Herbicides ~ Why Not?
University of Rhode Island
"Herbicides are chemicals that kill plants or inhibit their normal growth. Their means of doing this are varied and theoretically as numerous as the processes essential to plant life. Herbicides are most often and most effectively used together with good cultural practices in a turf weed management program. The choice of the best specific combination varies with agronomic, ecological and economic factors."
Atrazine is a systemic herbicide, commonly used to control broadleaf and grassy weeds in corn, rapeseed and low brush blueberries, and for general weed control.
The Watershed Regression for Pesticides models are referred to as WARP models. The first completed WARP model is for atrazine, one of the most heavily used herbicides in the United States (Figure 1).
"Alarming new research published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology supports the emerging connection between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease and Parkinsonian disorders.
Published this month (April, 2012), the new study entitled "Glyphosate induced cell death through apoptotic and authophagic mechanisms," investigated the potential brain-damaging effects of herbicides, which the authors stated "have been recognized as the main environmental factor associated with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson's disease."
"The triazine family of herbicides, which includes atrazine, were introduced in the 1950s; they have the current distinction of being the herbicide family of greatest concern regarding groundwater contamination. Atrazine does not break down readily (within a few weeks) after being applied to soils of above neutral pH. Under alkaline soil conditions, atrazine may be carried into the soil profile as far as the water table by soil water following rainfall causing the aforementioned contamination. Atrazine is thus said to have "carryover", a generally undesirable property for herbicides.
Glyphosate, frequently sold under the brand name Roundup, was introduced in 1974 for nonselective weed control. It is now a major herbicide in selective weed control in growing crop plants due to the development of resistant crop plants. The pairing of the herbicide with the resistant seed contributed to the consolidation of the seed and chemistry industry in the late 1990s."
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Lobbyist, Patrick Moore, Claims Monsanto's Roundup Is Safe To Drink,
Freaks Out When Offered A Glass
Lobbyist tells the world that Monsanto herbicide is safe enough to drink, then refuses to drink it! Jonathan Matthews reports
[Excerpt] In the wake of the World Health Organization's designation of the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide as a "probable carcinogen", the French investigative journalist and film maker Paul Moreira has released a sensational video of an interview with the high-profile GMO advocate Patrick Moore.
In the film, Moore first assures Moreira that you can drink a whole quart of glyphosate without suffering any harm and then refuses to drink it, telling the film maker, "I'm not an idiot."
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