Here’s an article about how North American wheat is regularly sprayed with RoundUp. The idea is that the Roundup dessicates the wheat so it’s easier to process. The same is regularly done with potatoes. So it’s not just Roundup resistant crops like canola that get sprayed with the stuff these days.
Be careful what you eat!
Texas has requested emergency use of hazardous herbicides to kill the super pigweed that has become resistant to Round Up Ready (TM). Where will this stop?
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A new study in a European environmental journal links glysophate, one of the products in Roundup Ready (TM) to kidney disease.
Read the article and download for free at http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/11/2/2125
Here is the summary:
The current chronic kidney disease epidemic, the major health issue in the rice paddy farming areas in Sri Lanka has been the subject of many scientific and political debates over the last decade. Although there is no agreement among scientists about the etiology of the disease, a majority of them has concluded that this is a toxic nephropathy. None of the hypotheses put forward so far could explain coherently the totality of clinical, biochemical, histopathological findings, and the unique geographical distribution of the disease and its appearance in the mid-1990s. A strong association between the consumption of hard water and the occurrence of this special kidney disease has been observed, but the relationship has not been explained consistently. Here, we have hypothesized the association of using glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the disease endemic area and its unique metal chelating properties. The possible role played by glyphosate-metal complexes in this epidemic has not been given any serious consideration by investigators for the last two decades. Furthermore, it may explain similar kidney disease epidemics observed in Andra Pradesh (India) and Central America. Although glyphosate alone does not cause an epidemic of chronic kidney disease, it seems to have acquired the ability to destroy the renal tissues of thousands of farmers when it forms complexes with a localized geo environmental factor (hardness) and nephrotoxic metals.
A new study argues that GE crops are not substantially equivalent to non-GE crops because of the substantial RoundUp (TM) residues found in them. In case you didn’t know, the Canadian government doesn’t require independent testing of GE crops because they are meant to be substantially equivalent.