Round up

Tim Eck via pbs
Fri, 26 Mar 2021 05:42:35 PDT
I would like to correct a few misconceptions regarding glyphosate, the
active ingredient in RoundUp.
1. As far as I have gleaned from those who should know, glyphosate does not
affect insect and amphibian health although RoundUp does.  This is because
the detergents in most commercial preparations are the culprits.  If you
need to kill aquatic weeds, there are some generic glyphosate preparations
without detergents that are listed for that application.  If you use soap
or detergents at home, you are a contributor to destruction of aquatic
2. Most genetically engineered crops have at least three useful genes
inserted and one of them is likely to be Bt toxin.  In the case of corn,
this is to prevent corn borer.  There is some speculation that bees collect
pollen from corn although they don't pollinate it and, depending on how the
gene is promoted, it could be in the corn pollen.
3. Glyphosate is not immediately destroyed on contact with soil and this
was never claimed by Monsanto to my knowledge.  It is immediately
inactivated by binding to polar soil particles and very slowly destroyed by
soil bacteria with a half life of several weeks.
4. The Material Safety Data Sheet for glyphosate indicates that the lethal
dose for rats is slightly higher than table salt.  So as a rat-poison, it
is much more economical to use salt.
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