Roundup

The trio of herbicides which are poisoning us, our food and our environment

Thursday, September 20, 2012 by: Tony Isaacs
Tags: Roundup, atrazine, poison

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Herbicide use in the United States continues to grow unabated and the health consequences are likely to become increasingly dire. Today, we take a look at three widely used herbicides which make up an axis of evil poisoning us, our environment, and our food.

Roundup

Roundup has been around since the 1970s and is the most popular glyphosphate-containing herbicide in the world. For the past decade, Roundup has been the herbicide of choice in the United States and current annual usage in the US is estimated to be a whopping 100 million pounds.

For many years, we were falsely told that Roundup breaks down into harmless compounds within only a couple of days after application. We now know that is untrue. We also know that Roundup use can lead to Sudden Death Syndrome of plants months and years after it is applied.

Roundup has been linked to over 25 different diseases including DNA damage, birth defects, liver dysfunction, and cancer. Already this year, Natural News has reported on studies which found that even very tiny levels of Roundup exposure:

*Destroys human DNA
*Destroys testosterone and leads to male infertility
*Causes physical changes to the bodies of amphibians and other vertebrates

2 4-D

Many farmers who use Roundup are turning to other herbicides after finding that superweeds are developing which are resistant to Roundup. One such alternative is 2 4-D, the powerful herbicide which was one of the two components of Agent Orange.

Agent Orange was used as a defoliant in the Vietnam War and its use resulted in millions of birth defects, cancer, and other health problems. According to the New York Times, the Agriculture Department is likely to soon approve Dow's new 2,4-D-resistant corn and that is just the first of a new wave of herbicide-tolerant crops being developed by Dow, Monsanto, Bayer, Sygenta, and DuPont.

According to the EPA, annual domestic usage of 2,4-D is approximately 46 million pounds, which until now has been limited mostly to use on ranges for cattle and other livestock.

Atrazine

Atrazine is also widely used in the U.S. primarily on corn. It is estimated that up to 85 million pounds of atrazine is used annually in the US and that up to 85% of all corn crops grown in the U.S. are sprayed with the herbicide.

Only a tiny amount of atrazine in the water supply can cause problems. The herbicide has been banned in the European Union since 2004 - with some individual EU countries having banned atrazine as early as 1991. A U.S. Geological Survey study found atrazine in approximately 75 percent of stream water and about 40 percent of groundwater samples in the agricultural areas tested and it is estimated that 1200 public drinking water systems in the U.S. are currently contaminated with atrazine.

The chemical is a potent endocrine disruptor that causes immunosuppression, hermaphroditism, and even complete sex reversal in male frogs at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion (ppb) - below the 3.0 ppb that the EPA says is safe. Researchers are finding an increasing number of links between atrazine and poor birth outcomes in humans, including reduced body weight and the associated risks of illness in infants as well as later health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Atrazine is both widely present in the environment and unusually persistent. The chemical can still be detected fifteen years after its use was discontinued. Every year, over half a million pounds of atrazine caught in the air stream during spraying falls back to earth in rain and snow, eventually seeping into streams and groundwater.

Sources for this article include:


http://www.naturalnews.com/031138_Monsanto_Roundup.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/035050_Roundup_Monsanto_DNA.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/032920_Roundup_birth_defects.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/035135_Roundup_herbicide_testosterone.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/035533_Roundup_amphibians_deformities.html
http://www.mindfully.org
http://www.chelseagreen.com
http://www.nytimes.com
http://epa.gov/oppsrrd1/REDs/factsheets/24d_fs.htm
http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/factsheets/atrazine.htm
http://environment.about.com

About the author:
"See more articles by Tony Isaacs"

Tony Isaacs, is a natural health author, advocate and researcher who hosts The Best Years in Life website for those who wish to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. Mr. Isaacs is the author of books and articles about natural health, longevity and beating cancer including "Cancer's Natural Enemy" and is working on a major book project due to be published later this year.

Mr. Isaacs also hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup group of over 2600 members and the The Best Years in Life Radio Show" on Wolf Spirit Radio.

Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.