basic errors in studies refuting the dangers of glyphosate
.This should come as no surprise, since Monsanto has been involvedin
several known cases of scientific fraud
regarding the samechemical, wherein the EPA found multiple instances in which labswere paid to falsify preferred results for the company. Monsantohas also been charged in multiple jurisdictions for
about its Roundup products
glyphosate is still the top-selling herbicide around theworld
. And it's not just used to kill weeds, either. The U.S. militarysprays glyphosate from airplanes onto drug crops as part of itsworldwide anti-narcotic strategy. The best known example of suchan effort was named Plan Colombia by the Clinton Administrationand persists today.But punishment is meted out unequally. Because glyphosate is anherbicide and is not specifically targeted to work against drugcrops (as is easily deduced by the fact that it's used against cocaand poppy plants as well as against household weeds in the U.S.),the spray kills legitimate crops, too.That is, unless you're growing Monsanto's specially-formulated"Roundup Ready" crops. The you can spray nearly unlimitedamounts of the stuff, which is what it seems farmers (as well asthe U.S. military) are doing.It seems that the whole operation may have backfired though, atleast from the perspective of the governments that are promotingsuch a strategy. The effort has lead to coca growers cutting downnational forests -- where such spraying is often against the law --to produce their illicit crops. But Mother Nature may be rebellingagainst drug policy as well.
coca plants appear to be eitherevolving
on their own (or
with the help of coca farmers' activeselection
) -- or they are possibly crossing with Roundup Readycrops already on the ground -- to produce a glyphosate-resistantcrop known as
.One TNI study looked at the
political and commercial motivesfor continuing to spray the chemical
on drug crops in SouthAmerica regardless of findings that the effort is counterproductiveat best:It is true that the United States is behind fumigation, backedby the economic interests of companies such as Monsanto andDynCorp, who share in this lucrative business -– which is oneof the reasons it meets with opposition. But it is also true thatthe disastrous consequences of the current anti-drug policy,of which fumigation is but one component, are a reality thatsurpasses ideologies, and the nations that suffer itsconsequences firsthand must find a solution instead of becoming polarised...Colombia would not fumigate if it weren’t for pressure from theUS. It would be implementing other forms of eradication oroffering alternative development programmes that provideincome to the population.The group suggested that South American countries band togetherto refuse U.S. anti-narcotic spraying on environmental and humansafety grounds, as
has been done in Afghanistan
.In 2004, Joshua Davis had the
plant tested todetermine its provenance for Wired Magazine. He concludes thatthe glyphosate-resistant coca plant he found in Colombia was
most likely developed in the fields by farmers grafting onchance genetic mutations
.But the resulting article is perhaps most interesting for the taciturnresponse on all sides of the issue. Davis suggests that SouthAmerican authorities don't want to talk about the situationbecause the revelation might cost countries that receive a largeamount of U.S. aid to combat drug traffickers. The U.S.government doesn't want coca farmers who don't already know tofind out about the new strain, because it can still eradicate oldstrains with glyphosate. And drug growers who do have the newstrain certainly don't want the status quo to end, becausecurrently the U.S. government is doing their weeding for free.But on the larger cost-benefit analysis, the biggest winner isMonsanto. The more Roundup Ready crops there are out there, theMainstream Media Shut OutBernie Sanders?
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