According to a report released this week, you can't trust Monsanto nor those who we place in power to regulate companies from harming us with poisons so they can make money. For thirty years some of these guys have known that RoundUp causes birth defects in frogs and mice. They knew and you and I didn't. What gives here?
Here is the site to the report, for later reading ( http://www.scribd.com/doc/57277946/RoundupandBirthDefectsv5 ), but here is a summary captured from that site.
"Our examination of the evidence leads us to the conclusion that the current approval of glyphosate and Roundup is deeply flawed and unreliable,” wrote the report authors in their conclusion. “What is more, we have learned from experts familiar with pesticide assessments and approvals that the case of glyphosate is not unusual.
“They say that the approvals of numerous pesticides rest on data and risk assessments that are just as scientifically flawed, if not more so,” the authors added. “This is all the more reason why the Commission must urgently review glyphosate and other pesticides according to the most rigorous and up-to-date standards.”
Admittedly the report is directed towards European regulators, but who cares. If this isn't another nail in the coffin for home use of pesticides, I don't know what is. I don't think folks should be using a product that apparently causes malformations in experimental animals as a way to get rid of weeds on their lawns. First of all, we shouldn't be treating herbicides as pesticides. I include this as a pesticide as it is used to get rid of pests....weedsl That spray bottle of the stuff you have......what do you think? Going to use it? I sure wouldn't.
There is another way. We talk about it on The Garden Party every Saturday Morning. Sure we talk gardening and not politics, but this is some pretty radical stuff to some. Join us. We keep it at a Party level....even though it is a dead serious topic. Go organic and be safe! Call in Saturday.