– Crops Are Drenched with Roundup Pesticide Right Before Harvest (Washington’s Blog, Nov 17, 2014):
Roundup Is Dumped On Crops Right BEFORE Harvest … to Save a Buck
Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (technically known as “glyphosate”) has been linked to many diseases.
However, farmers appear to be dumping it on crops right before harvest.
Specifically, Monsanto International published a paper in 2010 touting the application of Roundup to kill crops right before harvest, in order to dry out the crops in advance and produce a more uniform and earlier harvest (starting on page 28):
Benefits of using glyphosate:
Uneven maturity and green tissue delays harvest. Spraying glyphosate desiccates green foliage & stems. The photograph (below left) shows the uniform dessication of sunflower by the use of glyphosate(Roundup Bioaktiv) applied by helicopter in Hungary (Czepó, 2009a). The photograph (below right) shows complete foliar desiccation of grain maize on the right side 14 days after application of glyphosate (Roundup Bioaktiv) at 0.54kg ae/ ha in 7 0L/ ha applied by helicopter using Reglojet nozzles and including Bandrift Plus at 0.1 % at 34% grain moisture in Hungary, with the untreated visible on the left-hand side.
Lower drying costs
Monsanto trials in Hungary on grain maize and sunflower clearly show the effect of the use of glyphosate on % grain moisture ….
At harvest glyphosate treated maize had moisture content some 4% lower than untreated maize. Glyphosate treated sunflower seed moisture was 10+°/0 lower than untreated sunflower. Treated grain was at 19 and 7% respectively in these trials.
The requirement to further dry the seed/ grain to 14-16% for stable storage of maize, or 8-10% for sunflower, was thus either reduced or eliminated.
Earlier harvest to get higher price
Harvest management is an important management technique enabling earlier harvest, particularly important for the ‘stay-green’ hybrids. Increased levels of ‘stay-green’ trait may result in such desiccation practice becoming ever more common in sunflowers (Larson et al, 2008). Some commercial trials on grain maize in Hungary, as above, commented on earlier harvest bringing a higher price. Work on sunflower in by North Dakota State University department of Plant Science show that glyphosate brought harvest earlier by 5-10 days (Howatt, 2007). Sunflower harvest was brought forward 2-3 weeks by glyphosate treatment in Hungary (Monsanto, 2009a).
By bringing harvest date forward 2-3 weeks growers can more often meet the optimum planting date for winter wheat establishment so maximising yield (Czepó, 2009b).
(Given that enough Roundup is applied to full-grown plants to completely kill them, much higher quantities of Roundup are obviously being applied than would be required simply to keep away weeds (while keeping the plants alive).
Similarly, the plants don’t have time to metabolize or otherwise get rid of the Roundup, and there is not time for rains to wash away the Roundup before harvest. Instead, Roundup is dumped on the plants to dry them out, and then they are quickly harvested … with high levels of Roundup still present.
Similarly, Monsanto literature regarding Roundup encourages Canadian farmers to apply dump Roundup applications on many crops – including wheat, feed barley, oats, canola, flax, peas, lentils, and dry beans – right before harvest:
Preharvest is the best time for controlling Canada thistle, quackgrass, perennial sowthistle, dandelion, toadflax, and milkweed. A preharvest weed control application is an excellent management strategy to not only control perennial weeds, but to facilitate harvest management and get a head start on next year’s crop.
And Manitoba Pulse Growers Association reports:
Desiccants (or harvest management tools) are used
worldwide by growers who are producing crops that
require “drying down” to create uniformity of plant
material at harvest. These products may also assist in
pre-harvest weed control. In Canada, products such
as diquat (Reglone) and glyphosate (Roundup) have
been used as desiccants in pulse crops in the past …
Big agribusiness may save a buck … but we may all be paying with our health.
H/t Dr. Stephanie Seneff.
