It's the most commonly used -- and perhaps also most controversial -- pesticide in the world: glyphosate
As the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide products as well as about 700 other products, glyphosate
is widely used on farms as well as residential lawns.
The mother with the highest detectable level of glyphosate
in her breast milk, 91 parts per billion, is a farmer who lives and works on a farm in Lancaster County.
(N-(phosphonomethyl)-glycine) is one of the most widely used non-selective herbicides on agricultural lands and forest plantations as well as swamps, parks, and gardens (U.
Use of glyphosate
has spiked since the mid-1990s due to use of Monsanto's genetically modified Roundup Ready crops, which account for most corn and soybeans grown in the United States.
You might want to advise your readers not to get into a heavy discussion with their farmer hosts on their use of GMO crops and glyphosate
, or they might find farm gates shut in their faces pretty hard.
is used in three different ways that can have a negative effect on our gardens.
It comes two years after scientists linked glyphosate
to Parkinson's disease, infertility and other health problems.
This new research presents a long, diverse and truly alarming list of health impacts from glyphosate
exposure that affect pre-natal development as well as older age functions, including: infertility, birth defects, miscarriages, various cancers (blood, breast), neurological developmental problems such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), Parkinson's and Alzheimer's; gastrointestinal disorders, celiac disease and gluten intolerance; obesity, diabetes, heart and chronic kidney disease or failure, respiratory disease and asthma.
Most recently, Seneff and colleague Anthony Samsel used NLP to investigate glyphosate
, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, and a possible causal relationship to celiac sprue.
Not only that, but in Argentina, for example, the state-run Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (INTA) openly promotes the use of both glyphosate
and transgenic seeds.
To make matters worse, the prodigious flowering weed has built up resistance to glyphosate
, the main herbicide used to control it, prompting a search for alternatives.