When it comes to the use of glyphosate, popularly known as Roundup, everything you believe to be true isn’t.
Let me rephrase that statement.
Everything you’ve heard about the weed killer Roundup is only true if you choose to believe it. It’s all about what you want to believe in.
For those of you who’re still on the fence, here’s what I believe since a lot of you have been keen to know my take on this topic. It’s finally here.
However, I deemed this a very sensitive subject, and therefore, I invited one of my LinkedIn troops to help me to nail this.
I posed the question to Matthew Kroger;
Should we worry about the use of glyphosate?
Here’s what he had to say.
‘Now on to Glyphosate. Mr. Makomere asked me to share my observations and knowledge of Glyphosate and any concerns I may have. I have plenty.
In short, Glyphosate (aka Roundup) was originally designed to clean the mineral build up off of waste pipes in an industrial setting. When this “waste water” was drained into adjacent fields the vegetation died.
After repeated drainings, it was also discovered that some plants built an “immunity” to glyphosate.
From what I have found, glyphosate is a chelator.
It forms a chemical bond to minerals on the atomic level. It not only binds to the minerals in the soil, but it also binds to minerals within cells of living organisms.
This stuff works, and it does exactly what it was designed to do, it bonds with minerals. It should NOT be used for agricultural purposes. EVER!
We are depleting our soils of minerals with the growing of crops. The plants take minerals out of the soil by themselves, it seems rather counter-intuitive to spray chemicals on the crops that further deplete the soils of yet more minerals.
Glyphosate binds to and “locks up” the minerals and they are not available for biological uptake by either plants or animals. We have no clue how long it takes nature to release the atomic bond of glyphosate from the minerals.
It could be ten years and it could be ten thousand years.
There have been no long-term studies on this.
Now let’s talk about Roundup Ready crops.
These “crops” have been biologically engineered to withstand multiple applications of glyphosate.
The regulating agencies have deemed a specific amount of glyphosate is “ok”. Here is where it gets really messy.
The Roundup Ready crops do indeed survive the chemical applications. But. They absorb the glyphosate.
So, now there is two or even three times the allowable amount of Roundup within the crop itself!
Not to mention the extra that was overspray and hit the ground rather than the plant.
Now we are continuing the depletion of minerals through chelation directly in the soil before the plants can even get a chance take up the minerals.
That chemical atomic bond is super strong and is occurring much much faster in farmed areas where Glyphosate is being used. I could talk for hours on this but was asked to keep it short…
Matthew Kroger is a “self-taught” individual who has chosen the path of oral tradition over formal education. He has listened to his elders and peers, and put into practice what they have taught him that worked for them. He utilizes modern technologies such as the internet and choose to follow people, groups, pages etc… That teach him in accordance with his values and prior teachings.
Salting the Wound
Matthew raises very valid points that set us on to the path to understanding why using the weed killer glyphosate could probably be carcinogenic to humans.
He goes on to mention that ‘The regulating agencies have deemed a specific amount of glyphosate as ok.’
That includes Monsanto the company that owned the glyphosate patent by the way.
However, recent scientific studies clearly show that glyphosate doesn’t degrade easily in soil or in humans and animals.
A German study suggests that glyphosate accumulates in all organs (liver, kidneys, intestines, heart, lungs, bones, and so on) of animals and people eating food products made from Roundup Ready crops.
This is contrary to Monsanto’s claims that humans can digest glyphosate in our food and water and it won’t accumulate in our bodies.
According to Genetic Engineer Thierry Vrain in an interview with, Hannah Kincaid, a large number of published scientific studies — mostly done outside the United States — show that as little as 1 ppm of glyphosate will kill almost all bacteria.
Particularly beneficial bacteria — in the gut of animals; that endocrine disruption starts at 0.5 ppm; and that even just a few ppm can cause oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, DNA damage, and many other disruptions in mammalian organ cells and tissues.
Last year, the World Health Organization asked an international team of 17 experts from 11 countries to review the status of several agricultural chemicals, including glyphosate.
Their verdict was that the scientific literature contains enough convincing evidence to classify glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.
Wait, there’s more
The Environmental Protection Agency together with Monsanto considers glyphosate to have low toxicity when used at the recommended doses.
Whether their sentiments leave up to expectations remain to be proved with independent scientific studies. However, until now, most studies have majorly focused on the safety of glyphosate.
It’s rather the mixture of ingredients found in Roundup that is similarly worrisome.
If the recent study is anything to go by, scientists and toxicologists have found that Roundup’s inert ingredients amplified the toxic effect on human cells – even at concentrations much more diluted than those used on farms and lawns.
This study provides evidence, that shows it’s not the only glyphosate that’s dangerous, but also chemicals listed as, ‘inerts’ – the solvents, preservatives, and surfactants in some formulations of Roundup.
Polyethoxylated tallow amine, popularly known as POEA, is a common example of these inert ingredients used in Monsanto’s Roundup formulations to aid in penetrating the waxy surface of plants.
In Germany, all herbicides containing POEA were eliminated from the market in 2014, after a worker who had been exposed to it developed toxic inflammatory of the lungs.
Other dangers of Roundup according to research are possibly pregnancy problems since Roundup is suspected to interfere with hormone production, leading to abnormal fetal development, and miscarriages.
You might wonder why such an ingredient has been in our environment for so long. And, what’s the role of regulatory bodies in protecting humanity?
Hundreds and probably thousands of studies have addressed the safety of glyphosate (active ingredient) over the past 38 years.
On the other hand, neglecting to research on inert ingredients.
And for a good reason so.
But the main reason is, manufacturers of weed killers aren’t required to publicly disclose specific herbicide formulations since those formulations are protected as trade secrets.
And for so many decades no one knew exactly what other ingredients were in these products, leave alone how they affect our health.
Things have changed if the recent discovery about POEA is anything to go by.
Expect more changes in days, months, or years to come.
So, what do you want to believe as your truth? Is Roundup a threat to health and the environment or people are just demonizing the whole issue?
Here’s what a consensus of environmental health experts believe, that;
(1) Glyphosate-Based Herbicides (GBHs) are the most heavily applied herbicide in the world and usage continues to rise;
(2) Worldwide, GBHs often contaminate drinking water sources, precipitation, and air, especially in agricultural regions;
(3) The half-life of glyphosate in water and soil is longer than previously recognized;
(4) Glyphosate and its metabolites are widely present in the global soybean supply;
(5) Human exposures to GBHs are rising;
(6) Glyphosate is now authoritatively classified as a probable human carcinogen;
(7) Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and the European Union are based on outdated science
What are your thoughts?