Roundup herbicide faces big test!

Reuters Article:
Cancer cause or crop aid? Herbicide faces big test

By Carey Gillam

“Critics say it’s a chemical that could cause infertility or cancer, while others see it speeding the growth of super weeds and causing worrying changes to plants and soil. Backers say it is safe and has made a big contribution to food production.

It’s glyphosate, the key – but controversial – ingredient in Roundup herbicide and the top selling weed killer used worldwide. For more than 30 years, glyphosate has been embraced for its ability to make farming easier by wiping out weeds in corn, soybean and cotton fields, and for keeping gardens and golf courses pristine.

But the chemical touted as a safe, affordable and critical part of global food production, is now at a crossroads…..” read more.


  1. I am 63 years old. I moved to central IL in Nov 2009 to be closer to my aunt and cousins. I live in a small town surrounded by fields of roundup-ready corn and soybeans. Since spring of 2010 I have been almost incapacitated at times by shortness of breath, particularly when there is corn pollen in the air, and when the fields are disked or harvested. Considering that I moved from the LA basin, and before that lived next to the diesel-spewing largest rail shunt yard in the west, with NO breathing problems, this really puzzles me. I do have other pollen allergies, but they are the runny-nose type. My heart has been evaluated — it works great. My lungs have been evaluated — no COPD, no asthma, no obstruction, no tumors, no pneumonia — they work fine. I am doing pulmonary rehab to see if it will help. One possibility is that irritation by pollen, particulates, etc. causes spasms of the bronchial tubes. I think it’s the GMO crops around me. I don’t have a large disposable income and I’d rather give the money to you than to the doctors, hospitals, labs, etc.

  2. Yep. Monsanto uses the same playbook as the anti-global wanirmg and Philip Morris crowd. Same people too. Dennis T. Avery (born 24 October 1936) is the director of the Center for Global Food Issues at the Hudson Institute, where he edits Global Food Quarterly.A food policy analyst for the past 30 years, Dennis Avery began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, served on the staff of President Lyndon Johnson’s National Advisory Commission of Food and Fiber, and, prior to joining Hudson, was the senior agricultural analyst for the U.S. Department of State.[1] He is the author of several books, including the New York Times Bestseller Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years which he co-authored with Dr. S. Fred Singer of George Mason University in Virginia.Avery is an outspoken supporter of biotechnology, pesticides, irradiation, industrial farming, and free trade, as well as a long-time critic of organic farming and farm subsidies.[citation needed] He does not believe that DDT causes egg shell thinning in eagles.[2][3] Hudson Institute’s financial backers include major agricultural companies (e.g. ConAgra, Cargill) and pesticide manufacturers (e.g. Monsanto Company, DuPont, Dow-Elanco, Sandoz, Ciba-Geigy.[4] Wikipedia

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