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Mar 12, 2012 - 19 comments

Monsanto's Roundup assaults the planetary biosphere
Microorganisms are responsible for much more than just the health content of raw and fermented foods. The most numerous inhabitants in the web of life, microorganisms participate quite literally "at the root" of the nitrogen, phosphate, oxygen and carbon cycles, and are therefore indispensable for the health of the entire biosphere. Astoundingly, there are an estimated 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (6 x 10 to the 30th power) bacterial cells on the planet, and these soil microrganisms represent about 50 percent of the the total biodiversity in terms of numbers of species.

As Roundup usage threatens these soil microrganisms, including fungi and the mycellium (technically the largest organism in the world), it could lead to devastating implications. Compromising the health of the mycellium, in particular, may cause serious harm to the planet. According to prominent mycologist Paul Stamets, mycellium may actually act as a 'network' within the biosphere, acting as the Earth's 'natural internet' in which virtually all organisms may rely upon. It has been recognized throughout the ages that all life depends on the soil. Without healthy soil, the health of the entire planet is at risk.

Charles E. Kelogg was one individual who stated such in the USDA yearbook back in 1939. Kelogg said:

"Essentially, all life depends upon the soil ... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together."

Franklin Delano Roosevelt also voiced similar concerns, warning:

"The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself."

Based on an ever-increasing body of scientific evidence showing glyphosate biodegrades slowly, sinks down through the topsoil where it accumulates in the groundwater (source for natural drinking water, e.g. aquifers, springs), and is found in nearly all air and rain samples tested in the US, it is safe to say that Monsanto's best-selling Roundup is one of the greatest threats to human and environmental health ever created.

As the USDA continues to sit back and allow Monsanto to threaten the environmental stability of the planet, it becomes more apparent that the USDA and Monsanto are gladly willing to exchange the future of the planet and its inhabitants for short term gain. In fact, the USDA has even given Monsanto's latest GMO crops speedier approval in order to secure the company's profits, ignoring the numerous known harmful effects of Monsanto's past creations, e.g. Agent Orange, Aspartame, DDT.

The known effects of Roundup
The negative effects of Monsanto's Roundup on human health and the environment have been firmly established by numerous scientific studies and large-scale investigations, with scientists even linking the best-selling herbicide to conditions like infertility and cancer due to its genotoxic (DNA damaging) nature. Amazingly, even when diluted by 99.8 percent (450-fold lower dilutions than used in agricultural applications), Roundup still exhibits serious genotoxic characteristics and is harmful to the integrity of human DNA. Meanwhile, this carcinogenic herbicide product is used nationwide by unsuspecting homeowners and agricultural workers. According to the United States Geological Survey, 176 million lbs of glyphosate were used in the U.S. in 2007.

Outside of the public health realm, Roundup's startling environmental havoc is perhaps an even greater cause for concern. Despite being created to fend off weeds, Roundup is actually spawning resistant superweeds across millions of hectares (one hectare is 10,000 square metres), bankrupting farmers and destroying crop land. These resistant weeds currently cover over 4.5 million hectares in the United States alone, though experts estimate the world-wide land coverage to have reached at least 120 million hectares by 2010. The onset of superweeds is being increasingly documented in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa.

The research is clear: Roundup is not only harming human health and damaging farmland, it is threatening the very biosphere itself by destroying microbial biodiversity, with the future agricultural stability of the planet, i.e. the ability to produce food through monoculturing, at serious risk of collapsing.

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by FurballsMom, Mar 12, 2012
Wouldn't it be great if all farming practices, whether vegetarian or animal would have to be all organic once again?  There are natural ways to get rid of insect pests that don't harm the ecosystem or the environment.  It's been proven that these poisons aren't even needed.

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by margypops, Mar 12, 2012
You are so right FurballsMom ...maybe this will be a wake up call for us in the US ...its really appalling the junk out there , and hard to know what to eat for our health ..those GMO's are appalling, and its shameful they are not by law made to put it on the labels for us to see, Walmart is starting to sell  GMO sweet corn on the Cob  just in time for the summer season, not a word that they are genetically modified .

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by opus88, Mar 13, 2012
hi Margy can add this site as well to the evils of Roundup and GMO's

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by margypops, Mar 13, 2012
Thank you opus for that link it is very relevant Dr Mercola is correct  here are his words ......

    Have you ever used Roundup to kill weeds in your lawn or garden?

    As the most widely used herbicide in the United States, there's a good chance you have.

    In fact, millions of pounds are used every year on U.S. gardens, lawns and, extensively on farms growing genetically modified (GM) "Roundup Ready" crops.

