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ROUNDUP HERBICIDES AND YOU

Today I am writing about a subject very personal and close to my heart.  I have to warn you, this post is probably not for some of my readers, and if you want to stop reading and go to something else, I understand.  I hope to see you again on another subject, like antiques, decor, gardening, painting, etc.

I am a green environment advocate. One of the websites I follow is called GMWatch. What has me concerned about at the moment is Roundup and the chemical glyphosate, an active ingredient in the herbicide.   If you have been reading my blog about grains and glyphosate, you will remember I first found out earlier this year about farmers in the USA and some in Europe applying the chemical to their grain right before harvest…right before you eat it!. 

Roundup is applied at varying times during farming, before planting to kill off weeds,  while growing sometimes again to control weeds, and again right before harvest to kill the wet greens in the plant and weeds, THEN  harvest, making it easier to strip the grain out.

 I have found some suggestions online from various “scientific” and anecdotal expert’s comments. Some appear to speak for big agri-industry and others for the greenie and some from the new age health advocates. For example here

A well- known writer on the subject opines that it is not the gluten in wheat that is bothering some people but the chemicals put on the wheat.  And here ZAAAA

You should know that while many grains in the USA are GMO, wheat is NOT.  The DNA structure of the plant is therefore not the reason for the digestive, and health complaint made about wheat.  A few months back, I wrote about people experiencing digestive problems after eating bread. Some stated they could not eat bread comfortably in the USA but could eat bread overseas.  Some attributed the reason to Europe’s nonuse of Roundup.  However, that was misleading as many European countries do use roundup on crops and on wheat to allow the: “drying” up before harvest.

So Europe has no GMO wheat { and neither does the USA] and does use Roundup.    Europe does not have the huge Agri machine and does not use as much Roundup as our big Agri people use.

Furthermore, there is a difference in European and American wheat and grain.  Europe has a softer wheat species than the American variety and the Euopeans mill their grains finer than we do.

Now I am not saying that is the reason there does seem to be more complaints about gluten and what digestion over the past 10years.  But there have been more complaints.  The cause, I do not know

But I do know that California scientists and researcher tried VERY hard to get a label on  Roundup stating it was carcinogenic. See below:

 

“A California Appellate Court sided with the State of California and Center for Food Safety (CFS) on Thursday, affirming that Monsanto’s glyphosate pesticide can be listed as a known carcinogen under Proposition 65.

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Monsanto’s lawsuit challenged the 2015 announcement by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) that it intended to list glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, under California’s landmark Proposition 65.

Proposition 65 requires notification and labeling of all chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and prohibits their discharge into drinking waters of the state. CFS intervened in the case, defending the listing of glyphosate as a carcinogen and the public’s right to know when it is being exposed to cancer-causing chemicals.

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“This is a huge win for all Californians—and a huge loss for Monsanto—as it upholds our right to protect ourselves and our environment from unnecessary and unwanted exposure to the dangerous chemical, glyphosate,” said Adam Keats, senior attorney at CFS.

Glyphosate is a broad spectrum herbicide that is widely used in agriculture, parks, home gardens, and residential landscapes. It is the most heavily used pesticide in the world, in large part due to the proliferation of Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops that are resistant to glyphosate.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.” California subsequently issued the notice of intent to list glyphosate as a Proposition 65 chemical based on the IARC finding. Under Proposition 65, no person in the course of doing business may knowingly or intentionally expose any individual to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving a clear and reasonable warning. The discharge of such chemical into a source of drinking water is prohibited. With today’s court ruling, these protections will now be required for glyphosate products.

“All California consumers have the right to know that glyphosate is considered a probable carcinogen, and Proposition 65 ensures that the public obtains that knowledge,” concluded Rebecca Spector, West Coast Director at Center for Food Safety. ”We are pleased that the California Appellate Court prevented Monsanto’s attempt to keep the public in the dark about potential hazards from their products.”Here

The World Health Organization has stated roundup/Glyphosate was a probable carcinogen in 2015 and California and Monsanto went to court for over three years concerning this issue.  Now I  don’t know about you.  You have to make your own minds up here. But as a person who lived near a Superfund site in Ohio during in the 1970s and researched health issues for a local group, I can say from my experience: Neither the government nor industry play a fair, reasonable, or completely truthful game.  The bottom line IS money and experience. Just look at what history showed us about  Love Canal and what the 17 most toxic Superfund sites in Ohio have to show us
So I now try to eat healthier- I buy only organic most of the time.  I try to inform myself about varying food and environmental issues, I don’t just accept what I read-  if it seems a little off- I  research it more.  One of the first thing I do is to research the AUTHOR.  I do lean to using medical journals for my information and I look at who funds the researcher, I usually hold articles written by European universities in higher regard that American due to funding issues.
Bottom line, if you are still with me here, it would appear this issue does concern you.  I only ask that you look into the issues yourself and then make your own decision. And I do realize that on many of these issues there is no smoking gun.  I have chosen to act based on my experience and readings.
Recently Dublin Ireland decided to err on the side of caution and they are now NOT using Roundup on their cities green areas but have chosen an alternative for weed control.
More and more information about this herbicide and others is becoming known.  Please inform yourself.

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