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Heavy use of herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers: U.S. study
Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:49pm EDT | Carey Gillam

Posted on 04/26/2013 10:17:52 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Heavy use of the world’s most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson’s, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that residues of “glyphosate,” the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, which is sprayed over millions of acres of crops, has been found in food.

Those residues enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease, according to the report, authored by Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Anthony Samsel, a retired science consultant from Arthur D. Little, Inc. Samsel is a former private environmental government contractor as well as a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Food; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: cancer; environmentalists; herbicide; infertility; monsanto; parkinsons; roundup; weedkiller

1 posted on 04/26/2013 10:17:52 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

This is just more bullsh-t!


2 posted on 04/26/2013 10:20:22 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Olog-hai

With America now designated as “The Home of Abortion”, I don’t know why anyone would be worried about infertility.


3 posted on 04/26/2013 10:21:32 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I got expelled from the "fundamental transformation" indoctrination center.)
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To: IbJensen

Having had cancer myself, I question the wisdom to spray everything in the world with chemicals and hope it all washes away..

not that I am against roundup... but it does make one wonder why the dramatic rises in such maladies over the last century...


4 posted on 04/26/2013 10:23:28 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: wyowolf

I’ve beat cancer twice and would blame flying in a jet before I’d blame DDT, insecticides, weed killers and Johns Manville.


5 posted on 04/26/2013 10:27:53 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Olog-hai

I think spraying it on a few cracks in the driveway is one thing, and spraying it over millions of acres and then ingesting the produce is something else again.


6 posted on 04/26/2013 10:28:13 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Olog-hai

It’s often used with genetically selected (not engineered) crops. The special crops are selected for their immunity to the herbicide.

While it becomes much easier to grow crops, I’m sure more traces of the chemicals will show up in our food.

The effects of the chemicals are debatable but I prefer 100% natural local farm grown. You can’t go wrong with natural and the flavor is definitely not debatable.


7 posted on 04/26/2013 10:30:31 AM PDT by varyouga
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Poison is bad for people?
Spraying it on food causes to end up inside us?
Get out.


8 posted on 04/26/2013 10:30:45 AM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Olog-hai

I use Round Up in my garden and I have noticed that I have not had any dandelions or other weeds in my hair recently. Maybe I am building up some toxicity.


9 posted on 04/26/2013 10:33:29 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: varyouga
I understand that sentiment. Especially after discovering that the roots of today’s “agribusiness” are in the Ten Planks of Communism as written in the Manifesto.
  1. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the State; the bringing into cultivation of wastelands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
  2. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
  3. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country. …

10 posted on 04/26/2013 10:35:37 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Entropy is a “journal” that will publish just about anything that the author is willing to pay to print.


11 posted on 04/26/2013 10:36:35 AM PDT by Kent1957
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To: varyouga
It’s often used with genetically selected (not engineered) crops. The special crops are selected for their immunity to the herbicide.

Oh, it's definitely being used on genetically engineered crops on a monumental scale, crops engineered to withstand the herbicide in Roundup. Roundup Ready Crops. From the article.

Monsanto is the developer of both Roundup herbicide and a suite of crops that are genetically altered to withstand being sprayed with the Roundup weed killer.

These biotech crops, including corn, soybeans, canola and sugarbeets, are planted on millions of acres in the United States annually. Farmers like them because they can spray Roundup weed killer directly on the crops to kill weeds in the fields without harming the crops.

12 posted on 04/26/2013 10:37:42 AM PDT by Will88
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To: IbJensen

Monsanto makes Roundup.
1. They also made “DDT” and Agent Orange.
2. Monsanto also can take credit for those great items that you and I love, GMOs

Google GMO. I think you’ll find the results, shall we say, amazing.
I also find it odd that Obama signed the Monsanto Protection Act the other day.


13 posted on 04/26/2013 10:40:19 AM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Olog-hai

yay, everyone get’s DDT....


14 posted on 04/26/2013 10:41:46 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: wyowolf
not that I am against roundup... but it does make one wonder why the dramatic rises in such maladies over the last century...
I am sure lifestyle changes have contributed. More people are sitting in front of TVs and computers and snacking on processed junk food, whether at work on at home.

15 posted on 04/26/2013 10:43:59 AM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: Olog-hai

There was an interesting case recently w/ Monsanto and their “Roundup Ready” Soybean seed which is genetically modified so that Roundup doesn’t kill the plant. A farmer was sued by Monsanto because he saved seed from a crop to plant the next season and the second generation seed was also Roundup Ready.

Little creepy to think we are messing with natures design and eating it. IMO, we don’t even really no what causes High Cholesterol and we confidently say things are safe to eat.