    You may forget about the herbicide soon after you spray it -- and may never give it a second thought when consuming corn chips or countless processed foods that contain GM Roundup Ready corn and soy -- but it doesn't just magically disappear.

    Instead, new research is showing that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, is contaminating everything from food and air to groundwater and even human beings.

Glyphosate Now Detected in Human Urine

    Research in the German journal Ithaca revealed significant concentrations of glyphosate in the urine samples of city dwellers.

    The chemical is used not only for food production, but also is often sprayed onto railway lines, urban pavements and roadsides.

    The article revealed that study participants had concentrations of glyphosate that were 5 to 20 times the limit for drinking water!

    This is an alarming finding because glyphosate is easily one of the world's most overlooked poisons. Research published in 2010 showed that the chemical, which works by inhibiting an enzyme called EPSP synthase that is necessary for plants to grow, causes birth defects in frogs and chicken embryos at far lower levels than used in agricultural and garden applications.i

    The malformations primarily affected the:

        Midline and developing brain
        Spinal cord

    Quite shockingly, the amount of glyphosate residue you can be exposed to through food is remarkably high, in terms of being close to the maximum residue limit (MRL) allowed. According to a report in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, the highest MRL for glyphosate in food and feed products in the EU is 20 mg/kg. GM soybeans have been found to contain residue levels as high as 17 mg/kg, and malformations in frog and chicken embryos occurred at 2.03 mg/kg!ii

    That's 10 times lower than the MRL.

    Other independent scientific research has also found that glyphosate has the potential to cause grave health damage, including a 2009 study that tested formulations of Roundup that were highly diluted (up to 100,000 times or more) on human cells, and even then the cells died within 24 hours!iii

    The researchers hailed a warning cry that still has not been heard by regulators around the world, who continue to allow massive amounts of Roundup to be sprayed into the environment:

        " … the proprietary mixtures available on the market could cause cell damage and even death around residual levels to be expected, especially in food and feed derived from [Roundup] formulation-treated crops."

    Not to mention, when applied to crops glyphosate becomes systemic throughout the plant, so it cannot be washed off. And once you eat this crop, the glyphosate ends up in your gut where it can decimate your beneficial bacteria. This can wreak havoc with your health as 80 percent of your immune system resides in your gut (GALT – Gut Associated Lymph Tissue) and is dependent on a healthy ratio of good and bad bacteria! Separate research has also uncovered the following effects from glyphosate:

Endocrine disruption DNA damage
Developmental toxicity Neurotoxicity
Reproductive toxicity Cancer
What Happened to Monsanto's Claims That Roundup is "Biodegradable" and "Environmentally Friendly"?

    It is apparent the chemical is not only persisting in the environment, it's persisting at alarmingly high levels, despite Monsanto's claims to the contrary. (In 2009, a French court upheld two earlier convictions against Monsanto for false advertising.)

    The overall quantity of glyphosate in the environment has been difficult to analyze due to its physicochemical properties, such as its relatively low molecular weight and low organic solvent solubility. Furthermore, since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stopped updating its pesticide use database in 2008, it's becoming increasingly difficult to estimate how much glyphosate is actually used in the US, but the following 2006-2007 market usage estimates were reported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011:iv

        Agricultural market used 180 to 185 million pounds of glyphosate
        Home and garden market: 5 to 8 million pounds
        Industry, commerce and government: 13 to 15 million pounds

    It's safe to say that usage has increased steadily since these estimates were made, rising right along with the acreage of GM crops. And now the environment and our bodies are paying the price.

    One recent study used a magnetic particle immunoassay to test for the presence of glyphosate in roughly 140 samples of groundwater from Catalonia, Spain. The analysis found that glyphosate was present above the limit of quantification in 41 percent of the samples.v Of course, because groundwater is used as a drinking water source, this contamination poses a risk to animals, plants and humans alike.

    The chemical was also detected in 60 to 100 percent of all air and rain samples tested during two growing seasons in Mississippi and Iowa,vi which lends further credence to the fact that Roundup does not readily break down in the environment, but rather is lingering all around us. Along with the potential implications for human and animal health, the chemical is also linked to a number of devastating environmental consequences, including Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a serious plant disease, and the creation of superweeds.

    Today there are more than 750 products in the United States that contain glyphosate, and the problems to human health and the environment are only slated to get worse if drastic changes are not made in the massive use of Roundup herbicide across the United States.

