Environment and Health
RoundUp, which contains glyphosate, is not biodegradable. Interesting, I think, that Monsanto had to be taken to court a couple of years ago, to get them to remove their false claim of ‘biodegradable’ from the packaging of their RoundUp weedkiller.
RoundUp weedkiller, and Monsanto’s related RoundUp Ready seeds and plants, are a multi-billion dollar industry. For over 20 years, they have marketed their RoundUp weedkiller as ‘biodegradable’, happily duping farmers, agriculturalists, city councils, governments, and the general public about the safety of RoundUp, which contains glyphosate, an ingredient which WHO, World Health Organization, last year declared is a ‘probable cause of cancer’.
Some organic farmers use RoundUp, which misleads people into thinking RoundUp must be OK. But RoundUp and glyphosate are not safe, and should never be used in the organic industry, if at all. How can this be, that organic producers can use glyphosate weedkiller? Well – Monsanto has cleverly convinced governments everywhere that a small amount of glyphosate is acceptable, which is why some organic farmers can call their stuff organic: as long as they make sure that they are within the so-called ‘safe’ range, then they can call their stuff organic, when in fact it is not at all.
I heard the tail end of a documentary on Radio New Zealand about a month ago. They reported that German scientists have found that levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller called RoundUp, have increased 500 times since 1994,
1994 was the year that Monsanto introduced their ‘RoundUp Ready’, genetically modified seeds, to the agriculture industry. RoundUp Ready seeds are patented seeds, which means you have to buy them, and these patented seeds are designed to withstand any amount of glyphosate-containing RoundUp. This means that the farmer, or grower, can spray any amount of glyphosate-containing weedkiller over these genetically modified seeds, or growing plants, and the weedkiller will not kill the genetically modified seeds or plants, but it will kill everything else that grows around the RoundUp Ready plants.
So the plant keeps on growing, whilst any amount of glyphosate weedkiller, known as RoundUp, or – new name change to dupe the public -G360, which still contains glyphosate, is sprayed on regularly to kill the weeds. This glyphosate-containing weedkiller is absorbed into the plant. As the plant keeps on growing, it absorbs some of the glyphosate weedkiller each time a spraying occurs. Then WE GET TO EAT IT.
So, no wonder that glyphosate levels in our food is up 500 times since 1994, when RoundUp Ready seeds were first marketed by Monsanto.
And no wonder that asthma and other breathing problems, plus eczema, arthritis, candida related sicknesses such as cancer, depression and nervous diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and parkinsons, are all increasing rapidly.
I am currently living in the wild west of New Zealand spraying culture in Dunedin. Hundreds of miles of country roads are sprayed regularly with tonnes and tonnes of weedkiller. Maybe the council is not using glyphosate anymore, I do not know, but the effect on our health is still disastrous. Last year, I took photos of one of the town’s water reservoirs, which had been sprayed right around with weedkiller, with the adjoining road heavily polluted with sprayed, dead grass which you could see for miles down the road.
Dunedin is a very small city, so the country is very close to us, no matter where you live here.
It is obvous that my grandsons are being affected by the spraying. Each time a massive spraying occurs, they succumb to asthma-like illness. I notice that many old people get pneumonia, severe flu, or other illnesses after sprayings occur.
1080 pesticide is another problem to our health. This affects the nervous system very dramatically, which is not a surprise, since it kills wildlife by destroying their nervous systems. Large areas of land have been poisoned with 1080 in Dunedin over the past few months, which I am sure caused much lung disease, depression and heart troubles in our community. I became very ill with a mysterious nervous condition, resulting in extreme weakness, when the nature reserve only a few doors down was dosed with 1080 recently.
It is such a shame that New Zealand ‘Forest And Bird Society’, and, I think, even the ‘Green Party’, endorse the use of 1080 pesticide. They have no idea about the damage being done to all wildlife, and our water and food chain, through use of 1080, but keep a romantic idea of preserving the native bush and birds without any sense of reality.