Category Archives: Herbicides

How bad is round up™ for your health?

A just published study synthesising about 300 research papers makes clear linkages between round up™ and the rise in a number of diseases. Like so many people now, the paper calls for proper independent testing of GE crops (as the only testing done right now is by Monsanto).

Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases
http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416

“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. We explain the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease, and we show that glyphosate is the “textbook example” of exogenous semiotic entropy: the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.”

New study says glysophate should be banned

A new study cites significant health and environmental risks with glysophate, the main ingredient used in Round Up, the most commonly used herbicide with genetically engineered crops. A summary of the study can be found at:

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Why_Glyphosate_Should_be_Banned.php

Pesticide Use Rises as Herbicide-resistant Weeds Undermine Performance of Major GE Crops

 

http://cahnrsnews.wsu.edu/2012/10/01/pesticide-use-rises-as-herbicide-resistant-weeds-undermine-performance-of-major-ge-crops-new-wsu-study-shows/

Amid all the furore about the Seralini study, another study came out on October 1st which you may have missed – pesticide use has actually increased with the use of some GE crops.

PULLMAN, Wash. — A study published this week by Washington State University research professor Charles Benbrook finds that the use of herbicides in the production of three genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops — cotton, soybeans and corn — has actually increased. This counterintuitive finding is based on an exhaustive analysis of publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. Benbrook’s analysis is the first peer-reviewed, published estimate of the impacts of genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-resistant (HT) crops on pesticide use. Continue reading

Are Bt toxins safe to eat?

Apparently not! Check out this link

http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/are-bt-toxins-safe-eat

Good news: court to review safety of Roundup

Court demands Health Canada re-examine pesticide

The Canadian Press

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/11/22/pesticide-review-roundup.html

A court has ordered Health Canada to reconsider its decision not to review the effects of a popular herbicide, a ruling that some say will strengthen the public’s hand in forcing the government to answer environmental concerns.

“We put a crack in the door,” said Josette Wier, who took the government to court after a forestry company began spraying Roundup from airplanes near her Smithers, B.C., home. “That door was locked — it was impossible.” Continue reading

Greenpeace summary on Roundup

Read this excellent resource on the dangers of Roundup:

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/publications/agriculture/2011/363%20-%20GlyphoReportDEF-LR.pdf

Biotech giants promoting dangerous pesticides?

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1122020/monsanto_bayer_and_dow_face_trial_for_systematic_human_rights_abuses.htmlThe world’s major agrochemical companies, Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, DuPont and BASF, will face a public tribunal in early December accused of systematic human rights violations. Continue reading