up containing glyphosate. See chart.
If you use RoundUp, you’re not alone. In 2007, 185 million pounds of glyphosate were applied to American farm soil. Home gardeners applied another 8 million pounds. Industry and government applied 15 million pounds. (United States EPA 2007 Pesticide Market Estimates Agriculture, Home and Garden)
In March, 2015, the World Health Organization said in a report that Monsanto Co.’s best-selling weedkiller Roundup probably causes cancer. Read more.
Philip Miller, Monsanto vice president for global regulatory affairs, said he didn’t see how the World Health Organization could reach this conclusion. Perhaps it’s not surprising he said that since Monsanto’s $15.9 billion of annual sales are closely tied to RoundUp and glyphosate.
Monsanto guy FAIL On Camera
The video’s lesson for lobbyists: eating your words is a lot safer than drinking the poison you help sell.
How does Glyphosate work?
Glyphosate inhibits an enzyme needed in the synthesis of the amino acids: tyrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine. When a plant is prevented from making these proteins it can’t grow and in fact dies.
Plant foliage takes in sprayed glyphosate and moves it to actively growing parts of the plant, where the glyphosate stops growth. Because of this, glyphosate is only effective on actively growing plants.
Although glyphosate/RoundUp is applied to “weeds”, a lot gets on the surrounding ground where it affects other plants and life forms.
Monsanto fights the notion that crops from its Roundup Ready seeds are in any way bad for us to eat. Monsanto has its lawyers escalated to high-up government positions, like Clarence Thomas in the U.S. Supreme Court, and Michael Taylor in the FDA. The latter is thanks to President Obama, and if Americans knew, should have kept President Obama from re-election.
Many Monsanto based studies have sought to assure critics that plants genetically modified to work with glyphosate are the equivalent of organically grown plants. There is an underlying question, however: Are GMO crops really equal to Non-GMO crops when it comes to nutrition?
With that question in mind, look at the comparison of GMO Corn to Non-GMO corn on a nutrient level, keeping in mind that the low mineral content in the GMO corn matches up with deficiencies in a human being that lead to sickness, disorders and cancer. People with osteoporosis, for instance, are low in calcium and magnesium. People with cancer are low in manganese. And so forth. Now, look again at the GMO corn vs. Non-GMO corn chart ~
I learned a lot from this video: