“Due to economic considerations,” a farmer told me recently, “I spray Roundup on my fields four times a year. I used to spray only once.”
Hmm, I thought to myself, this isn’t good. Why not? Isn’t Roundup safe? Monsanto says so, millions think so, and Roundup is daily sprayed around the world onto crops humans regularly eat. Yet consider this: in June of 2009, an Environmental Health News article reported:
“University of Pittsburg ecologists added Roundup at the manufacturer’s recommended dose to ponds filled with frog and toad tadpoles. When they returned two weeks later, they found that 50 to 100 percent of the populations of several species of tadpoles had been killed.”
Thus, Monsanto’s popular herbicide — even “at the manufacturer’s recommended dose” — can terminate more than weeds. Is it safe? Ask those dead tadpoles. Brace yourself. It gets much worse. To start with, the same Environmental Health News article also stated that “researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells” too. So for me, no matter what Monsanto’s toxicologist ...