Cass, Have you looked at the review of literature Caroline Cox did? I'm
curious because it seems so compelling to me. BTW, there seems to be a
number of 'organic' folks who see Roundup as benign, or relatively so,
like Jeff Ball and Stevie O. Daniels (former editor of Organic
Gardening, who, albeit faintheartedly, recommends glyphosate in her Wild
Lawn Handbook, Macmillan 1995, ISBN 0-02-529445-8)
> I chose this product after considerable digging through the literature. I
> firmly believe that overuse of ANY chemical agricultural aid, be it
> herbicide, pesticide, or fungicide, will cause problems, and it's only a
> question of time until those problems evidence themselves. But I also
> believe that judicious, targeted use of such technology is not only
> warranted but wise.
When did you begin to use Roundup?
Thanks for your post.
> Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 11:22:46 -0500
> From: "Michele Gale-Sinex/CIAS, UW-Madison" <mgs@AAE.WISC.EDU>
> Subject: Glyphosate safety
> Howdy, all--
> Warren Porter, outgoing chair of the UW-Madison Dept. of Zoology and
> CIAS Faculty Associate, has tracked glyphosate safety in scientific
> literature. I asked him whether he had any citations for research on
> this topic. Below is his response.
> His point #4 refers to the 3rd World Congress on Herpetology, in
> Prague, last August 2-10 ('97). The URL I have for that event is
> Warren is currently on sabbatical.
> If someone is inclined to dismiss glyphosate as safe, they should
> check out
> 1) C. Clements, S. Ralph and M. Petras. 1997. Genotoxicity of select
> herbicides in Rana catesbeiana tadpoles using the alkaline single-cell
> gel DNA electrophoresis (comet) assay. Env. & Molec. Mutagenesis
> 2) Yousef, M.I., M.H. Salem, H.Z. Ibrahim, S. Helmi, M.A. Seehy and K.
> Bertheussen. 1995. Toxic effects of carbofuran and glyphosate on semen
> characteristics in rabbits. J. Env. Sci. & Health. - Part B:
> Pesticides, Food Contaminants, & Ag. Wastes. 30(4): 513-34.
> 3) Wester, R.C., D. Ouan and H.I. Maibach. 1996. In vitro percutaneous
> absorption of model compounds glyphosate and malathion from cotton
> fabric into and through human skin. Food & Chem. Toxic. 34(8): 731-5.
> 4) Glyphosate and a number of related herbicides have recently been
> banned from use near waterways in Australia because it has been
> found that the surfactants in these herbicides are more toxic than
> the parent compounds. They interfere with the normal surfactants in
> larval skins causing serious disruption of ion exchanges across the
> skin, which is lethal to the larvae. This was reported in August,
> 1997, in several papers at the International Herpetological Congress
> in Prague. I don't know the status of the publication of those
> reports. I am pretty sure at least one of them is out now.
Thanks, Misha, for this post.
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