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Old 10-25-2010, 11:25 AM   #1
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Why Monsanto is paying farmers to spray its rivals’ herbicides
by Tom Philpott
20 Oct 2010 1:20 PM

Why Monsanto is paying farmers to spray its rivals’ herbicides | Grist
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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.

If you tend large plantings of Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" soy or cotton, genetically engineered to withstand application of the company's Roundup herbicide (which will kill the weeds -- supposedly -- but not the crops), Monsanto will cut you a $6 check for every acre on which you apply at least two other herbicides. One imagines farmers counting their cash as literally millions of acres across the South and Midwest get doused with Monsanto-subsidized poison cocktails.

The move is the latest step in the abject reversal of Monsanto's longtime claim: that Roundup Ready technology solved the age-old problem of weeds in an ecologically benign way...
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Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells
Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers say
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By Crystal Gammon and Environmental Health News |June 23, 2009

Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells: Scientific American
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Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup has long been a top-selling weed killer. But now researchers have found that one of Roundup’s inert ingredients can kill human cells, particularly embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells.

The new findings intensify a debate about so-called “inerts” — the solvents, preservatives, surfactants and other substances that manufacturers add to pesticides. Nearly 4,000 inert ingredients are approved for use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
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Research: Roundup Diluted by 450-Fold is Still Toxic to DNA
Post date: Wednesday, February 15th 2012 at 7:00 am
by Sayer Ji

Research: Roundup Diluted by 450-Fold is Still Toxic to DNA | GreenMedInfo | Blog entry | Natural Medicine | Alternative Medicine | Integrative Medicine | Consumer Advocacy
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New research released ahead of print and published in the journal Archives of Toxicology indicates that Roundup, the most common formulation of the herbicide glyphosate, is not only more toxic than its constituent ingredients, but is capable of damaging DNA within a human cell line when diluted down to 450-fold lower concentrations than presently used in GMO agricultural applications. In the researchers' own words...
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I’m betting there was a little bit more to paying farmers for spraying rival's herbicides than met the eye…. I'm thinking joint and several liability and plaintiffs forced to prove which herbicide did em in.
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