Roundup is Everywhere

Even in Our Drinking Water

Monsanto’s creativity in finding new markets for Roundup is apparent:

  • In 1974 Monsanto introduced the herbicide Roundup with the active ingredient glyphosate.
  • Roundup Ready (RR) soy and corn seeds were introduced in 1994 and 1998.
  • Roundup’s is used as a dessicant (drying agent) for wheat and beans just before harvest.
  • By  2012 we were using 280 million pounds of glyphosate in just the U.S.

In 2014, 89% of our corn and 94% of soy grown in the USA were GMO crops. This means the seeds to the RR corn and RR soy have been genetically mutated so that the plants can withstand being sprayed repeatedly with Roundup.11 There are other herbicides in the pipeline for GMO foods but Roundup Ready crops are the most commonly grown. Roundup is also used for parks, school grounds and home gardens.  It is the #1 most used herbicide in the U.S.
Ironically one reason Roundup is used so much, is that it is failing as an agricultural herbicide and has created a new batch of weeds called “super weeds.” Weeds naturally mutate quickly to combat adversity and to spread rapidly. As a result, farmers have to keep spraying those “super weeds” because they don’t die easily from Roundup. That creates problems like:

  • The “superweeds,” resistant to Roundup, act like bacteria that have developed a resistance to antibiotics. Increased sprayings increase the resistance.
  • There is now an estimated 60-70 million acres of these “super weeds” in the U.S.
  • It increases the likelihood of getting more herbicide residue on our foods. Please keep in mind that 89% of our corn and 94% of our soy is GMO.

If farmers use other herbicides on their Roundup Ready crops, the crops are killed.  So instead they spray their food crops multiple times with Roundup (glyphosate + surfactants etc.) to control these “super weeds.” Herbicides, like antibiotics, if overused, become less effective. This has been a financial boon for Monsanto but makes it even more likely that there will be glyphosate residue on our corn, soy, sugar beets, canola and cotton, and the foods prepared from them.
A European group in favor of glyphosate was praising its special characteristic of penetrating weeds. They say weeding perennial weeds "requires a herbicide which is translocated through the plant to reach them. The majority of herbicides are not sufficiently translocated to do this. Glyphosate is an exception and this factor makes it the most reliable herbicide for control of perennial weeds.” But that very ability means it also penetrates the plant tissue of the GMO food crops we eat.

  • Recently, the U.S. Wheat Quality Council found traces of glyphosate in wheat flour.
  • Reuters news noted that Abraxis Labs found 2/3 of the honey and 1/3 of soy sauce samples tested had glyphosate residue.
  • Abraxis Labs also found 6 of 40 Infant formula samples to have glyphosate residue.

Two years ahead of its RR soy coming on the market, Monsanto petitioned the EPA to allow triple the amount of Roundup residue on food crops. 54

If “super weeds” are impervious to glyphosate, why add it to agent Orange GMO seeds (Enlist Duo seeds)? Enlist Duo is the herbicide cocktail which uses glyphosate and half of the active ingredients in Agent Orange (2,4-D). Corn and soy seeds, which have been genetically engineered to tolerate both these herbicides, are sprayed with the cocktail. Why risk more toxic residue and added chemical interactions that might give our kids cancer? Why continue spraying glyphosate on cropland if it has become so ineffective? We cannot know for decades the long term effects of all the chemicals comprising Roundup or Enlist Duo on gestating babies, infants, growing children, teens, adults, or even livestock. There are studies indicating that the chemicals in Roundup are already affecting our kids with the surge in Autism and Cancer.
Even though we assume herbicides won’t enter our bodies, they do.

  • A Moms Across America study found 25% of the people they tested had glyphosate in their urine.
  • Another small study of theirs found glyphosate in mothers’ breast milk.  

These mothers weren’t dusted with Roundup. How did Roundup’s active ingredient get into their breast milk?  It would be very helpful if both studies were enlarged and done by an impartial group. Unfortunately, glyphosate in our body fluids could come from a number of different sources.

One source for this herbicide entering our bodies is our drinking water. The EPA allows 700ppb (parts per billion) of glyphosate in our water supply. For perspective, the EPA allows less than 1 ppb for Lindane, an insecticide used in the garden. Many medications, chemicals we deliberately take, are effective in just minimal ppb.  For instance, Albuterol works when it is only 2.1 ppb or Nuvaring works at only 0.035 ppb. Even prescription drugs that need more ppb, like Paxil, the anti-depressant, only need 30 ppb to be effective.

Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup)  has been discovered in:

Figuring out how dangerous Roundup’s chemicals are to human health is difficult. The reason:

  • The EPA does no testing of herbicides or GMOs on its own.
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act allows the EPA to rely on the same companies that manufacture the chemicals to supply the data. There are studies from university scientists but the primary data used by the EPA is from the chemical companies.                                                         

With glyphosate showing up in our bodily fluids, let’s consider banning it until the data, with all its effects on humans, are in. That means ban both Roundup Ready seeds and Enlist Duo seeds since they are both married to glyphosate. (Please see “Surge in Autism” section, “Kids and Cancer” section & “Cancer and American Adults” section)