You Can Help Curb the Use of Glyphosate by Avoiding GMOs

    It's important to avoid the use of Roundup on your lawn and garden, but on a larger scale the best way to fight back against this chemical is by boycotting the GM crops that were developed for its use. Several organizations, including, the Organic Consumers Association, the Institute for Responsible Technology, and the Environmental Working Group, are working to generate a tipping point of consumer rejection to make GMOs a thing of the past.

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by opus88, Mar 13, 2012
great Margy....did you copy all that out or how on earth do you get it to 'insert' like that?????
still learnin!! ♥

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by margypops, Mar 13, 2012
LOL ....secret... I wished it there  no I have learned to copy ....

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by TwoBitsMom, Mar 13, 2012
You guys are right on....!  Chemicals are killing this world, and those of us who live on it...!
Practice and Buy Organic...!
We will all benefit from it.

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by margypops, Mar 13, 2012
You got it  TwoBitsMom   I do when I can but like everything costs the earth I read labels more than I used to aswell ..Between The GMO's and the Chem trails ..we are being bombarded with toxins ..

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by adgal, Mar 13, 2012
This whole increased use of chemicals, etc. actually scares the heck out of me.  I now shop at the local farmers markets and try to buy organic, but as a middle class family, good gosh that's expensive to do.  In our city they have now banned the spraying of pesticides for things like dandelions.  I suppose it's a start, but still...I truly worry about what I am feeding my son and the long term impact of all these pesticides on his health.  But with mass spraying, even buying organic doesn't seem to solve the problem.  How do you get around this?  Scary.

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by margypops, Mar 13, 2012
I think many are growing their own ..which must help but one cannot use earth that toxins like Roundup have been used on to kill weeds ..It is a real problem especially for children as experts say there are long term effects . Best is really to make sure food is organic and read all labels .there is a push to make Monsanto label their foods to tell folks that they are GMO's and sprayed with pesticides. Horrible is't it parents shouldn't have this to worry about.. Makes me so angry and all to do with control and making money matter what the cost to any of us ......

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by orphanedhawk, Mar 13, 2012
As long as corporate profits are placed above public health we are going to have these problems.
Congress is in bed with Wall street so we cannot rely on our legislators to do their job, they no longer work for us.

To begin to create change, everyone who can, should grow a garden. It doesn't take much space and even where the land is polluted, raised beds, protected from soil contamination by a protective barrier, can make urban gardens a possibility.
We all need to grow what we can, share our open pollinated seeds, and step by step head towards self sufficiency.

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by adgal, Mar 13, 2012
Actually, raised beds is what we are doing this year.  We don't have tonnes of space unfortunately, but are going to do at least a few veggies.  We are also looking into container gardens so we can grow all year round.  Pretty simple stuff happily.  

I just worry because the problem seems to go beyond that.  We are meat eaters and even buying free range isn't the answer.  These animals digest many of these pesticides. We are seeing earlier and earlier development in girls due to milk being loaded with hormones.  It's just out of control.  Tomatoes are being injected with red dye to make them look redder.  People are worried about spots on fruits and veggies...and look what they are now getting instead.  So scary.

I know that the world is heading towards a food shortage crisis.  Much of the farmland has been over used without the appropriate time to lie fallow.  So truth be told, I see the rational behind gmo's - it's just not what I want to feed my family.  I guess it's a bit of a catch 22, but surely there is a better way.  And the pesticides?  Makes me think of that line in a song I like "I don't care about spots on my apples, give me the birds and the bees".  I think the name of the song is Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot.  

Anyway, I don't think there is anyway to completely get around it unless you are able to be completely self sufficient food wise.  And that is what worries me...there is no way to get it completely out of our lives.

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by adgal, Mar 13, 2012
Oh, and I should add...I would really love to see local small farmers better supported.  The huge corporate farming operations are putting them out of business.  I know that having them stay around won't solve the food shortage problem, but surely it would help decrease the need for products like GMO.  Both my husband and I come from a long line of farming families, and no one is staying in it anymore.  They just cannot survive.  Sad.

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by Piparskeggr, Mar 13, 2012
I'm a great believer that the wholesale, unfettered residential and recreational use of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizer ought be illegal.

In example, a LAWN is highly unnatural and the maintenance thereof with chemicals poisons our habitat, making where we live unfit for future use.  I have a yard, if it's green, it mows.  No artificial enhancements from Monsanto, DuPont, Bayer or the other mega-poisoners.

I will Spot Treat with insecticides, using toxins that are as harmless to mammals as possible.

The same with any plant foods I use.

