Published on February 25th, 2011 | by Jeremy Bloom8
Monsanto’s risky Roundup – Reuters runs with the report
Dr. Don M. Huber, who coordinates the Emergent Diseases and Pathogens committee of the American Phytopathological Society, as part of the USDA National Plant Disease Recovery System, warned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that this pathogen threatens the US food and feed supply and can lead to the collapse of the US corn and soy export markets. Likewise, deregulation of GE alfalfa “could be a calamity,” he noted in his letter
(Read the full story here: Scientist urges USDA to rescind approval of Monsanto’s GMO alfalfa, and also Genetically Modified Foods Causing Animal Miscarriages, but Who Cares?)
Now, the mainstream media seems to be picking up on the story. It went out over the wires yesterday in a full report from Reuters news service.
“Questions about the safety of a popular herbicide made by Monsanto Co have resurfaced in a warning from a U.S. scientist that claims top-selling Roundup may contribute to plant disease and health problems for farm animals.
…In his letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Huber said the organism has been found in high concentrations of Roundup Ready soybean meal and corn, which are used in livestock feed. He said laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the organism in pigs, cattle and other livestock that have experienced spontaneous abortions and infertility.”
This is a rarity, and goes to show that concerns about the safety of GMOs and Roundup are spreading beyond the foodie community.
Reuters did some additional reporting on the story, and put it in context:
There have been other alarms raised about Roundup, including a report last year from Argentine scientists who claimed that Roundup can contribute to birth defects in frogs and chickens.
Monsanto says the chemical binds tightly to most types of soil, is not harmful and does not harm the crops. But some scientists say there are indications of increased root fungal disease as well as nutrient deficiencies in Roundup Ready crops. They say manganese deficiency in soybeans in particular appears to be an issue in key U.S. farming areas.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last year that it may review glyphosate for any adverse effects as part of a protocol to review products every 15 years.
It remains to be seen how many papers will actually pick up the report. But as of this writing, it had only been published in online media; the largest being CNBC.com.
More on Monsanto and GMOs:
- The Trouble with Monsanto and GMO – David Suzuki spells it out
- Why Genetic Engineering Is Dangerous
- Scientist urges USDA to rescind approval of Monsanto’s GMO alfalfa
- Genetically Modified Foods Causing Animal Miscarriages, but Who Cares?
- Monsanto blocks research on GMO safety, harasses scientists
- An alfalfa farmer explains why he sued Monsanto
- Monsanto employees in the halls of government
- Did the White House pressure USDA to approve GMO alfalfa?
- Mexico stands up to Monsanto – says no to GMO corn
- End of Organics? Monsanto’s GMO Alfalfa Approved
- Too Much of a Bad Thing: Monsanto Did NOT Buy Blackwater