A Major Stresser – & Roundup is the Usual Suspect

July 5th, 2017

California will be including glyphosate in its list of chemicals known to cause cancer. That might not give you much concern – who deals with a chemical that I’ve never heard of?

More people that you might think.

Glyphosate is the principal ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, a herbicide and weed killer that is commonly used on yards by J. Q. Public. But it’s used in vast quantities on crops.

Did you have any fruit, vegetable or grain products today? Chances are at least one of them was treated with Roundup while being farmed.

And this ruling by California isn’t just California being liberal. The World Health Organization research on glyphosate gave it a ruling of “probably carcinogenic” in 2015.

While the amount that people wind up eating might have a low risk (they are still testing that), the real concern is for people who use apply the product. Farmers, groundskeepers, vintners, grovers, lawns keepers, gardeners and even people who spend a lot of time in their own garden may have had dangerous levels of exposure. In 2013 almost 300 million pounds of glyphosate was used in the U.S. That’s 18 times the amount used in 1992. And now the chemical is being found in soil and rainwater samples in Iowa and Mississippi.

And now some researchers are claiming that the other ingredients in Roundup, the so-called ‘inert’ ingredients – are anything but. We see how this plays out As Time Goes By.. But unlike Casablanca, this drama is just beginning.