Saturday, August 5, 2017

Glyphosate in the News!

Glyphosate, the leading active ingredient in Roundup® weedkiller, is back in the news.   Most foods that are genetically engineered today are engineered to withstand applications of glyphosate, which the U. N. has called a "probable carcinogen, " and which California is  adding to it's list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

Recently we have learned of foods being marketed with traces of this toxic product.   Arguments persist as to whether these levels are safe.  We urge readers to examine some of these websites and make up their own minds about the level of risk they find acceptable for themselves and their families.

We are also including some links about similar situations involving another toxic weed killer, diacamba. (see item 4 below).

1. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/dining/ben-and-jerrys-ice-cream-herbicide-glyphosate.html This article, published in the New York Times on July 25, 2017, discusses findings of glyphosate in Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

Embedded in this article is a short video (less than 7 minutes long) about the history of Roundup and glyphosate.  You can also see the video here: https://vimeo.com/225617345

2.  https://www.organicconsumers.org/essays/dirty-dairy-why-consumers-need-force-ben-and-jerrys-go-organic

This article from Organic Consumers Association throws more light on the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream situation and suggests specific corrective action steps for consumers.

3.  http://fortune.com/2017/06/26/california-monsanto-roundup-cancer/
This was recently published in Fortune Magazine about California's latest actions regarding glyphosate.

4.  http://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i29/Arkansas-Missouri-ban-dicamba-herbicide.html?type=paidArticleContent
and
https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2017/pesticides-07-07-2017b.php
and
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/08/01/487809643/crime-in-the-fields-how-monsanto-and-scofflaw-farmers-hurt-soybeans-in-arkansas

Arkansas and Missouri have taken similar actions with respect to another agricultural chemical, dicamba.

We will continue to update this post and add others from time to time, but the links above will give you basic information.