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MMWD- should we use Round-up near our drinking water?

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valeri hood November 12, 2012 at 02:02 AM
List of References on the Health Effects of Glyphosate (Roundup) False advertising by Monsanto regarding the safety of Roundup herbicide ... Benachour, N., Sipahutar, H., Moslemi, S., Gasnier, C., Travert, C., Séralini, G-E. 2007. ... Case-control study of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and exposure to pesticides. responsibletechnology.org/.../reference-health-effects-of-glyphosate Genetically Modified Corn Study Reveals Health Damage and ... Seralini studies endocrine disruptors and the impact of pesticides on health. .... According to Seralini, an oilseed rape (GT 73), Roundup Ready corn (NK 603), ... www.responsibletechnology.org/...studies/Genetically-Modified-Corn-Study- Reveals-Health-Damage-and-Cover-up-June-2005 Institute for Responsible Technology - The Academy reported that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including ... Roundup Could Cause Birth Defects ... www.responsibletechnology.org/ 1/5/09: French studies show RoundUp causes human 1/5/09 For the first time, the toxicity mechanisms of four different Roundup formulations were studied in human cells. They act at doses where they are ... www.responsibletechnology.org/frenchstudy-jan2009 http://www.responsibletechnology.org/ http://www.responsibletechnology.org/fraud/rigged-studies/Genetically-Modified-Corn-Study-Reveals-Health-Damage-and-Cover-up-June-2005 http://responsibletechnology.org/gmo-dangers/health-risks/reference-health-effects-of-glyphosate
valeri hood November 12, 2012 at 02:11 AM
As a result of Fairfax residents doing some investigative work in 2004 we found out the MMWD, unbeknownst to MMWD Boardmembers, was using pesticides in the watershed. The Board then placed a "temporary" moratorium on the use as a result of a huge turnout when they addressed Fairfax's demand they stop using pesticides in our watershed. MMWD now decided that they needed to re-start their pesticide program. We continue to hear about fuel loads, the flammability of Scotch Broom, sold at some marin nurseries, and wild fires- the fire departments want the the watershed cleared of broom. They seem determined to use both Monsanto's RoundUp and Triclopyr which we know is deadly on amphibians. MMWD brought in the pesticide specialist from the CDF&G who was asked about the 9th Circuit Decision requiring setback/buffer zones from pesticide use along salmon streams and he responded saying he had never heard of it. So much for CDF&G's expert. MMWD keeps saying all the other agencies, like State Parks, GGNRA, the Coastal Conservancy with their Spartina Project, etc use these low risk pesticides similar to what EBRPD is now saying, using MMWD as an example. There are a number of physicians as well as I've added two physicians as health care advocates whol have been working on pesticide issues in Marin for some time now. Perhaps they can add to the conversation.
marnie glickman November 12, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Thanks for posting Valeri. The Marin Greens think we oppose using roundup near our drinking water. We will be there on THursday.
tony masi November 12, 2012 at 05:46 AM
You don't sound too sure. Does that mean you're on the fence regarding Roundup use? I personally would like to see a strong commitment to advocating a general and complete boycott of any Monsanto product. Are there any effective alternatives for eradicating Scotch Broom that could be proposed instead? I don't mean to sound too harsh, and I plan to do some of my own further research, but is Roundup really the only option we have to kill Scotch Broom?
marnie glickman November 12, 2012 at 08:09 AM
Yes. The Greens are sure. Roundup isn't the only option.
tony masi November 12, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Thank you, Marnie, for that definitive reply. I don't know much about plant eradication (I know nothing). But I do know that I would rather not have Monsanto or any of its products anywhere near me. I believe Monsanto to be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Yvette Wakefield November 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM
It is known that Roundup is causing birth defects when sprayed on fields of Monsanto Roundup-Ready soybeans. That is in human babies. Why would we use that here? We have been over this before and this is nonsense to be considering using this poison in our environment.
Yvette Wakefield November 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Which nurseries? They should be made to do eradication! (manually)
Sierra Salin November 13, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I suggest that the MMWD board be made to drink Roundup on a daily basis, since they think it is so grand.
tony masi November 15, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Valeri, thank you so much for posting this and aiding our community. I plan to be there.
tony masi November 17, 2012 at 09:14 PM
"Biological control offers the only economic solution for long-term reduction of existing [Broom] infestations." Although the pervasive invading weed is French Broom, there have been positive results regarding Scotch Broom biological control. "One research study from Oregon found that E. fuscirostre attacked 40-60% of pods and that of those pods attacked, 85% of the seeds were destroyed. In California, seed production was reduced by 60%." "Initial findings from research on B. villosus ongoing in Oregon (where the beetle is relatively new) show that 10-25% of seedpods have been attacked. In North Carolina, where the beetle has been established for many years, more than 80% seed reduction is reported." Unfortunately, it takes at least 5-7 years for a biological control insect population to be large enough to impact the broom infestations, so we have to start implementing the process as soon as possible. I read in yesterday's IJ that the plan that forgoes herbicides would cost the district $5.8 million per year, while the plan with herbicide use would only be $1.6 million per year. I don't think health concerns alone will sway the decision for a program free of herbicides. We have to also present an alternative that will be economically feasible for the long term control and management of Broom.
Sierra Salin November 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Great idea Tony, and I wonder, worry, about, what effect will the beetle have a few years down the way? Nature is such an intertwined web of diversity......
tony masi November 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I agree. It can be tricky. I'm still doing the research. Some studies have been started, and some are lost in limbo due to lack of funding. I don't quite understand it. There's an International Broom Initiative, a California Invasive Plant Council, and a Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, and so far the only really encouraging attitude for grazing and biological control is coming out of Australia. The report of more than 80% seed reduction in NC is mentioned by the King County Noxious Weed Control Proram, but I can't find any primary report from NC itself. My ultimate goal is to gather enough information together to present the MMWD with a fiscally sensible alternative to the herbicide use proposed in plan #2 of the WPHIP. Do I know what I'm doing? No, not really. But I'm willing to give it a shot. I think the insects deserve a fair evaluation and prefer their company to glyphosates.

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