Roundup weed killer

What Biotech Pesticides Are Doing to Our Bodies

Roundup weed killer is now turning up in rain and the air. And that has potentially devastating impacts on our health.

What Biotech Pesticides Are Doing to Our Bodies

Thanks to biotech firms, now even our storms are Roundup-ready.

The Roundup Hall of Shame

In addition to all the things Roundup is doing to our hormones, scientists have linked it to these other problems:

Nutritional Deficiencies
To kill weeds, glyphosate inhibits a plant's ability to take up trace minerals like manganese and magnesium. Those are things humans need to be healthy, and plant pathologists are noting a decline in nutrients in food since heavy pesticide use ensued. “[Glyphosate] is the most abused chemical we’ve ever had in agriculture,” veteran plant pathologist Don Huber, PhD, professor emeritus of Purdue University, told earlier this year. “We’re using chemical quantities we never would have imagined in the past.”

Birth Defects and Infertility
Scientists released a report earlier this summer citing evidence that Monsanto has known about Roundup's link to birth defects since the 1980s, when internal research found mutations in animals exposed to high doses. In a 2005 study involving human placental cells, Roundup affected synthesis of aromatase, the key enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen. If it's doing the same thing in human bodies, especially fetuses, it could alter sexual development and possibly lead to diseases linked to infertility, like polycystic ovarian syndrome. [Correction: The article previously indicated monkeys were involved in the 2005 study, but it was actually human placental cells.]

Superweed Spawn
Farmers were sold on Roundup Ready crops as chemical dealers promised less work and less chemical use. Unfortunately, as more weeds are exposed to Roundup, they are developing a resistance to it. These hard-to-kill superweeds are emerging, and farmers aren't able to destroy them, even when they dump even higher doses of pesticides on the crops.

Lower Crop Yields
In years of drought (and let's face it, we're experiencing more severe weather extremes these days), chemically treated fields perform worse than organically managed ones, despite promises from chemical companies that Roundup Ready crops perform better in extreme weather conditions. When conditions are more stable, organic farming and Roundup Ready farming methods yield the same amount of a given crop.

So how can you tell the chemical companies to keep Roundup out of our rain and our food?

• Eat organic. Eat healthy, organic food on a budget by purchasing organic fare directly from farmers when it's in season. Choose organic dried beans for a super-cheap and healthy protein source.

• Practice nontoxic weed control at home. Instead of reaching for Roundup or other lawn chemicals to kill weeds, try organic-approved BurnOut—its main ingredients are clove oil and food-grade vinegar. And start setting your mower deck to at least 3 inches. The longer grass length discourages weed growth.


Published on: September 9, 2011

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The reckless kind of farming

The reckless kind of farming has led to improved level of capacity the herbicide and the appearance of ‘superweeds’ – and thus improved revenue of glyphosate, the factor in Roundup, which farm owners have to use more and more of to be able to get the same impact.Atlanta Commercial Paving

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While the concentrations detected in rain and air are thousands of times less than what farmers dump onto field crops, emerging scientific evidence about what these chronic low-level exposures do to our bodies is cause for major concern, particularly among unborn babies and young children.if you want to know about property please see sell my house

Roundup - causing birth defects since the 1980s

The report showing that industry (including Monsanto) knew from its own studies as long ago as the 1980s that Roundup causes birth defects in lab animals:

Warren Porter

Would like a citation for Dr. Porter's comments on the USGS findings. Was this reported in an article, a tv interview, or what? Thanks

USGS website url

The url for the glyphosate in rain is:

Link to USGS study, please

Please provide a link to the USGS study referenced in this article, so readers can access it. Your editorial doesn't mention any of the concentrations of glyphosate (which is now sold generically by many other manufacturers besides Monsanto) found in the air and water. Where's the data? Thank you.

Pesticide definition

Hi there! Actually, pesticide includes herbicides:

a chemical preparation for destroying plant, fungal, or animal pests.


Roundup is not a pesticide - the title of this article is misleading.


Looks like Monsanto is trying to "round up" all of our chances at good health. Killing us softly, but surely. I may take a while.

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Eating organic is smart. But, eating organic is not easy. Products certified as USDA Organic may or may not be organic as defined by Rodale, we consumers, or even the federal regulations governing USDA Organic certification. To buy truly organic, buy local, in season, and from sources you trust.

Certifiers, such as the CCOF, publicly claim the right to certify as USDA Organic regardless of the law. (Most produce coming out of CA since 2000 through this crop year do not meet certification requirements according to USDA AMS NOP documents as well as according to the CCOF.) The only thing USDA Organic provides assurance of is a much higher price to consumers and even higher profits for the producers.

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