A couple of interesting blurbs about Glyphosate, the main chemical compound in Roundup and other herbicides, came out this week, and I think they are worth sharing and taking note.
First of all, Don Huber, Professor Emeritus at Purdue University, has written a letter to the USDA asking that they reconsider their deregulation of glyphosate resistant crops in light of some new research he and other scientists are working on in which they say they have found a new organism in corn and soy. They say this new organism thrives in glyphosate resistant crops, and is possibly linked to infertility and spontaneous abortions in livestock, and is possibly harmful for humans as well. More research is being done at the moment, but the letter is interesting to read and is definitely something to keep an eye on. You can read a Pdf of the letter here.
Secondly, an article from Reuters this week says that the Environmental Protection Agency is beginning an investigation on the safety of glyphosate, including allegations of links to cancer as well as infertility in livestock as Don Huber has said.
In other news, here at the farm we are using this window of good weather to navigate the wet soils and transplant like crazy. I suspect there will be some photos, stories, and video coming this week.