03 May '11, 4pm

Finally! Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide Comes Under Fire: EPA Reviews for Safety and Boulder Discontinues Use

Finally! Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide Comes Under Fire: EPA Reviews for Safety and Boulder Discontinues Use

evidence began to emerge in the 1980s that "what glyphosate does is, essentially, give a plant AIDS." Just like AIDS, which cripples a human's immune system, glyphosate makes plants unable to mount a defense against pathogens in the soil. Without its defense mechanisms functioning, the plants succumb to pathogens in the soil and die. Furthermore, glyphosate has an impact on microorganisms in the soil, helping some and hurting others. This is potentially problematic for farmers, as the last thing one would want is a buildup of pathogens in the soil where they grow crops... "It's not uncommon to find one to three pounds of glyphosate per acre in agricultural soils in the Midwest," says Huber, noting that this represents one to three times the typical amount of glyphosate applied to a field in a year. Huber says these facts about glyphosate are very well known scientifically ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/monsantos-roundup...

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