16 posted on 04/26/2013 10:44:22 AM PDT by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid

You do know the history of DDT, don’t you?


17 posted on 04/26/2013 10:44:33 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Olog-hai

if you ask why 2015 you will find that

The last Monsanto-owned patent for Roundup Ready soybeans will expire in 2014, and the last applicable third-party patent will expire in early 2015. That means independent seed companies will no longer owe trait royalty payment to Monsanto beginning in 2015. Farmers will have access to a generic trait offering beginning in the 2015 planting season.


18 posted on 04/26/2013 10:45:47 AM PDT by algore
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I think....

Hey!!! There will be NO COMMON SENSE commentary on a two-fer Corporate-bashing, Anti-GMO thread like this one.

Only scurrilous and/or hysterical commentary is allowed. ;-)

(and, I think you're right)

19 posted on 04/26/2013 10:45:58 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Olog-hai
could be linked
...that is where I stopped reading.
20 posted on 04/26/2013 10:48:35 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ( EVERY DIME Obama Spends is given to him by the Republicans in the House.)
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To: IbJensen

I know it’s so safe they banned it in 1972


21 posted on 04/26/2013 10:48:46 AM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: IbJensen

>> This is just more bullsh-t!

What it *really* is, is the first step in bringing Roundup under EPA “restricted chemical” control.

Their thirst for power and control is limitless.


22 posted on 04/26/2013 10:51:14 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid

Millions in Africa, where our celebrity and politically class think so much more capital should be expended, have died of tse tse and mosquito bites since the banning of DDT.

You may have been drinking Kool Aid, but you know nothing about the ridiculously conceived ideas about DDT.


23 posted on 04/26/2013 10:54:39 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: wyowolf

Largely because of Roundup and other advances related to bio-engineering, herbicide use has fallen dramatically in the last generation. A discussion of the health hazards of glyphosate without a comparison to the health hazards of 2,4-D and triazine herbicides is serious politics, not serious science.


24 posted on 04/26/2013 10:56:48 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Olog-hai

These Green Weenies left-out hysterical blindness, premature ejaculation, and Scrofula. What a joke!


25 posted on 04/26/2013 11:00:41 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: wyowolf

The reason that there “seems” to be so much more cancer in the past century is that we are living longer.

The human body’s “warranty” expires around age 45. After that, we’re on our own. That’s when the skeletal decay and the other maladies of “old age” start.

100+ years ago the average life span was mid-40’s to early 50’s. There are a few people who develop cancer under the age of 45 but it is a very small percentage of the total population.

Want to avoid cancer? Die young. That way you make a better-looking corpse too ;-)


26 posted on 04/26/2013 11:00:56 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: pabianice

27 posted on 04/26/2013 11:01:27 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid
Monsanto makes Roundup ... They also made “DDT” and Agent Orange.
The Air Force operation to spray Agent Orange in VN was Operation Ranch Hand and it lasted about 10 years.
Hundreds and hundreds of military personnel were directly involved in that operation flying, handling, spraying, transporting, etc.
Last I heard, there was no significant difference between the Ranch Hand vet's health and a comparison group of non-operation VN vets.
28 posted on 04/26/2013 11:05:25 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: IbJensen

“...the ridiculously conceived ideas about DDT.”

How dare you blaspheme Rachel Carson, the queen of the enviro-whacko cult! Don’t you realize that if DDT was not banned all egg shells would be broken and there would be no more birds?

Malaria deaths? What’s malaria?


29 posted on 04/26/2013 11:06:31 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: IbJensen

Probably not.

But you will have to admit “The Monsanto Protection Act”

FYI...I no longer use DDT in my Kool Aid :-)


30 posted on 04/26/2013 11:07:47 AM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Olog-hai

White vinegar is an excellent herbicide.


31 posted on 04/26/2013 11:15:00 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: dainbramaged

I don’t know, poison vs vinegar, that a tough one. ;-)


32 posted on 04/26/2013 11:18:00 AM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: 43north

Malaria.

Coming to a swamp or wet land near you.

Don’t reach for the DDT. It’s not there.


33 posted on 04/26/2013 12:08:56 PM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: 43north

How could I possibly attack Rachel Carlson? After all she wrote the excellent book ‘Unsafe at any speed.’


34 posted on 04/26/2013 12:10:06 PM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: IbJensen
Glysphosate is now in virtually all non selective weed killers, not just Round Up.

But R/U is made by Monsanto and Monsanto is one of the left's favorite corporate targets.

35 posted on 04/26/2013 12:29:27 PM PDT by NEPA (Give me liberty, not debt)
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To: 43north

When I got lymphoma, I was 35 :) and the only close living relative to have a cancer... we usually die of Heart Attacks... Luckily that was 7 years ago... before OCare...

