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Monsanto’s Roundup Safe To Drink

Roundup is a herbicide that contains Glyphosate as an active ingredient. A controversial lobbyist,Moore said thatthis productis harmless and people can drink it. The journalist challenged him to drink a glass of Roundup which he refused.Dr Moore also said that glyphosate which is theactive ingredients in Roundup herbicide is not the cause of increasing rate of cancer in Argentina. This was during an interview at canal+channel.Now, what is contained in Roundup and is this herbicide safe for human consumption?

Roundup is an effective weed killer and most of people use it for home maintenance.It is effective as it kills weed to the root never to appear again.It is the best herbicide and it is used by many farmers and industrial agriculture. For this worldwide use its residue is found in sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Roundup contains deadly active ingredient, glyphosate which enables it to kill weed fast but to kill human slowly.

Pesticide industry however maintains that glyphosate is minimally harmful to human but a study published by Journal Entropy shows otherwise. Thirty years ago Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committee concluded that Roundup weed killer might cause cancer. EPA changed its decision six years later after studying the mouse they had been using to do the research.

The discussion is back and another agency claims that glyphosate in Roundup can cause cancer.World Health Organization claims that the mouse study that was carried out by Environmental Protection Agency is among the study that they used to support their claim.Monsanto have been angered by these claims.  According to WHO there are many causes of cancer but glyphosate contained in Roundup is the second agent causing cancer. Other agents that are stated in WHO report includes sunshine, alcohol and wooddust.

The vice president of Monsato, Philip Miller said that the safety of glyphosate has been examined by credible scientific bodies and hencesafe to be used by humans.The company has since asked WHO to retract the report saying that Roundup is safe to be used by farmers if they follow the instructions given.

Dr. Patrick Moore claimed that the herbicide is safe and you can even drink a whole quart and it will not hurt you.He said that many people have tried to commit suicide by taking Roundup but they did not die because the herbicide is safe.The journalist at canal+ channel offered him a drink of Roundup. Despite his claims that the drug was harmless for consumption he did not accept the drink he was given by the journalist.He said that he is not an idiot andwalked out of the interview calling the journalist a complete jerk.

Some reports are now saying that Moore is a lobbyist of Monsato, claims which Monsato have dismissed. Monsato have released a report saying that Moore is not their lobbyist and have never been their employee. Monsato have said that many people have used their products and their confidence in company’s product does not make them Monsato’slobbyist.

 

 

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Fukushima Radiation Found in Japanese Tea

On March 11th on 2011 Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima was hit with several explosions and meltdowns. This resulted into radiation of Japan food supply. Now negative effects of this arestarting to appear assmall amount of radiation was detected in green tea that was shipped from Japan to Hong Kong. This has cast a doubt on other food types that are coming from this region.

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New York Times reported that powdered tea that was imported from Japanese prefecture of Chiba which is southeast of Tokyo contained some traces of radioactive cesium 137. The Hong Kong government announced this on Thursday evening but the level of radioactive components is way below the legal levels.

This is not the first discovery on radioactive traces on food substances. In March 2011 the government’s Center for Food Safety found out that three samples of vegetables from Japan contained unsatisfactory levels of radioactive contaminants. This was the same month that nuclear reactors in Fukushima suffered partial meltdown from the power earthquakes and tsunami that hit Japan.

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This disaster at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant led to release of radioactive isotopes into the air. These isotopes are cesium-137, cesium-134 and iodine-131. Radioactive particles in the air are measured by Becquerel (Bq) and after this explosion about 770,000 Bq were released.Cesium-137 is dangerous than iodine-137.  Cesium-137 has a half-life (amount of time it takes for the substance to reduce to half of the original) of 30 years while iodine-131 has only 8 days. The risk of iodine-131 if ingested is less than that of cesium-137.

After the explosions several food substances were reported to contain radioactive isotope of iodine and cesium. It was only in milk and several vegetables that the level was above the safe level in Fukushima. Also radioactive components were discovered in water but the level was safe for consumption except for children. Three weeks after the explosion no cesium or iodine isotopes were detected in foods that were above the safe level. By mid-April almost all restrictions on food were lifted.

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All was going as expected but on May several tea producers reported presence of radioactive components on their tea. Tea from Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Chiba also tested to have radioactive components that were above the safe level.  The government stopped shipment of tea from these areas on June. Shizuoka which is 350 km from Daiichi nuclear power plant and produces 40% of Japan green tea also was affected. A test was carried out and several tea plants were asked to stop their tea shipment.

The big question is whether the tea that is coming from Japan is safe or not. Most of tea that is being exported by Japan is safe for human consumption.  In fact there are areas in Japan where the tea produced does not have any radiation components.  Cesium is detected in tea from Shizuoka but it does not exceed the government standards. Everybody can use tea that is produced in Japan but children and pregnant women should be cautious on amount of radiation they are exposed to.

 

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