More important information on Glyphosate (Roundup):
– LIES: WSU Researchers Find Glyphosate-Free Breast Milk For Monsanto
– Monsanto American Genocide Project … Dr. Stephanie Seneff: ‘Roundup: The Elephant In The Room’ – Autism Epidemic (Video)
– Monsanto Invests Billions In New Carcinogenic Herbicide To Replace RoundUp
– Monsanto Knew of Glyphosate Cancer Link 35 Years Ago
– Research Reveals Previously Unknown Pathway By Which Monsanto’s Roundup (Glyphosate) Wrecks Health
– WHO Glyphosate Report Ends Thirty Year Cancer Cover Up
– Monsanto Pledges $4 Million To Help Save Monarch Butterflies … AFTER It Brought Them Close To Extinction
– ‘I’m Not Stupid’ Monsanto Lobbyist Refuses To Drink Weedkiller After Proclaiming ‘It Won’t Hurt You’
– New Study Shows Roundup Herbicide Causes Antibiotic Resistance In Bacteria
– WHO: Roundup Weedkiller Containing Glyphosate Is ‘Probably Carcinogenic To Humans’
– USGS: Technical Announcement: Widely Used Herbicide Commonly Found in Rain and Streams in the Mississippi River Basin
– Roundup Herbicide Is Endocrine Disruptor In Human Cells At Drinking Water Levels
– Same delusional people who say vaccines are safe also insist GMOs, glyphosate, aspartame, mercury and radiation are safe, too
– Pennsylvania Researchers Discover Glyphosate Herbicide in Honey and Soy Sauce
– Roundup-Ready GM Crops Leave Monarch Butterflies Close To Extinction
– GMOs And Glyphosate Discovered in Kellogg’s Froot Loops
– Dr. Jayasumana: Glyphosate Leads to 5-Fold Increase in Deadly Kidney Disease Risk
– Top MIT Scientist: Roundup Causes Autism
– Dr. Edward Group: GMO, Endocrine Disruptors … They Want You Dead And Totally Neutralized (Video)
– Dr. Santadino: Glyphosate (Roundup Ready) Destroys Earthworm Eisenia fetida Populations
– Another Independent Study Confirms Monsanto’s RoundUp Chemicals Are Lethal, Even in Small Doses
– Food Safety Experts Slam USDA over 2,4-D GM Crops Approval
– Chinese and International Experts Slam GMOs and Glyphosate at Beijing Conference
– Dr. Krüger: Glyphosate Increases Birth Defects In Piglets
– New Séralini Study Shows Monsanto’s Roundup Damages Sperm
– Glyphosate Decreases Yield, Seedling Quality Of Roundup Ready Soybeans; Increases Rate Of Fungal Disease
– The Glyphosate Toxicity Studies You’re Not Allowed to See
– Reactions To Republication Of Landmark Seralini GMO Study
– Republication Of The Séralini Study: Science Speaks For Itself
– Dr. Schinasi: Glyphosate Herbicides Linked to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
– Monsanto’s Darkest Secret: Roundup’s Effect On The Fetus
– 3 Studies Proving Highly Toxic Glyphosate Found In Urine, Blood, And Even Breast Milk
– World’s Number 1 Herbicide Discovered In U.S. Mothers’ Breast Milk
– Brazil’s Federal Public Prosecutor Requests Total Ban Of Glyphosate Herbicides
– Dr Cattani: Roundup Causes Toxic Damage To Rat Brains
– Scientist Slams Biotech Industry Over Deadly Kidney Disease Epidemic
– Gov. Study: Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% of Air And Rain Samples
– Monsanto’s Roundup Causes ‘Gluten Intolerance’
– Pesticide Formulations Up To 1000 Times More Toxic Than Active Ingredients Tested For Safety
– Study: Pesticide Evaluations Dishonest And Misleading
– Dr. Mercurio: Glyphosate Is Most Resistant To Biodegredation In Sea Water
– Governments Ignore Definitive Proof That Monsanto’s Roundup Causes Birth Defects
– UK Bread And Cereal Bars Found To Be Contaminated With Toxic GLYPHOSATE
– El Salvador Bans Glyphosate
– Study: Roundup And Glyphosate Toxicity Underestimated
– GMO And Monsanto Roundup: Glyphosate Weedkiller In Our Food and Water?
– Glyphosate In Monsanto’s Roundup Inhibits Natural Detoxification In Human Cells: Study
– Study: New Review Of Hundreds Of Scientific Studies Surrounding Glyphosate Links Monsanto’s Roundup To Autism, Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s
– USDA Received Dire Pathogen Warning BEFORE Deregulating GM Alfalfa
– Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Linked To Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria
– Study: GMO Toxins Found In Nearly All Pregnant Women, Unborn Babies
– GMO Technology, Glyphosate Toxicity Leaving Men Sterile
– Jeffrey Smith’s Full Presentation On Deadly GMO’s (Video)
– FIRST LONG-TERM GMO STUDY: Monsanto GMO Corn & Roundup Cause Massive Tumors In Lab Animals (Video)
– Shocking GMO Study: Rats Fed Lifetime Of GM Corn Grow Horrifying Tumors, 70% Of Females Die Early
– Study: Roundup Herbicide 450-Fold Diluted Is Still Genotoxic
– Illinois Government Secretly Destroys Beekeeper’s Bees And 15 Years Of Research Proving Monsanto’s Roundup Kills Bees
– Farmers Sue Monsanto And US Tobacco Giants Knowingly Poisoned Argentinean Tobacco Farmers With Pesticides, Causing ‘Devastating Birth Defects’ In Their Children
– Monsanto Secretly Poisoning Population With Roundup – Scientist And Friends Attacked For Exposing Roundup Link To Birth Defects
– ROUNDUP: Birth Defects Caused By World’s Top-Selling Weedkiller, Scientists Say
– Roundup Birth Defects: Regulators Knew World’s Best-Selling Herbicide Causes Problems, New Report Finds
– Scientists Warn Of Dangerous New Pathogen From Roundup Ready Treated Monsanto GM Crops Causing Infertility And Spontaneous Abortions
– Roundup, GMOs linked to emergence of deadly new pathogen causing spontaneous abortions among animals
– Monsanto’s Roundup Triggers Over 40 Plant Diseases and Endangers Human and Animal Health
– Study: Monsanto’s Roundup Kills Human Cells (Flashback)
– Scientist: Monsanto’s herbicide could cause brain, intestinal and heart defects in foetuses