For decades, Monsanto has claimed that the glyphosate in its Roundup herbicide breaks down so quickly that we shouldn’t worry about the chemical’s impact on soils. Independent scientists (i.e., scientists not funded by the chemical industry) have disagreed.
Now, a new study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and two Dutch laboratories confirms:
Contrary to manufacturers’ claims, glyphosate persists in soils, not only affecting soil fertility and crop quality, but also posing risks to human and environmental health.
According to the study, 45 percent of Europe’s topsoil contains glyphosate residues. The study was conducted in six crop systems in 11 EU member states on soils in different geographical and climatic conditions.
According to 2015 figures, 440 million acres of farmland are planted in GMO crops, worldwide.
Given that the quality and health of soil is directly related to the quality of our own health, isn’t it time to get glyphosate out of our soils?