I just tend to think too many artificial things going into stuff we eat and on a certain level it effects things in the body...


36 posted on 04/26/2013 1:17:46 PM PDT by wyowolf
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid
I know it’s so safe they banned it in 1972

Good grief, are you really that ignorant about Rachel Carson's lies, the truth about DDT, and the fact that Carson is responsible for more needless human death, mostly children, than any other person in history?

37 posted on 04/26/2013 2:34:33 PM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: wyowolf

Yeah, lymphoma is one of the ones that can strike early in life. Fortunately treatment is pretty effective. Glad you’re still on this side of the grass!


38 posted on 04/26/2013 2:37:21 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: IamConservative
Little creepy to think we are messing with natures design and eating it.

We've been doing that since the first farmer saved the largest seeds to plant the following season.

39 posted on 04/26/2013 3:24:47 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Olog-hai

monsanto bump


40 posted on 04/26/2013 4:47:22 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Olog-hai

Glysophate is a non-selective herbicide: it kills everything it touches, so if you used it on your “lawns, gardens, and golf courses” it would KILL your lawns, you gardens and your golf courses.

Once again, we see the level of ignorance that passes as “journalism” in the Statist Media.

I wonder how much ELSE is incorrect in this article?


41 posted on 04/26/2013 6:08:44 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Mase

Yes Mase I guess I am that ignorant. That’s okay I will admit. I have now found out these things:

DDT is safe, hence Monsanto Good + Round Up is safe, hence Monsanto Good + Agent Orange is okay to use (According to the Air Force), hence Monsanto Good = Monsanto Good

1. Monsanto good
2. Monsanto is a favorite target of the left.

If the above two statements are true, why does Monsanto need protection? If Monsanto is a target of the left, why did the left (Obama) sign this “Protection Act” into law?

Inquiring minds want to know.


42 posted on 04/26/2013 9:48:07 PM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: wyowolf

I was heavily dosed with a now banned pesticide and it ruined my health for years. A neighbor sprayed diazanon at 5X the legal concentration and it filled my house as all the windows were open, and he sprayed his whole yard, 3 feet from my windows.

Pesticides are nasty stuff. People who work with ag chemcials have a much higher rate fo cancer adn respiratory diseases, for starters.


43 posted on 04/26/2013 11:00:52 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Olog-hai

“union of concerned scientists”.

Stopped reading right there.


44 posted on 04/26/2013 11:09:11 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

That’s not too bad. Most people stop reading right at the word “Reuters”. Or they continue reading if they want a laugh . . .


45 posted on 04/26/2013 11:13:12 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid
If the above two statements are true, why does Monsanto need protection?

Why does Monsanto need protection from the ignorant? From frivolous lawsuits? Do you really need an answer to that?

46 posted on 04/27/2013 8:59:34 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: drinktheobamakoolaid
Monsanto doesn't need protection. Some idiot labeled it the "Monsanto Protection Act" and morons everywhere bought the lie hook, line, and sinker. The law doesn't even mention Monsanto.

Apparently, you are also open to believing everything you read on the internet or anything that fits with your preconceived notions. That makes you similar to all those folks who believed the lies of Rachel Carson and rushed to ban DDT, resulting in the loss of more than a hundred million people, mostly children. Have you ever seen a child suffering from malaria? Up until a decade ago, more than a million people died every year from malaria. Today, thanks to these people being able to use DDT inside their homes to kill and repel mosquitoes, that number has been reduced by half. Still, more than 300,000,000 people contract malaria every year and are forced to deal with the recurring symptoms for the remainder of their lives. What kind of impact do you think that has on poor families trying to keep a step ahead of starvation? Good thing there are people like you in the world to protect them from those thinning egg shells. (and that was a lie too, just fyi)

You don't know jack squat about Monsanto, or any of the products they make and the science supporting them. But like some whiny, scientific illiterate progressive, who wants to occupy these evil companies, you choose to believe the junk science, and outright lies, rather than take the time to educate yourself on the subject. You have no inquiring mind whatsoever. You are just another ignorant Luddite whining like a child who doesn't have a clue on which side his bread is buttered.

47 posted on 04/27/2013 9:01:24 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase

I am sorry I stepped on your toes. I just thought one could be part of a discussion even if they were wrong. Thanks for setting me straight.


48 posted on 05/24/2013 5:48:08 PM PDT by drinktheobamakoolaid (If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Olog-hai

Same thing was said by liberals that DDT and Deet both were bad. We know better today.


49 posted on 05/24/2013 5:53:06 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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