EPA’s lost the impulse to protect

Theres been buzz for a while about the possibility of raising the acceptable residue limits of glyphosate (Roundup).  According to the Organic Consumers Association, “This month (May 2013) the EPA announced a final ruling to increase, yet again, the allowed residue limits in food and animal feed of glyphosate, the key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Under the ruling, the allowed glyphosate level in animal feed will rise to 100 parts per million (ppm) and 40 ppm in oilseed crops. Peer reviewed studies show rats fed diets as low as 2ppm of glyphosate were 70 percent to 80 percent more likely to develop tumors. Infertility, affecting both the sperm and the egg, was documented in animals subjected to glyphosate residue levels as low as .05 ppm. Birth defects in frog and chicken embryos resulted after being subjected to glyphosate residues of just 2.03 ppm.”

Monsanto hasn’t gotten to where it is today by overlooking its opposition.  In April of this year the journal Entropy published a study that claims, “Glyphosate is related to debilitating diseases like gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s”.  The study says the negative impact on the human body is “insidious and manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body… it may in fact be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.”  When your business plan foresees a rise in Roundup sales over the next 20 years and studies show your product to have a horrific effect on life, you know they’ll pull out all the stops to make sure they have policys in place to protect the growth of this monster company.  After all, they have shareholders and employees to protect!

We have until July 1st to tell the EPA they are making a huge mistake.

My struggle with a blog with such a specific goal such as going GMO free for a month is that the issue is larger than simply the seed that’s genetically modified… it’s the herbicides and pesticides used regardless of the seeds sowed.  Roundup is designed to work in partnership with Roundup ready seed so when the crop is sprayed the weeds die and the intended plant still stands.  Roundup is still used with other crops at the end or beginning of the next planting to clear the field and get a weed-free start. When higher levels of glyphosate are acceptable farmers are able to spray further into the growing season and sometimes right up until harvest time.  Obviously this makes for higher residue levels.  That’s just farmers… most homeowners have a bottle or two in their garage to keep the lawn and driveway clear of natures way.  Side note… my husband never fails to remind me how strong and virile some weeds are. Notice the specs of green in your yard during a drought. They are the weeds whose roots penetrate down deep into the soil where the moisture and nutrient levels are high. Most likely they’d be a good nutritious snack… Can’t say as much for the Kentucky Bluegrass.

The point… glyphosate is not your friend. We don’t need more of it. Tell the EPA to get out of bed with Monsanto and protect the people.

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