Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and the most heavily used agricultural chemical in history, is being blamed for “widespread health problems including liver disease and even cancer in humans”1 because the contamination is rampant:
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But that’s not all. It’s also being blamed for the death of our oceans and its coral reefs, via farmland runoff.
“In an Argentinian study from 2011 entitled Effects of Herbicide Glyphosate and Glyphosate-Based Formulations on Aquatic Ecosystems, researchers outline the effects that glyphosate has on phytoplankton, an ocean-blooming algae, which is the foundation of the food chain for the entire sea. If the phytoplankton dies, then the entire ocean ecology is disrupted, leading to increased temperatures and acidification.
This is especially significant in light of major damage being reported to the world’s coral reefs, and recent news of a massive coral die off in the Great Barrier Reef has alarmed many. While some maintain that reef die-offs of this scale are linked to ocean acidification and rising ocean temperatures, those concerned with glyphosate toxicity point out that if the herbicide can kill ocean-borne phytoplankton, the primary food source of coral, then it is easy to make the link between the overuse of this chemical and many problems in the world’s bodies of water.”2
Monsanto claims that glyphosate has a “specific half-life” which renders it inactive by the time it becomes farmland “runoff” and that once it’s diluted in the ocean it no longer has the strength to be a phytoplankton killer, however, “ocean and coral reef death can be traced to phytoplankton die-off, which has accelerated by 40 percent since the 1950’s.”3
And what new substance was introduced to our world in the last forty years that can kill almost all land-based plants?