Glyphosate and Roundup; the unasked question.

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 Glyphosate has been proven statistically safe in multiple studies. For this argument, it matters not who paid for those studies, who hid unflattering data, who destroyed evidence of toxicity… nothing of that really matters, because it is the carrot we donkeys are watching, while the wagonload of troubles is busy catching up with us on the downhill. We might as well stop the glyphosate argument, and start looking at what is hidden behind this fake controversy. Glyphosate is an active ingredient in Roundup; it is actively distracting us from the false labelling practices. 

I am not going to research specific legislation for this, I am deducing from the public evidence the construct of this farce:

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. 

We do, however, have a Monsanto executive’s word on the relevance of the glyphosate debate. When confronted about the inherent dangers of the glyphosate in Roundup, she reminded the interviewer that there is enough supporting literature to consider glyphosate as safe. Then she smiles handsomely, and says : “There are things a thousand times more poisonous than glyphosate in Roundup”. Things a thousand times more poisonous than glyphosate, and we do not know what they are, because it is a ‘trade secret’. But we all know there’s glyphosate in there, and it is the only issue ever discussed, and not one single question is asked about those other forty ingredients.

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.

As an aside; Internationally, the organisation that appears to be spending most on fighting labelling laws “to protect patents and intellectual property”? Coca Cola Company. You can thank their efforts for the poor labelling practices Monsanto gets away with.