Saturday, August 24, 2013

An Unexpected Problem With Monsanto’s Roundup

 There’s another problem with Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup besides it’s encouraging the growth of super weeds, and the need for ever greater applications of insecticide. The unexpected issue is radioactivity.

 It turns out that phosphate ore is mined to produce phosphorus which is used to make glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup.

 To get the phosphorus, Monsanto maintains the only plant in the US that refines the phosphate ore. At the end of the process you are left with molten slag which contains radioactive uranium and radium. Oh, by the way, Monsanto produces over 200 million pounds of the stuff every year. crazy for the environment!

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