Here We Go Again.
A European blogger has published as fact and linked to less than believable sites as a source about the dangers of herbicides and GM crops. Opinions are just that an opinion. Don’t try to baffle me with unprovable BS.
Jerry Alatalo (an author) is most certainly Anti-GMO, Herbicide, Pesticide. In truth I have no problem with what he personally believes. However I do take offense when he or any other Self Proclaimed Expert asserts wild claims of dangers from the use of Herbicides, Pesticides and from GM crops without provable facts that can not be reproduced in a different lab by other scientist.
Follow The Money. From searching his website it seems that he makes a nice income from writing and publishing fear mongering books and paid lectures.
As with chemical company sponsored research, I find this guy’s opinions to be questionable. Never put your full trust in research or opinion papers(books) that is generating money for the researchers or for authors writing Pro or Con about a product.
One more time, Glyphosate was first synthesized in 1950 by Swiss chemist Henry Martin, who worked for the Swiss company Cilag. Glyphosate was independently discovered by John E. Franzat a Monsanto researcher in 1970 and introduced for field use in 1974.
Some glyphosate manufacturers include Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, Du Pont, Cenex/Land O’Lakes, Helena, Monsanto, Platte, Riverside/Terra, and Zeneca.(thank you wikipeda)
Glyphosate products are registered in more than 130 countries and are approved for weed control in more than 100 different crops. No other herbicide active ingredient compares in terms of number of approved uses.
News that is note worthy. Monsanto Purchases World’s Largest Vegetable Seed Company, Organic Seed Alliance.
Glyphosate herbicide, AquaMaster™, is approved for weed control in aquatic evironments, including ponds and reservoirs, waterfowl sanctuaries and recreational waterways. Only a few herbicides have toxicological and environmental characteristics that allow them to be directly applied to aquatic vegetation. The AquaMaster™ formulation was selected to rid the Florida Everglades of invasive weeds.
Source Background History of Monsanto’s Glyphosate
John Franz, the Monsanto scientist who first identified the herbicidal activity of glyphosate,, in 1987, received the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor for technical achievement at which time the original Roundup® agricultural herbicide was recognized for its impact “upon the production of agricultural food and fiber as well as agricultural practices throughout the world.” Very few agricultural technologies have won the nation’s technology award.
In 1996, Monsanto received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development. The White House recognized Monsanto for “pioneering sustainable technologies,” which included the development of such products as the original Roundup herbicide. 1996, Monsanto also received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for environmentally responsible systems used in the manufacture of glyphosate herbicides.
Farm Chemicals magazine, in its September 1994 100th anniversary edition, called the original Roundup® herbicide one of the “Top 10 Products That Changed the Face of Agriculture.”
Did You Know. All pesticides sold or distributed in the United States must be registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), based on scientific studies showing that they can be used without posing unreasonable risks to people or the environment. The law requires pesticides that were first registered years ago be reregistered periodically to ensure that they meet the current standards. Glyphosate was re-registered in September 1993 after EPA reviewed new studies and concluded that the use of glyphosate based herbicides in accordance with label directions would “not pose unreasonable risks or adverse effects to humans or the environment.”
The EPA considers glyphosate to be noncarcinogenic and relatively low in dermal and oral acute toxicity. The EPA considered a “worst case” dietary risk model of an individual eating a lifetime of food derived entirely from glyphosate sprayed fields with residues at their maximum levels. This model indicated that no adverse health effects would be expected under such conditions.
The European Commission’s review of the data conducted in 2002 concluded equivocal evidence existed of a relationship between glyphosate exposure during pregnancy and cardiovascular malformations, however, a review published in 2013 found the evidence “fails to support a potential risk for increased cardiovascular defects as a result of glyphosate exposure during pregnancy.”
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