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Monday, March 03, 2008

Monsanto and Glyphosate

Monsanto no longer retains its patent on Round-up generically known as Glyphosate. But it still controls Glyphosate! Why be concerned?

Glyphosate has been shown to cause birds to lay eggs with soft shells. This was a major problem with DDT as clearly shown to the world in Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring"! DDT was finally banned when the public outcry showed it to be a political hot potato. Of course, once DDT became a public issue, scientific studies showed it to be harmful to humans as well.

Stock & Land Thu, 28 Feb 2008 3:36 PM PST
For a little more than a year, on a global basis the demand for glyphosate has been going up faster than the supply. "We anticipated this, so it's not a situation where we were caught off guard," says Jim Zimmer, vice president of Monsanto's United States business.

From Wikipedia:

Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine is a non-selective systemic herbicide, absorbed through the leaves, used to kill weeds, especially perennials. Some crops have been genetically engineered to be resistant to it. Glyphosate was first sold by Monsanto under the tradename Roundup, but is no longer under patent.

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