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Glyphosate and You

Today the German government has approved 5 more years of using Glyphosate, which was the deciding vote in the EU. What is Glyphosate and why should you care?

Glyphosate was discovered by a chemist that worked for Monsanto in 1970, it was later called Roundup and is marketed as a weed killer. Monsanto built on this idea and "invented" crops that wouldn't be harmed by Glyphosate which would allow farmers to freely spray the weed killer on the crops without actually harming the crops.

And since it's discovery and the invention of the "Roundup Ready" crops, sales have skyrocket in the US and around the world.

Glyphosate is absorbed in the foliage (usually green, above the ground part) and not so much in the root and because of its use and overuse weeds, ever trying to survive have in fact started to mutate to become more disagreeable.

So that's what it is. A very strong weed killer. (Truth be told it kills almost everything it touches)

So what is the problem? Farmers need all the help they can get, it's a hard job and one that most farmers do for the love of it and not the paycheck.

Glyphosate has been researched and tested about as many times as one could expect. The problem is bias. I am not going to put too much of my own personal belief into the mix. Full disclosure is that I believe it is a horrible product that should be banned around the world.....

But bias is one of the biggest issues.

And lets start with the WHO (World Health Organization) They have a department called IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), who published a report which stated that Glyphosate most likely is cancerous and classified it as a a Group 2a carcinogen. Though Reuters in a couple of different stories by Kate Kelland suggested that the IARC lead scientist knew of an unpublished study that proved that Glyphosate did not cause cancer and was able to get a draft copy of the report which contradicted some of the key features in the final report; however, the IARC stands behind the report.

A co-analysis by WHO and UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) found that Glyphosate most likely doesn't cause cancer.

This is one organization (WHO) that you would think would be able to come to a decisive conclusion. Is Glyphosate safe? But struggles to have a consistent message. Which bags the question as to why?

The answer is exhausting but rather important. Bias.

One side believes that the other is somehow influencing the findings of the tests.

But this is the problem. The Science Media Center has a perceived bias and instead of having some scientists that agree with the decision and some that don't, they only have ones that do.

And before you ask, there are many scientists that believe that the Glyphosate should be banned and that it is a sad day for the EU for this decision.


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