RoundUp is perhaps the most well-known weed killer in the world. It doesn’t just kill weeds but, it kills much more.
Let’s recap: The active ingredient of RoundUp is Glyphosate, which basically makes the plant weak and dead, unless it’s genetically engineered to be RoundUp-ready. The huge percentage of the livestock feed in the U.S. are RoundUp-ready (genetically modified) crops. Humans may be at risk eating meat, milk and other products made from those animals.
Monsanto’s website says, “[RoundUp] does not pose a health risk to humans.”
*lol… who would believe what Monsanto’s scientists say nowadays?!*
According to Wikipedia, “The active ingredient of RoundUp is the isopropylamine salt of glyphosate. Another important ingredient in some formulations of Roundup is the surfactant POEA (polyethoxylated tallow amine), which has been found to be highly toxic to animals and to humans. … Laboratory toxicology studies have suggested that other ingredients in combination with glyphosate may have greater toxicity than glyphosate alone.”
So, RoundUp is more toxic than Glyphosate alone. Enough argument there.
Michael Antoniou, PhD, Gene Expression and Therapy Group of Kings College London School of Medicine, says in the documentary, Seeds of Death – Unveiling the Lies of GMOs, “The large scale cultivation of GMO crops can harm biodiversity in number of different ways. … There could be a knock-on effect on the biodiversity within the fields where herbicide tolerant crops are being grown.”
Here’s how I understand it:
A herbicide, such as RoundUp, kills weeds
→ The organisms which depend upon the weeds declines
→→ The insects which consume the organisms start to disappear
→→→ The birds that eat the insects start to decline in numbers
In fact, I’ve read several articles in a recent few months regarding the decline/disappearance of the species. Partially the climate change is to be blamed perhaps. But the greenhouse gasses that cause the climate change is largely due to the factory farming (which is whole another topic I must tell you!). So, again, large-operation agrobusiness is guilty for that reason.
Jeffrey Smith, Executive Director of Institute for Responsible Technology, says that Glyphosate stays in the soil for number of months to years, which continues to block the available nutrients in the soil to be absorbed by the plants. Bad news, not just to the weeds or the organisms, but to biodiversity upon which all life on earth depend.
Yesterday, Scientific American published a very troubling article titled “Pesticide Spark Broad Biodiversity Loss,” reporting two recent studies. The invertebrates such as dragonflies and mayflies are disappearing in streams affected by the agricultural pesticide run-offs; as much as 40% in Europe and 27% in Australia. Another study revealed that neonicotinoids pesticide (responsible for a huge decline of the honeybees) is killing a type of earthworm in the soil, and partridges that eat as few as five seeds treated with it.
It is a huge mess.
Don’t we all love nature? Beautiful places?? Parks, forests, beaches, rivers, etc.??? Can we somehow stop to these nonsense now? What each of us can do is small and limited, but it definitely counts. So, please, find out and do what you can. Thank you.