...and the song is "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell:

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by orphanedhawk, Mar 13, 2012
It's easy to keep chickens. You feed them your food scraps, the provide natural fertilizer for your garden, give you eggs and possibly even meat. They don't take much space and you don't need a rooster to get eggs.

I cut and pasted this to share:

Novella Carpenter has a farm on a dead-end street in the ghetto of Oakland, CA. On GhostTown Farm, she has raised vegetables, chickens, rabbits, ducks, goats, turkeys, pigs, and bees. Her work has appeared in,, and Food and Wine magazine. She is also a member of the Biofuel Oasis Cooperative, a biodiesel station and urban farming feed store in Berkeley, CA. Her next book, due out in February 2011 is a how-to urban farm manual, written with Willow Rosenthal of City Slicker Farms. She keeps a blog about happenings on GhostTown Farm at

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by adgal, Mar 13, 2012
My husband and one of his closest friends often talk of buying an acreage and becoming completely self sufficient.  His friends girlfriend and I like to tease them about it, but maybe it's the way to go.  Right now we are right in the city, and I don't think it's legal to keep farm animals...maybe I am wrong, but I do think it's against our by laws.  I don't know the answers, but I do know that what is happening just isn't right for any of us.  And I fully support the fact that we all need to do our part (we also don't use any chemical fertilizers or pesticides..not ever), but we still have to get these large corporations to stop as well.  I mean, I would think that with all of that stuff being used in such mass quantities, it has to be making its way into "my backyard" even though we don't use it.  So the question is, how do we get them to cease and desist.  Is it even possible?

Thanks for the proper song title Pip, I love that song!  And so appropriate for this discussion I think.

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by margypops, Mar 14, 2012
Another problem we are up against are the rules and regulations put into place   I have copied this....  Hostility towards individuals who grow food in their suburban or semi-rural backyards appears to be on the rise, this time in the New Jersey township of Chatham. Officials there have twice cited Mike Bucuk, a 24-year-old organic farmer, for the crime of growing vegetables in his backyard and giving the surplus away to his neighbors for free. The town has even ordered Mike to stop attending to his three-acre plot of crops, thanks to a concerted legal effort spawned by a disgruntled neighbor.

Learn more:        My point being it is getting harder and harder to do what we want on our own land ., thats a great song Pip thanks ..

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by margypops, Mar 18, 2012
So the feds are doing their best to discourage Americans from growing our own food. What, precisely are they trying to do? Make us dependent upon the Soviets Russians and Chinese? Or are they planning a Holodomor? Starvation is, of course, the most efficient way to murder millions, as Nikita Kruschev, Josef Stalin, and Mao Zedong all discovered.

Whatever they're planning, it's unconstitutional in the extreme. NOWHERE in the Constitution of the United States of America is the Federal Government, any branch of it, authorized to tell us if, how, when, or where to farm. The Federal Government incursions into such spaces isn't just unconstitutional and immoral, I would argue IT IS TREASON.

Whether it's legislation, regulations, or executive orders, confiscation or prohibition of those things and actions which are needed for life and liberty are inherently unconstitutional, and they violate natural law, as well. Anybody trying such things should be imprisoned, and if they're in a position of public trust, such as the White House, they should be tried and executed for treason.

That goes for gardening, farming, transporting pest- and disease-free food, producing, storing, and processing food and drink, etc. Restricting one's citizens' ability to cost-effectively refrigerate and transport food and drink, though high energy prices, is arguably the same thing. Rather than merely being criminal, it's treason, and a war crime.

The only question is which people will be willing to defend what is rightfully theirs? Some will scrape and bow, and then starve to death, withering away without a fight. Some will consent, then fight with their neighbors for scraps while they slowly ebb away.

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by margypops, Mar 19, 2012
Agricultural Terrorism  this is another article I found about Monsnanto and Government
Monsanto is the largest producer of genetically engineered seeds.

Monsanto should be named an enemy of the State. It’s definitely an enemy of the people. Instead, the company has essentially become another branch of government.

Monsanto is engaged in government-sponsored agricultural terrorism. It’s government-sponsored because there is a revolving door between the company, the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and firms that lobby Congress on Monsanto’s behalf. Dow, Bayer, other chemical companies and Big Agriculture are Monsanto’s co-conspirators in agricultural terrorism.

In addition to contaminating our food supply with pesticides, hormones and genetic modifications, water supplies are being contaminated as well — even for those who live in the city far away from farmland. And anyone trying to grow crops uncontaminated by Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) frankenseeds can be slapped with a lawsuit if the prevailing winds or pollinating insects cause pollen from Monsanto-patented crops to mingle with non-Monsanto GE crops.

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