Friday, 26 July 2013

Another Win for Monsanto: US Raises Allowable Levels of Company’s Pesticide in Crops


Following little opposition, though, the EPA is on path to soon approve of levels of glyphosate being found in crops several times over the current concentration.

Glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical developed by Monsanto in 1970, is the key ingredient in the company’s “Roundup” label of herbicides. In the decades since, Monsanto has created and patented a number of genetically-modified organisms and genetically-engineered crops resisted to glyphosate that are sold worldwide under the company’s “Roundup Ready” brand. Those GMO products are then planted in fields where glyphosate, namely Roundup, is used en masse to eliminate weeds from taking over harvest. With scientists linking that chemical to cancerous diseases, though, critics decry the EPA decision and caution it could do more harm than good.

Through the EPA’s new standards, the amount of allowable glyphosate in oilseed crops such as flax, soybeans and canola will be increased from 20 parts per million (ppm) to 40 ppm, which GM Watch acknowledged is over 100,000 times the amount needed to induce breast cancer cells. Additionally, the EPA is increasing limits on allowable glyphosate in food crops from 200 ppm to 6,000 ppm.
http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/another-win-for-monsanto-us-raises-allowable-levels-of-companys-pesticide-in-crops/52622/

Who is really in control of the regulators, and also legislators, to allow this sort of thing to happen? Monsanto is a threat to everyone's health. It's a company dealing in death with their overly hazardous pesticides.


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 26th, 2013.]

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