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Plummeting insect numbers threaten collapse of nature
09-06-2019, 02:56 AM (This post was last modified: 09-06-2019 03:16 AM by Dan.)
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RE: Plummeting insect numbers threaten collapse of nature
(09-05-2019 11:08 AM)Albert Chan Wrote:  Even if a chemical is carcinogenic, it is the dose that matter.

That's exactly why you should be concerned. According to a 2012 EPA study, Americans could be ingesting more than 5 milligrams of glyphosate each day (see here). And it's not just the active ingredient glyphosate that is of concern, but also the "inert" compounds in the herbicides (see the references posted by Tom L above).

The YouTube video comparing it to "hot tea" and "fried foods" is silly. I can control my intake of these, but I have no control over the amount of herbicide sprayed on the food I buy at my local grocery store, which continues to rise as a result of increased weed resistance and the introduction of genetically modified (specifically glyphosate-resistant) crops:

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Not to mention other pesticides such as fungicides and insecticides and their detrimental effects on human health and the wider ecosystem.

The good news is, it doesn't have to be this way! This paper discusses traditional as well as modern methods of managing weeds without herbicides. However the transition to organic farming can pose a significant challenge to farmers and more should be done to support them.
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