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The International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) has written to officials of the EU Parliament and Commission asking for an immediate ban on glyphosate herbicides and four insecticides judged by the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency, IARC, to be probable carcinogens.
The ISDE’s Board includes doctors from Europe, North and South America, Pakistan, and Kenya. ISDE has national and regional member organisations in over 25 different countries.
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The Colombian government is to stop using glyphosate herbicide on its illegal coca plants after the weed killer was found to contain chemicals that cause cancer.
originally posted by: rossacus
If we want abundant, highly quality/quantity produce, we need some form of pesticide to ensure this. Farmers are the only ones who truly appreciate the need for it as it is there lively hoods that will be destroyed as a result.
originally posted by: Boomorangatangarang
Although I read a very recent article claiming "weeds" are now nearly critically resistant to glyphosate and 2-4D is poised to replace it almost entirely.
GMOs are crops modified to withstand weed killers that would otherwise damage the crop. The GMOs are then planted seasonally and sprayed year after year with the weed killers that are meant to kill all the plants in the field other than the GMO crop. At first this process seems to work: most of the weeds die and the GMO crops thrive. But those few weeds that are hardy enough to survive the chemical onslaught are the only weeds in the field left to reproduce. So over time, this process ends up favoring the most difficult weeds to kill. These herbicide-resistant weeds are known as “superweeds.” And they end up requiring more weed killers to manage. Superweeds, have now become an epidemic on farmland in many locations across the country. The most common superweeds are resistant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular herbicide Roundup, but resistance is appearing to herbicides used with other GMO crops as well. Today, more than 61.2 million acres of U.S. farmland are infested with weeds resistant to Roundup, which has been the world’s best-selling weed killer for more than 30 years. A 2012 survey showed that 49 percent of U.S. farmers reported finding superweeds in their fields.
The host website on which the article was posted got upgraded or something and now I can no longer locate the article.