Monsanto’s popular weedkiller, Roundup, has a reputation as being one of the more benign herbicides out there. But that reputation is seriously eroding, as farmers dump more and more toxic chemicals to fight the now Roundup-resistant weeds, and studies are confirming the toxic nature of Roundup’s “inert ingredients.” According to a recent study, “the proprietary mixtures available on the market could cause cell damage and even death” at levels commonly used on farm fields. For these reasons and many others, the Ecology Center advocates for organic agriculture, and the use of safe, eco-friendly gardening products and strategies for your lawn and garden. Check out Grist’s recent article about Monsanto’s latest maneuvers to shore up the failings of its genetically modified Roundup Ready crops.
“Monsanto’s ongoing humiliation proceeds apace. No, I’m not referring to the company’s triumph in our recent “Villains of Food” poll. Instead, I’m talking about a Tuesday item from the Des Moines Register’s Philip Brasher, reporting that Monsanto has been forced into the unenviable position of having to pay farmers to spray the herbicides of rival companies. ” Click here to read more.