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Is Monsanto’s RoundUp (Glyphosate) the New Agent Orange?

Christina Sarich
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November 18th, 2013
Updated 05/07/2014 at 1:34 pm
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gasmasks 263x164 Is Monsantos RoundUp (Glyphosate) the New Agent Orange?Monsanto has been in the poison game for a long time. All the propaganda in the world can’t erase the fact that they first poisoned thousand of Vietnamese, Thai, and Koreans as well as countless American soldiers with Agent Orange, who only now receive compensation for the effects of Monsanto’s bio-warfare decades later. The proof is finally so pervasive that the company can no longer just sweep away evidence of their evil-doing.

While it was our own government who did the spraying, they colluded with Monsanto, one of the nine government contractors who made the toxic combination of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T, which came to be called Agent Orange. Many people don’t know this, but after decades of research proving that Agent Orange is lethal and tens of millions of dollars paid to victims in settlements – it is still being used in many Asian countries.

The company has switched to using it’s best-selling herbicide RoundUp predominately now, yet another innocent product constructed of poisons even the most stalwart farmer would wince at should they really understand its fallout. RoundUp is made of glyphosate, the primary active ingredient and Agent Orange of our time. Even the RoundUp label warns not to get the stuff in your eyes or on your skin, and to wear gloves when handling it – so what makes it o.k. to eat?

RoundUp “ kills weeds because glyphosate (a salt compound) inhibits enzyme pathways, preventing plants from synthesizing amino acids necessary for growth. It basically stops plants from eating, so they die.” It is probable that Monsanto and other companies who use this substance under other names besides RoundUp are now dumping more than 300 million pounds of this toxic poison into our soil annually. It’s use has at least tripled since 1990.

Read: Stopping Resurgence of Agent Orange in Food Supply

This calls into question some of the arguments posted by anti-labeling and pro-GMO propagandists who say that “the science isn’t conclusive that GMO herbicides are dangerous.” Meanwhile, hundreds of scientists, many being former pro-GMO, are speaking up about the ineffectiveness and potential dangers surrounding GMOs. The idea is similar to how the tobacco industry lied to citizens for decades about the ill-effects of cigarettes and how they cause lung cancer, among other problems.

This is why countless people continue to rail against Monsanto. It’s why Monsanto and their nefarious crew of poison mongers (the Grocery Manufacturer’s of America) spend millions of dollars illegally to try to defeat GMO labeling bills.

The truth is that RoundUp, in the form of glyphosate, is just another product of the military industrial complex, and an evolution of Agent Orange. If we don’t wake up and fight, en masse, then Monsanto and its government connections will completely destroy our food supply and our planet.

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  • Steve Hiltner

    Used in massive amounts over 100+ million acres of Roundup-Ready corn and soybeans, glyphosate is ecologically destructive. Used in highly targeted, tiny amounts by land managers trying to restore balance in the forest by applying glyphosate to the stumps of invasive shrubs so that they don’t grow back, glyphosate is the low-toxicity herbicide of choice. Medicines, too, become toxic when used in amounts that exceed the prescription. Shall we demonize all medicines? You have to make distinctions. Otherwise, you’re like anyone who denies climate change because CO2 is a “good” molecule.

  • rich

    I have worked in the chemical industry for 8 years now , do you think that I may have been contaminated , we sell 3 different types of roundup , depitox (2,4d amine ) amongst many other herbicides.

    • Karen Scribner

      You don’t have to work in the chemical industry to get environmental contaminants. Everyone has a equal chance.

  • My War Too

    Please, for the sake of posterity, get your facts straight: the US government did not “collude” with Monsanto (and Dow who also produced AO for them) but REQUESTED that the chemical companies create an effective herbicide that not only killed vegetation but poisoned it- as in the vegetable gardens and rice paddies of the Vietnamese. Rice being the staple that the “enemy” and everyone else in the country lived on. Secondly, there were MILLIONS of Vietnamese and other civilians in SE Asia that were poisoned by the dumping of over 20 MILLION GALLONS of AO by the US. Children are still being born in VN with catastrophic birth defects from their parents’ exposure to AO. AO (dioxin is the deadliest molecule created by mankind) is NOT water soluble so has remained in the soil and water in VN for close to 50 years. It also attaches to sperm and, therefore, carries its gene mutation to the next generation, and the next. Tens of thousands of US Armed Forces have died, suffered and been denied care by the VA. Monsanto (and Dow) and the US government COLLUDED back in the 80s to offer a settlement (a pittance) to those GIs who applied for compensation AS LONG AS THEY WOULD NEVER COME BACK FOR MORE!! Desperately ill, they agreed.
    Orphanages in VN are filled with babies and toddlers with hydrocephalus, missing digits, limbs, no eyes, blindness, and other birth defects directly related to AO. Please, PLEASE dig a little deeper!

  • Humanitarian

    The comment section clearly has monsatan paid followers. No worries tho, if they eat it aswell, they’ll die soon enough.

  • Cairenn Day

    There is no chemical similarities between Agent Orange and glyphosate. To imply that there is is just misinformation similar to saying that your house cat is the same thing as a wolf. They are both carnivores, similarity ENDS.

    Monsanto made AO to the government’s specification, so did other companies. That Monsanto company does not exist any more. Just another ‘fact’ that is misrepresented here.

    Glyphosate is not a deadly poison to humans and animals.

    Maybe it time to stop twisting stories to fit your agenda of HATE toward Monsanto.

    • My War Too

      And for another “twist”- technically “Monsanto” doesn’t “exist” because it is owned by Pfizer one of the world’s most powerful drug companies. To our knowledge there was only ONE “other” company that produced AO for the DoD and it was Dow. Get YOUR facts straight, sister!
      A “little” poison is no better than “a lot” of poison.

  • JustSayNO

    Check your water quality reports – it’s in the stuff you drink too :) Bless ‘em Monsatan think of everything!

  • celio

    Do not let me speak my mind, because of censorship?

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  • Ben Schaefer

    Look at that picture. Honest question for you,

    Do you think anyone really respects your journalism integrity?

  • BryanHeadrick

    No, it’s not. They’re two completely different compounds. For one thing, Roundup has a 30-day half-life in the soil. agent orange is pretty much in the soil indefinitely.
    The only thing they have in common is they’re both herbicides.
    Thanks for asking.

    • marysaunders

      The French made Monsanto remove claims about glyphosphate being biodegradeable. Under some conditions it may break down more quickly. Under other conditions, it does not.

  • dnl

    The
    people who call themselves govt funded the research off stolen money
    called “taxes”, asked for the product, wrote words on paper and called
    it “law” to moralize the product AND THE MILITARY SPREAD AGENT ORANGE..
    let’s keep the facts straight!!!!!

  • anonymous

    Great piece, we really need to stop Monsanto. Thank you

  • Shannon Scott

    Is it not ironic that the pop up ad for this article is for Round Up? Just say’n.