Is Monsanto poisoning us? The dirt on glyphosate
Glyphosate is the active chemical in Monsanto's (now Bayer's) popular herbicide, Round-up. Glyphosate attacks a particular plant enzyme that is critical to plant growth, and this makes it a highly targeted chemical. Tests show it is less toxic than table salt. Online, and around the world, however, there is a vocal community who demonize Monsanto and believe that the government has colluded with industry to hide the true dangers of Round-up from a gullible populace. This is not an irrational response. Society has been fed lies from 'big tobacco', and we have been seeing the same playbook on display again from the oil industry in response to climate change. Why should people believe Monsanto? Well for one, the science appears to be mostly on their side. In addition, widespread Glyphosate use has displaced significantly more toxic herbicides from agriculture, thus benefiting the environment. In this podcast I review the history of Glyphosate, the science surrounding health impacts and potential association with cancer, and the regulatory and legal framework that is failing to do its job to protect producers of safe chemicals thanks to an appalling lack of scientific literacy amongst the general public.
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