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Birth of a New Earth: December 2011

In a groundbreaking study published in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry last month, glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide "Roundup," is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is being applied. The researchers found that 41% of the 140 groundwater samples taken from Catalonia Spain, had levels beyond the limit of quantification - indicating that, despite manufacturer's claims, it does not break down rapidly in the environment, and is accumulating there in concerning quantities.


Why Is Groundwater Contamination An Important Finding?

Groundwater is water located beneath the ground surface, that supplies aquifers, wells and springs. If a chemical like glyphosate is mobile enough to get into the groundwater and is intrinsically resistant to being biodegraded (after all, it is being used to kill/degrade living things - not the other way around), significant environmental exposures to humans using the water are inevitable.

Keep in mind that glyphosate is considered by the EPA as a Class III toxic substance, fatal to an adult at 30 grams, and has been linked to over 20 adverse health effects in the peer-reviewed, biomedical literature.


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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 07:34:21 PM EST
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That's the 1%'s plan to deal with global climate change ... kill off the 99% with tainted water while they drink from private clean sources.  Gotta admit, with 99% of the world's population gone it would solve a host of problems. Don't hear any doable solutions coming from the 99% so why not.

Yes, I know, I'm part of the 99% but what the hell, can't live forever and I don't want to see Sac when it runs out of food for folks like me. Going hungry was for my parents ... look what it did to them.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 08:56:52 AM EST
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I get it now. Roundup ... as in the "last roundup" from the old TV westerns ... for the world's population problem. Somebody at Monsanto had a good sense of humor ... hope he got promoted.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 09:03:15 AM EST
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This is the article in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry:

Abstract - SpringerLink

Determination of glyphosate in groundwater samples using an ultrasensitive immunoassay and confirmation by on-line solid-phase extraction followed by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry

But you have to buy access and in fact even the abstract is unavailable.

Pity, because the Birth of a New Earth site that refers to it is pretty crazy.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 20th, 2011 at 02:24:41 AM EST
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Another article referred to there (with abstract):

Chang - 2011 - Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - Wiley Online Library

Occurrence and fate of the herbicide glyphosate and its degradate aminomethylphosphonic acid in the atmosphere

which found glyphosate molecules present in air and rain in the American Middle West.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Dec 20th, 2011 at 02:35:27 AM EST
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