Ethan A. Huff ~ The Facts on Glyphosate, “Satan’s Molecule”

Here’s what I don’t get: a surprising number of people who eat organic food, who frequent Farmer’s Markets and believe in “permaculture” and “natural everything,” have suggested we use Roundup to get rid of poison ivy on our property. Because somehow Roundup “painted on” a noxious weed doesn’t count or “isn’t that toxic.”

Likewise, “environmentalists” in San Francisco’s East Bay Area advocate “painting” Roundup and an even more toxic chemical on clear cut eucalyptus tree stumps as a sustainable way of managing an invasive species. Ummmmm, personally, I will learn to live with an invasive species before I will voluntarily spew death and mutant causing chemicals on my lawn or near my food supplies. Not coincidentally, my dad still has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, mentioned below, developed after a summer of Roundup use a few years ago.

I also knew a woman in Sedona who had almost died after living near a golf course and walking there every morning with her little dog, who did die of cancer within months of their move. This friend had recovered and moved away from her Florida golf course home by the time I met her, but she was passionate about body cleansing. Her medically verified toxin load from the golf course weedkillers and chemical fertilizers was so high that she had previously lost all of her hair and double digit weight without chemotherapy. Her life was forever changed by that “luxury” home with the pristine expanse of thick, weedless “lawn.” Even many years later, she needs to remain vigilant to stay ahead of the toxic load on her liver. No alcohol, only organic foods, regular cleansing — or she literally can’t function. She’s a walking miracle that never would have needed to occur had she not lived near such laudably poisonous conditions.

I can (sort of) understand less informed people using Roundup and other toxic chemicals after watching advertisements or reading the packages. What stymies me is the internal switch that seems to click in otherwise well-informed and passionately organic people who “love the Earth.” Somehow, their use of Roundup magically won’t funnel money into what has been voted the most evil corporation on the planet, and — equally mystifying — their use of Roundup won’t possibly escape into the soil or pollute their own, carefully managed, otherwise organic food crops. Likewise, in the Bay Area, the “painting” of 1,400 pounds of Roundup on stumps and spraying it (and worse) into the air won’t in any way pollute the local watershed, land or air.

Really?!?!!!! How marvelous! For those who think “just this once” won’t hurt, have a look at some sobering facts below. Thanks, G!

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Ethan A. Huff ~ The Facts On Glyphosate, ‘Satan’s Molecule’
Natural News, July 16, 2013

The most widely used pesticide chemical in the world, glyphosate has been a target of environmental protection and human rights groups alike for many years now. And rightly so, as glyphosate, which is widely marketed and sold under the Monsanto-owned brand Roundup, is linked to causing cell damage, genetic mutations, miscarriages, behavioral disorders, reproductive damage, immune disease, cancer, and death.

All of this and more is revealed in a 2004 paper published in the Journal of Pesticide Reform, which highlights many of the dirty little secrets about glyphosate that you will never hear about from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or any other regulatory authority for that matter. While the EPA and others are busy arbitrarily declaring glyphosate to be safe enough to eat, real scientists are uncovering the many horrors associated with exposure to this pervasive chemical.

Glyphosate was created to kill life

By its very nature, glyphosate has been designed to squelch life before it can even begin. Monsanto’s own background and marketing materials for glyphosate explain how the chemical blocks plants from producing the nutrients they need to survive, effectively killing them. And this chemical solution is being indiscriminately spread across tens of millions of acres of crop land every single year in the U.S., which is leading to massive dead zones of lifeless soil and polluted earth.

“Glyphosate blocks the activity of an enzyme used by plants to make certain important amino acids,” explains the glyphosate fact sheet. “Without these amino acids, the plant cannot make proteins required for various life processes, resulting in the death of the plant. Glyphosate is a broad spectrum herbicide, so it kills most types of plants.”

Did you catch that? Taken literally, this succinct description reveals glyphosate to be nothing more than a life-destroying poison. Natural, living organisms, in other words, do not stand a chance when it comes to being exposed to this chemical – only genetically-modified (GM) plants that have been artificially programmed to resist glyphosate are able to survive, and this at the monumental expense of the greater ecosystem in which they reside.

Commercial glyphosate formulas contain dozens of highly-toxic ‘inert’ ingredients

But glyphosate itself is not the only major cause for concern when it comes to the chemical’s use. As it turns out, Roundup and many other commercial glyphosate formulas are also loaded with all sorts of so-called “inert” ingredients that are not indicated on the label. As highlighted in the glyphosate report, these inert ingredients typically carry with them their own toxicity, triggering many of the same harmful side effects as glyphosate in isolation.

5-Chloro-2-methyl 3(2H)-isothiazolone, for instance, is a chemical component used in Roundup that has been linked to causing both allergic reactions and genetic damage in laboratory tests. And 3-Iodo-2-propynyl butyl carbamate, a biocide often used in glyphosate formulas, has been shown to cause thyroid damage and growth abnormalities in test subjects. Other harmful glyphosate ingredients include petroleum distillates, polyoxyethylene alkylamine, and methyl p-hydroxybenzoate, which are linked to fertility problems, genetic damage, and other harm.

“Four laboratory studies published in the late 1990s demonstrated the ability of glyphosate and glyphosate-containing herbicide products to cause genetic damage,” adds the report. “(And) three recent studies have demonstrated a link between glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer.”

Soil persistence, water contamination, drift, damage to plants and animals, and “superweeds” are among the many other major causes of concern with regards to glyphosate. None of these issues has ever been properly addressed by governing authorities, and yet glyphosate continues to increase in use year after year.

Be sure to read the entire report on glyphosate as published in the Journal of Pesticide Reform by visiting: http://www.pesticide.org

Sources for this article include

http://www.pesticide.org
http://www.naturalnews.com
http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org

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