Monsanto claimed that Roundup was BIODEGRADABLE, even though only 2% of the herbicide has broken down after 28 days. Exposing how lax regulations are, while Roundup has been sold in vast quantities worldwide since 1974, it wasn’t until 1996 and then again in 2007, that legal action was taken to force the company to take the word biodegradable off its label. This is the latest news:
BBC 15th Oct France’s highest court has ruled that US agrochemical giant Monsanto had not told the truth about the safety of its best-selling weed-killer, Roundup.
The court confirmed an earlier judgement that Monsanto had falsely advertised its herbicide as “biodegradable” and claimed it “left the soil clean”.
The company was fined 15,000 euros (£13,800; $22,400). It has yet to comment on the judgment.
Roundup is the world’s best-selling herbicide.
Monsanto also sells crops genetically-engineered to be tolerant to Roundup.
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In spite of Monsanto’s claims to the contrary, Roundup is not safe for the environment – in fact, many studies have shown that it’s highly toxic. Professor Robert Bellé of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), a researcher who’s studied the impact of the glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, on fertilised sea urchin cells has revealed, even small amounts of this chemical activate one of the key processes in cell division. According to Bellé, this indicates that it has the potential to cause changes that could lead to cancer. So why is it still being used? He says that although he realized how important this information was, he was ordered not to report it because doing so could hamper the development of GMOs.
An additional cause for concern is that glyphosate, which Monsanto held the patent for until 2000, is now the active ingredient in many other commonly used weed killers. Unfortunately, people are wrongly assuming these products are safe too owing in large part to the deceptive marketing practices Monsanto used to win broad acceptance for Roundup.
I highly recommend you watch The World According To Monsanto (2009) for further information.