7-12 of 17 – Glyphosate in Wind, Rain; Down the Drain?

March 17, 2017 Josh Tasman 0

Guest Author: Iida Ruishalme
Series 17 Questions about Glyphosate! In questions 7-11 I go through the evidence for whether glyphosate can be detected, and if so then in which quantities, in each of the following: air and rainwater, urine, breastmilk, wine, and wheat. I have also added extra sections on glyphosate in honey, vaccines, and tampons.

Question 12. delves into the common verbal images of farmers ‘drenching’ their fields in pesticides, and how much farmers actually use.

6 of 17 – Is Glyphosate an especially dangerous pesticide?

March 15, 2017 Josh Tasman 0

GUEST AUTHOR: Iida Ruishalme
The pesticides in use today are significantly less toxic than those used even a few decades ago, and despite what many might think, glyphosate is actually among the safest of the bunch. If you look at the doses that have proven lethal to half of the laboratory animals tested, the so called Lethal Dose 50 (LD50), you find that some of the most common organic herbicides, such as clove oil, acetic acid, and cinnamon oil, are also more toxic than glyphosate. In fact, when it comes to the lethal dose, even table salt is more toxic than glyphosate

5 of 17 – Could Glyphosate be another case like DDT or Thalidomide?

March 13, 2017 Josh Tasman 20

GUEST AUTHOR: Iida Ruishalme
Hearing science-speak conclusions like “failure to show adverse effects”, or “no correlation found”, or “not likely to pose risk” often leaves a layman out cold in the mists of the inherent scientific uncertainty. For our everyday logic, there is a threshold of such little perceived risk, where we simply declare something safe. But science holds fast to the humble intellectual honesty of saying “despite all our best efforts, there is still a very slim chance of an effect that could become evident in some unknown context in the future”. That may make our everyday brains feel uneasy.

4 of 17 – Does Glyphosate Harm Gut Bacteria?

March 10, 2017 Josh Tasman 0

GUEST AUTHOR: Iida Ruishalme
In my series 17 Questions about Glyphosate, question 4. looks at glyphosate and its potential to affect our gut bacteria. This is one of the favourite returning points for many who find the newness of the field of microbiome research a reason be extra cautious, and in the process, sometimes jump into some rather hasty conclusions.

2,3 of 17 – Glyphosate and Health Effects A-Z

March 8, 2017 Josh Tasman 0

GUEST AUTHOR: Iida Ruishalme
In my series 17 Questions about Glyphosate, question 2. looks at glyphosate and health effects, and also at what role surfactants might play in some of the results. *Added: Information about glyphosate breakdown product AMPA, and a section on endocrine disruptor claims and Seralini, et al. Question 3. looks at the colourful claims computer scientist Stephanie Seneff has produced by running samples of the scientific literature through her computer algorithms.

1 of 17 – Does Glyphosate Cause Cancer?

March 6, 2017 Josh Tasman 0

GUEST AUTHOR: Iida Ruishalme
Much media and public attention on glyphosate followed after World Health Organisation subgroup, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared that according to their classification, glyphosate falls under substances 2a – “probably carcinogenic”. What the media attention often failed to report is that IARC does not actually look at risk – how big is the risk for said carcinogenic effects? What levels are safe and what aren’t?

17 Questions About Glyphosate

March 2, 2017 Josh Tasman 1

GUEST AUTHOR: Iida Ruishalme
Many worry about pesticides for health or environmental reasons and the most common target of general concern is undoubtedly glyphosate, the active ingredient in the famous weedkiller RoundUp. I find that the best thing to do when something worries me is to find out more about it.