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Why is San Francisco spraying toxic pesticides in public parks and playgrounds?

Why is San Francisco spraying toxic pesticides in public parks and playgrounds?

Glyphosate, known commercially as “Roundup” is an herbicide created and patented by Monsanto back in 1970 . It is now the world’s most popular herbicide, and is used on everything from mass-produced soybeans and corn to backyard lawns. (Since there seems to be some confusion about the terminology here; “pesticide” versus “herbicide” – I feel like I should clarify. Herbicides are a type of pesticide that kills unwanted plants. There are many different types of pesticides, including fungicides, insecticides, nematicides, herbicides – they are all pesticides.) Major agriculture companies rely on Glyphosate, which is why they’re increasingly turning to Monsanto GMO “Roundup Ready” seeds – seeds that have been genetically modified to be resistant to Roundup. Roundup also very popular with American homeowners, who use it to defend their lawns and yard from weeds, and with city p...

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