Posted: October 26, 2010 in GREEN, Table Of Contents, TRUTH / Occupy
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At a time when less and less people are growing or making their own food out of ingredients, it is crucial to educate ourselves on the poisons we are crossing paths with in the markets.
Buy local and organic health foods. Support fair trade and GROW AS MUCH AS YOU CAN YOURSELF!
Joyce Coppinger
Lincoln Green Building Group
Walk through the store’s section of lawn and garden products and you become aware of the high level of chemicals used in every product – you can tell it just from the odors in the aisles. And when you really read the label and then do some searching for information about what’s good and what’s detrimental, you begin to wonder why we are doing this to ourselves.

Here’s a recent news note that has been circulating.

Both the crops that have been engineered to be Roundup-tolerant and the Roundup herbicide itself kill off important nitrogen-fixing bacteria and other good soil micro-organisms. They also increase fungal pathogens, weaken plant resistance to diseases, lower plant micronutrient available in the soil, and more.

Cropping covers over 134 million hectares globally, and 85 percent of this is now genetically modified crops requiring the use of Roundup or glyphosate herbicide. What has happened is this wide use of glyphosate has bred up super weeds that are resistant to the herbicide. As more herbicide is used, it impacts even more on soil, crop, animal and human health. In the U.S. 189 weed species have developed resistance to herbicides.

For a long time, glyphosate has been promoted as the safest and most environmentally benign herbicide available, but in fact it has been shown to increase the severity and incidence of plant diseases. It both weakens the plant’s immunity and boosts the virulence of pathogens and their populations in the soil. What makes glyphosate such a strong herbicide is that it is translocated throughout the plant to the growing points. In the roots, glyphosate is exuded into the soil surrounding the roots where it exerts powerful effects on the microbial community and soil chemistry.


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