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Las Cruces bans glyphosate herbicides, like Roundup, on city property

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Monday's resolution bars future use of herbicides containing glyphosate, a chemical developed by the Monsanto company in the 1970's and used widely in the United States.

Concerns over glyphosate

After developing the active ingredient in its patented herbicide, Monsanto subsequently developed genetically modified crops engineered to withstand exposure to glyphosate, which encouraged more use of the product on farmlands.

Traces of the chemical have been detected in consumer food products, prompting calls for banning the chemical pending more research on its toxicity and links to cancer and other illnesses.


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Excellent!

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I take your one-word comment to be a wholehearted endorsement of the council decision. But as the article mentions, glyphosate has been the most effective (and cost efficient) herbicide the city has tried for weed control. As well, the World Health Organization's IARC only tries to determine if a chemical can be considered a hazard. For humans, risk is the important consideration, and a hazard poses a significant risk only above some threshold concentration or in the absence of appropriate protection. Backyard pools are hazards but are not risky for most people in most situations. But an unattended toddler falling into a pool is at high risk of drowning.

As was mentioned in the article, other herbicides present questions as to their toxicity and public safety. The Las Cruces council merely responded to activist pressure, and the weeds will likely rejoice.

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The unanimous Federal juries in the Bay Area rendered several decisions, not "merely responding to activist pressure." Bayer's stock has dropped so much that the company's worth is now less than the $65 billion they foolishly paid for Monsanto. What does that tell you?

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What does that tell me? It tells me and others that a courtroom jury is inappropriate for assessing scientific data, especially in these days of rampant disinformation clutter. The stock market responds to such campaigns as it always does -- and as it does to Trump's interference.

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Nonsense. For thousands of years we farmed without herbicides. Today, farmers aorund the world take the trouble to get organic certification for their fields. That you think it is neessary to have herbicides is just acknowledgemnet of how effective coprorate brainwashing can be. I use organic sloutions on my farm, and if you have a farm, you should, too.

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It is a waste of time to use points of evidence and logic on people like that, but thank you for at least trying.

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Thanks for the insult, Stephen. I reply to what I hope is an open mind, but that's sometimes a faint hope.

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You are living in a dream world if you want to obviate the obvious harm done by Roundup. I was actually trying to be polite, and not insulting at all.


Actually, I feel SORRY for those who have been deluded by the likes of Monsanto and Bayer, and the point is moot anyway, because Bayer will soon be bankrupted by the ongoing lawsuits.


Perhaps sympathy for those so deluded seems like an insult, but it is not.

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I've long been skeptical of some of Monsanto's business practices, "Roundup Ready" crop seeds in particular. But I'm still capable of critical thinking and weighing pros and cons on their merits. Most of us recognize the folly of "throwing out the baby with the bath water". I don't need sympathy, and I'm especially wary of delusion. Approaching any topic with strong bias is a sure way to avoid learning.

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Are you saying that you can make a living farming with only non-herbicidal weed control? I do that in my garden, but I have no illusion that hand weeding and mulching can scale up to modern farm size. What kind of farming do you do?

In this case, however, the issue is controlling weeds on public property. I seriously doubt that you could pay city workers enough to get them to pull or chop out the weeds.

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