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Monsanto's Roundup starting to show problemsPosted Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 10:08 AM
It is amazing to me how things can be "spun" to say about anything you want about a subject. IN all fairness, my words as well, so it is ever important that people read and learn about topics that concern the environment, politics, humanity, etc.
Many years ago, sustainable and organic farmers were known as "nut-cases" for their belief that herbicides and pesticides would eventually cause untold damage to our environment and people. Nah, they did not have anything behind their beliefs, could not prove it, so the big money came up with spin on how their chemicals were safe.
We are continuously being shown how wrong "big money" is and how right the "nut cases" are. Read this about Roundup. I actually heard a fellow say on a presentation that Roundup was safe enough to drink, although I don't recall any cocktails being made from it at the meeting. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/busine...
"Roundup Ready crops that were genetically modified to tolerate the chemical, allow farmers to spray their fields to kill the weeds while leaving the crop unharmed. Today, Roundup Ready crops account for about 90 percent of the soybeans and 70 percent of the corn and cotton grown in the United States."
This is a scary statistic. We have become dependent on a seed supplier that mutated their genes to withstand an herbicide, but now weeds are doing the same thing. We will need stronger herbicides to beat the newcomers and then stronger and stronger and.... where does it end?
In all fairness, here is the Monsanto site so you can read the "warm & fuzzy" spin they put on their products. http://www.monsanto.com/default.asp
I could go on and on about this stuff, but my small voice will not stop it when thousands have voiced their objections in the past, present and will in the future.
It is literally "enough to make you sick". Ever wonder why we seem to have so much cancer and so much increase in other immune deficient diseases? Yes, I know, I can't prove it, but I would rather take the safe side and not the "sorry" side..
I apologize to any farmers I offend by these comments, but I believe strongly that the chemical companies are not our "best buddy" because they want to save the world from starvation. They are not our best buddies at all and the sustainable/organic movement needs to help them see the error of their ways.
Our daughter's life and future generations will be in the balance.
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