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Roundup (glyphosate) is a confirmed toxin. Do not buy it for home weed control.

Monsanto's glyphosate herbicide was first marketed under the name Roundup in 1974 after DDT was banned.

Twenty-years later Monsanto's marketing strategy to genetically engineer seed that tolerates Roundup is a success. GMO plants such as corn, soy, cotton, canola, sugar beets, and alfalfa that tolerate Roundup thrive while (most) unwanted weeds are wiped-out. Farmers buy Roundup along with the GMO seeds to simplify their work. Living creatures exposed to the sprayed herbicide along with those that eat the crops are subjected to a known poisonous substance.

Glyphosate is a known toxin.

In the US Roundup use is up to about 600-million pounds per year. This is exactly the same toxic herbicide anyone can buy at Home Depot. After spraying, farm workers are advised not to go out in the fields for a week.

On two occasions the EPA has caught scientists deliberately falsifying test results at laboratories hired by Monsanto to study glyphosate.

For additional sales Monsanto promotes another use for Roundup as a dissecant to dry out crops. Roundup is sprayed on soon to be harvested crops including non-GMO plants such as wheat, barley, oats, canola, flax, peas, lentils, et al. leaving a residue at the worst possible time.

Any glyphosate that hits the soil will be a potential contaminant altering soil ecology. It can stay in the soil or it might run off into streams or waterways.

Similar to the relationship between bacteria and antibiotics, over time weeds mutate adapting to the herbicide. Many Roundup resistant strains have already been identified.

A causal correlation between 15-diseases and glyphosate have been identified here's a list.

A study of women living within one kilometer of fields sprayed with glyphosate found their babies were twice as likely to be born with birth defects. A study in Argentina where glyphosate is sprayed at high levels found congenital birth defects quadrupled.

Monsanto claims Roundup is safe however there are many peer-reviewed studies in science journals that confirm it is not here's a list.

Choose non GMO!
via Steve

A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. The first commercialization of agricultural GMOs took place in the mid 1990s.

Genetic modification involves the mutation, insertion, or deletion of genes. This can occur when exogenous DNA penetrates the cell membrane for any reason. Genetically engineered (GE) transgenic seeds are the end product.

GMOs are created with these techniques: attaching the genes to a virus; physically inserting the extra DNA into the nucleus of the intended host with a very small syringe; with the use of electroporation (introducing DNA from one organism into the cell of another by use of an electric pulse); with very small particles fired from a gene gun.

The corporations that helped turn genetically engineered crops into a multibillion-dollar business include the huge chemical companies Monsanto, Bayer, and DuPont. They promoted the technology as part of a life science revolution that would greatly increase food production. So far it’s turned out to be an empty promise.

In the United States, the majority of corn, soybeans, and cotton planted have been engineered with a gene from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to ward off insects and along with another bacterial gene to tolerate herbicides like Roundup. So Monsanto makes a fortune selling both the herbicide Roundup and the GMO seeds that tolerate it.

Roundup Ready crop seeds have notoriously been referred to as "terminator seeds." This is because the crops produced from Roundup Ready seeds are sterile. Each year, farmers must purchase the most recent strain of seed from Monsanto. This means that farmers cannot reuse their seed. Customary practices of farmers to save, reuse, share and develop plant varieties succumbs to 'biopiracy' threatening biodiversity.

With natural evolution the healthiest strains survive and propagate; genetic engineering overrides this process. Life on Earth survives and thrives due to natural evolution.

With a future of climate change and a rapidly growing population existing transgenic crops have done nothing to guarantee the future of the world’s food supply.

"A big concern about genetic engineering in general, and including Roundup Ready crops, is the fact that scientists do not know what the true effect of these organisms is on the environment before releasing them. Other issues stem from the idea that changing one gene does not necessarily change just one function. A variety of changes in the expression of such a gene could occur in the resulting organism." - mit.edu

Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of genetically engineered foods.

Studies of hamsters, rats and mice on GMO feed have confirmed reproductive degradation and progressively smaller subsequent generations with a significantly higher percentage of infant mortality.

GMO crops contaminate non GMO crops so their inclusion within a region nullifies the choice for non GMO. Cross-polination, spillage, and mistakes spread GMO crops. GMO and non GMO crops cannot remain segregated: impacts of wind, insects, floods, animals, theft, and human error contaminate. Roadside GMO plants by seed spillage have been confirmed.

Japan, New Zealand, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, and Madeira have all banned GMO crops. Other countries such as Australia, Germany, and France have partial bans. In the United States only the California counties of Mendocino, Trinity and Marin have successfully banned GM crops. Lawsuits in other areas are pending.

The US and Canada do not require labeling of GMO foods, but 64-countries with over 40% of the world’s population label genetically engineered foods, including the entire European Union. The arguments for not requiring GMO labeling in the US are weak, but pro GMO lobbyists have virtually unlimited funding. Monsanto's revenue for 2014 was more than $15-billion.

If a food product does not state 'non-GMO' on the label you can be sure it has GMO derived entities in it. Virtually all soy, and the majority of corn grown in the US is now GMO unfortunately. Progressively more companies are choosing to go non GMO and label their products as such. These products will cost more but should be supported.

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