Glyphosate and Roundup; the unasked question.

According to law, you have to obtain certain institutional approvals before you sell anything that enters the food chain. This approval may range from a five-buck bribe to a junior officer, up to and exceeding direct canvassing of politicians to ‘look the other way’. You certainly don’t think an ethical multinational humanitarian key agricultural monopolist corporation would risk their reputation with such shenanigans, would you? So let us behave ‘ethically’ then; we declare what we sell, and provide proof of safety, efficacy, kickbackability and every other institutional requirement. Glyphosate has a large body of academia behind it, it has been registered as ‘safe’, therefor we shall have no obstacles marketing our product.

Pump the stuff into canisters, label it GLYPHOSATE, mix in another forty-odd secret recipe chemicals we do not need to tell you about as they are industry secrets, seal it up, give it a shake, and off to market we go. Anyone willing to pay for the research is free to prove any of the ‘non-active’ ingredients toxic in any way. Show proof they are safe? Why, my dear, that is rude, expecting the victim of your baseless accusation to prove his innocence? Surely the law requires you to proof guilt? Test it yourself, why don’t you? So where do I send my contribution for the crowdfunded research? That’s right, nowhere honest. It’s not a conspiracy amongst scientist; they do not know what is in there, and if they don’t know what’s in there, how do they test for it being in there, and how do they test for toxicity? The manufacturers refuse to divulge their ‘secret recipe’. 

Things like chromatography actually detect separate atom types. It can tell you there is, say, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in something. They do this by burning or otherwise evaporating substances. The colour spectrum they emit is then compared to a table of known elemental spectra. Those three things named above can build anything from sugar to petrol to love handles and a lot of other things I don’t even know the names of. Now imagine testing a drop of fluid and finding seventy different elements. How many of those were put there to mislead you? How did they make them fit together to form molecules, because that is what we need to know before we can prove or disprove anything. 

Stop distracting us with the glyphosate debate; we need to know what exactly the other forty ingredients in Roundup are, what they do to us, and how many people’s lives have been ruined by these unnamed substances.