A great way to understand the issues surrounding glyphosate

Glyphosate graphic

Glyphosate is all over the news. The World Health Organization declared it a likely carcinogen yet the U.S. EPA continues to drag its feet adding it to the list of chemicals banned for use.

For those who don’t know or aren’t sure, glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. It’s also found in 750 or more other products in the U.S. Tests have shown that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies. Another study revealed that the chemical has estrogenic properties and drives breast cancer proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range. And in February 2012, a shocking study published by the journal Archives of Toxicology showed that Roundup is toxic to human DNA even when diluted to concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications.

Many European countries have banned its use and others are close to doing so.

But how can we consumers really understand what all this means? Leave it to the millennials to make sense of it.

Maximus Thaler – a graduate of Tufts University and current U.C. Berkeley student and author of the book A Curious Harvest – is a self-described Artist, Activist, Academic, Cook, Puppeteer, Natural Philosopher and Seeker. And he has for the most part made a brilliant YouTube video that combines both technical and mundane information on this toxic herbicide in a way that just about anyone can understand.

There is a section which this writer does not agree with – as to the safety of using glyphosate even in site specific situations. But agree or not, you’ll certainly and finally “grok” the information in a way you might not have believed you could before.

As always, be an educated consumer. The more you know, the better choices you can make.

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