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RoundUp/Glyphosate Part 1
June 08, 2015

(Black-capped chickadee of thistle sock.)


Everything is planted and things are starting to grow.

However, I haven't had much time with my camera.

Our prayers continue for all the areas that have been ravaged by storms of all sorts.

Well, our Yolanda was transferred from the hospital to yet another or different nursing/care facility.

She must lay flat on her back this time around to allow the spine to hopefully heal and not leak.

Apparently that was the issue a couple weeks ago (leaky spine).

It really ticks me off that insurance companies can dictate where you go, and what kind of care a person receives.

Unless we can argue successfully for her need of Physical Therapy, we will be left to fend for ourselves.

We are too weary for that.

Still, our God will provide for our, and her needs.

I apologize for what seems to be an ongoing saga.

We do however, appreciate and can't thank you enough for all of your prayers and support.

I wish I could thank everyone of you individually.

How are things going for you?

I pray all is well, and I do pray for all of you.

(Damsel bug, one of the good guys.)

The last couple of weeks I gave you some information on 'neonicotinoids', and a list of well known brands of chemicals that use the stuff.

The next couple of weeks will cover 'RoundUp' and 'Glyphosate'.

That means I get to pick on Monsanto again :-)

Much of this comes from 'Mother Earth News', they get the credit for the research.

This is on Roundup, and the active ingredient glyphosate and a mention on the so called inert chemicals involved.

Again, every creature pictured is affected (even to death), one way or another by these chemicals.

Read carefully.



I'm almost embarrassed to mention this.

Years ago when I was working in garden centers, we were taught and and believed that all the pesticides and herbicides on the market were harmless to the environment.

After all, chemical companies learned their lessons from 'DDT'.


Wait, wasn't there 'Diazinon' not too long ago as well?

(many of these banned chemicals end up in third world countries, by the way.)

When a customer asked, I gave the same 'line' were were told.

"How Roundup or other chemicals became inert as soon as it touched the soil".

"How safe it is".

No worries.

Make the sale.

Please forgive me for my ignorance :-)

As I grew, learned, and studied more into a 'Naturalist', I saw the error of my ways (and kicking myself).

Though I am still a licensed, or 'Michigan Certified Nurseryman', I can do it without a bunch of toxins.

Here we go.

(Sandhill Cranes)

Glyphosate, mostly in the form of Roundup products manufactured by the Monsanto Co., has been widely used in the United States since the 1970s.

Today, we spray more than 100 million pounds on our yards and farms every year, making it the most popular of the Monsanto chemicals.

Monsanto continues to assure us its product is safe.

“It’s used to protect schools,” a Monsanto spokesperson told Scientific American.

Protect schools??

From what, killer weeds?

Glyphosate use has skyrocketed in recent years because of the widespread adoption of genetically modified corn, soy, and cotton varieties that Monsanto developed to be resistant to glyphosate, according to the Center for Food Safety.

Although the companies promoted glyphosate-resistant crops as a way to reduce herbicide use, there’s actually been a sharp increase in use on corn, soybeans, and cotton since 2002, thanks to the emergence of herbicide resistant weeds.

Farmers are battling glyphosate-resistant weeds with more glyphosate and other herbicides.

Most of the food we eat that contains corn or soy was sprayed with glyphosate herbicide, and we’re being exposed to higher and higher levels of residue.

In response to petitions from Monsanto, the EPA has approved up to 20-fold increases in the legal residue limits for food crops.

Now maybe you understand what is happening to our pollinators and rest of wildlife.

And you eat and wear this stuff almost daily, if not everyday.

(Leaf cutter bee)

Roundup Weed Killer Kills More Than Weeds.

To protect our health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets maximum legal residue levels for every pesticide, for dozens of crops. But a new study in the respected journal Toxicology has shown that, at low levels that are currently legal on our food, Roundup weed killer could cause DNA damage, endocrine disruption and cell death.

The study, conducted by French researchers, shows glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic to human reproductive cells.

(I don't know about you, but I'm more inclined to believe a French study over our own government right now.)

A Perfect Poison:

Researchers’ most disturbing findings were not only the cytotoxic and hormonal responses to low-dose exposures, but the fact that the “active” ingredient glyphosate had much less of a toxic impact alone than the branded chemical mixtures sold to homeowners and farmers nationwide.

Solvents and surfactants, legally considered “inert ingredients,” are mixed with glyphosate in products such as Roundup weed killer to create chemical formulations that increase mobility and more direct access to the cells.

“Those same factors that aid penetration into a plant, also aid penetration into the skin,” says Vincent Garry, professor emeritus of pathology at the University of Minnesota.

“These chemicals are designed to kill cells.”

Despite being termed “inert,” these added (and usually secret) ingredients are anything but benign, as the manufacturers have claimed for decades.

The new French research found the surfactants not only amplify the effects of glyphosate, but glyphosate also amplifies the effects of the surfactants.

Read this carefully now.

Herbicide manufacturers are subject to fewer rules in the testing of inert ingredients than they are for active ingredients, explains Caroline Cox, research director at the Center for Environmental Health in Oakland, Calif.

Cox has this to say.

“The tests the EPA requires for inert ingredients cover only a small range of potential health problems,”

“Testing for birth defects, cancer, and genetic damage are required only on the active ingredients.

But we’re exposed to both.”

Warren Porter, professor of zoology and environmental toxicology at the University of Wisconsin has this to say.

“Our bodies are gigantic spider webs of chemical communications that work in the parts-per-trillion range,”

“When you put so-called ‘insignificant’ amounts of toxic chemicals into the mix, you have a molecular bull in a china shop.

The possibilities for impact are endless.”

(Spicebush Swallowtail)

Better Testing Coming:

In response to growing public concerns, the EPA is getting ready to launch new tests on 67 potential endocrine disruptors.

Critics say the proposed tests will cover only a portion of organs in the endocrine system.

Supporters say it is at least a step in the right direction.

Again, until my government can show me they aren't in bed with companies like Monsanto, can we really believe their test results?

I will read and believe research from foreign countries, independant studies and universities first.

Friend, it is so important that you do some research.

Study,..... read up on what you are putting into your gardens and bodies.

What is affecting your wildlife, and ultimately your own health?

If not for you, think of your kids, grandkids and generations to come.

(Rufous hummer)

Check This out.

Soy is widely sold as a health food and beverage in the United States and around the world.

Today, most soy on the market is from genetically modified (GM) seed. 91 percent of soybeans planted in the United States are Genetically Modified, and the rate is rapidly growing throughout the world, according to Natural News newsletter.

Dr. Gregory Damato points out that “more than 95 per cent of GM soy (and 75 per cent of other GM crops) is engineered to tolerate glyphosate herbicide, the most common formulation of which is Roundup.”

Next time you think eating tofu, or drinking soy milk (or feeding it to babies) is a healthy alternative, think again.

Next week I have a few more eye openers for you on Roundup, and Glyphosate.

For example:

Glyphosate is now found in 30% of nursing mothers.

Chemicals designed to kill.

That is not acceptable, no matter how small the dose.

Well, it is time to fly for now,

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

(Monarch and Hairy woodpecker below.)

"It is good to dream, but it is better to dream and work.
Faith is mighty,
but action with faith is mightier".

Thomas Robert Gaines

I've read something similar.


Oh yeah, the Word of God.

"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
Can that faith save him?
If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them,
“Go in peace, be warmed and filled,”
without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead."

James 2: 14-17

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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Gardening For Wildlife.

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