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Danish drinking water resources are under attack from glyphosate - the
active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide - "against all
expectations sieving down through the soil and polluting the ground
water at a rate of five times more than the allowed level for drinking water".

"When we spray glyphosate on the fields by the rules it has been shown
that it is washed down into the upper ground water with a concentration
of 0.54 micrograms per litre. This is very surprising, because we had
previously believed that bacteria in the soil broke down the glyphosate
before it reached the ground water."

just imagine wht it would be like if RR crops were commercialised
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http://politiken.dk/VisArtikel.sasp?PageID=269614
Poisonous Spray on a Course Towards Drinking Water

Af Anders Legarth Schmidt

Denmark's most popular herbicide Roundup is polluting the underground
water far more than previously thought. Agriculture uses yearly 800 tons
of active glyphosate in herbicide. The Environment Minister is looking
at taking steps to address this.

The Danish drinking water resources are under attack from an unexpected
quarter. The chemical glyphosate that is in the popular herbicides
Roundup and Touchdown is against all expectations sieving down through
the soil and polluting the ground water at a rate of five times more
than the allowed level for drinking water.

This has been shown from tests done by the Denmark and Greenland
Geological Research Institution (DGGRI) in an as yet unpublished
article.

Believed Bacteria broke down glyphosate

"When we spray glyphosate on the fields by the rules it has been shown
that it is washed down into the upper ground water with a concentration
of 0.54 micrograms per litre. This is very surprising, because we had
previously believed that bacteria in the soil broke down the glyphosate
before it reached the ground water."

It is the Environment Ministry that has given permission to use
glyphosate - based on the producers [Monsanto's] own research.

Used against Twitch and Thistles

Farmers spray glyphosate on their fields after the harvest to keep the
soil free of twitch and thistles. It had been earlier found in wells in
Roskilde and Storstroms regions as well as the Copenhagen district
council area. Critics say glyphosate causes cancer, while its defenders
call it a wonder herbicide.

Professor Mogens Henze the head of the Institute for Environment and
Resources at Denmark's Technical University, says that the consequence
of the new knowledge is that water works in five to ten years will need
to clean the water before Danes can drink it.

"The results show that glyphosate is polluting our drinking water. And
unfortunately we have only seen the tip of the iceberg, because
glyphosate and many other spray chemicals are on their way through the
soil at this point in time. Politicians need to look at agriculture in
relation to clean drinking water and decide what it is they are going to
do." says Mogens Henze, who isn't blaming the farmers who use something
that the authorities have allowed.

Use Doubled

Statistics from the Environment Ministry show that the use of glyphosate
has doubled in the last five years. In 2001 800 tons was used and that
made up a quarter of farmers total use of pesticides. This shows that
glyphosate is the most used herbicide by farmers.

As a result of the new research from DGGRI the Environment Minister Hans
Christian Schmidt is currently thinking about doing something about the
use of glyphosate on Danish fields.

"It is simply not acceptable that this stuff is turning up in our
groundwater in such a concentration so high over the acceptable level. If
this is the case then we must react quickly" says the Environment
Minister, who is awaiting a report from the Environment Ministry.

 

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