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Researcher: Roundup May Be Causing Miscarriages in Cattle, Humans

Letter to USDA Urges ‘Emergency’ Action
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WHILE INSISTING HE DOES NOT WANT to be an alarmist, one of the nation’s senior soil scientists is alerting the federal government to a newly discovered organism that may have the potential to cause infertility and spontaneous abortion in farm animals and, potentially, humans.

Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University, believes the appearance and prevalence of the unnamed organism may be related to the nation’s over reliance on the weed killer known as Roundup. In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, obtained by SafeLawns, the professor is calling on the federal government to immediately rescind the Jan. 27th decision to allow genetically modified alfalfa to be released to farmers this spring.

“A team of senior plant and animal scientists have recently brought to my attention the discovery of an electron microscopic pathogen that appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals and probably human beings,” wrote Huber in the letter, which is quoted here with his permission. “Based on a review of the data, it is widespread, very serious, and is in much higher concentrations in Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans and corn — suggesting a link with the RR gene, or more likely the presence of Roundup. This organism appears NEW to science!”

In a phone interview today, Huber said he was assured that the United States Department of Agriculture was taking his letter seriously — yet he remained deeply pessimistic that his warnings would ultimately lead to affirmative action.

“I believe we’ve reached the tipping point toward a potential disaster with the safety of our food supply,” he said. “The abuse, or call it over use if you will, of Roundup, is having profoundly bad consequences in the soil. We’ve seen that for years. The appearance of this new pathogen may be a signal that we’ve gone too far.”

Huber also admitted that he could be wrong about this pathogen’s link to Roundup, but said that much further study is needed for that final assessment. In the meantime, he said, it’s grossly irresponsible of the government to allow Roundup Ready alfalfa, which would bring the widespread spraying of Roundup to millions of more acres and introduce far more Roundup into the food supply.

“For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks,” wrote Huber in his letter to Vilsack. “Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of high-risk status. In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency.”

Huber explained that the search for the new pathogen was instigated by the increase of cattle infertility and unexplained cases of spontaneous abortion in several western states in the past several years. The common denominator, he said, appears to be the prevalence of the new pathogen that can only be viewed at 36,000 times magnification. Fears were increased when this pathogen was also found in mothers who had recently miscarried.

“That suggests the potential that the pathogen entered the mother in the food supply,” said Huber today. “Could it be from contaminated plants or animals? We don’t know that answer yet, but surely more resources from the government need to be put into answering that question.”

And, in the meantime, any new additional uses of Roundup should be made illegal, according to Huber and his collaborators.

“The organism is prolific in plants infected with two pervasive diseases that are driving down yields and farmer income — sudden death syndrome (SDS) in soy, and Goss’ wilt in corn,” he said. “The pathogen is also found in the fungal causative agent of SDS (Fusarium solani fsp glycines). Laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of this organism in a wide variety of livestock that have experienced spontaneous abortions and infertility. Preliminary results from ongoing research have also been able to reproduce abortions in a clinical setting.”

Huber, a retired military Colonel, closed his letter to Vilsack by imploring the government to commit the resources necessary to find definitive answers.

“It is urgent to examine whether the side effects of glyphosate use may have facilitated the growth of this pathogen, or allowed it to cause greater harm to weakened plant and animal hosts. It is well documented that glyphosate promotes soil pathogens and is already implicated with the increase of more than 40 plant diseases; it dismantles plant defenses by chelating vital nutrients; and it reduces the bioavailability of nutrients in feed, which in turn can cause animal disorders. . . (The pathogen) deserves immediate attention with significant resources to avoid a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure.”

To receive an electronic copy of the letter, email Paul@safelawns.org

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • Jan St. John

    Thank you for sharing this information. My husband is closely linked to Dr. Huber’s work and is a scientist himself. We hope that this information will get out to the public and the overuse of Roundup (glyphosate) will be stopped before we actually do reach the “tipping point.”

  • http://BluePlanetAlmanac.com Michael Austin

    You might be interested in looking up Eric Herm, author of Son of a Farmer, Child of the Earth. I interviewed Eric on Blue Planet Almanac radio. In his book he discusses how Roundup is screwing with crop yields and its dangerous downstream effects.

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  • JANINE

    ANY POLITICIAN WHO ADVOCATES FOR THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY IS A FRAUD AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE EXPOSING HIM.OUR COUNTRY SUING OTHER COUNTRIES FOR NOT ACCEPTING GMOS SHOWS OUR FACIST STATE.TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF OUR LIABILITY FOR THE POLICIES OF OUR COUNTRY TO THE TAX PAYER,SHOULD BE EXPOSED AND STOPPED.GMOS HAVE CONTAMINATED OUR FOOD ,LAND AND WATER,KNOWING THE FACTS HAVEN’T STOPPED THESE INDUSTRIES. I HOPE THIS INFO.IS GETTING OUT TO THE FARMERS.I HEARD FARMERS IN ARKANSA HAD MILLIONS OF ACRES DAMAGED WITH SUPER WEEDS A CONSEQUECE OF MONSANTO ROUNDUP,MONSANTO EVEN TOLD THEM TO SPRAY MORE OF THE PRODUCT,JUST LIKE THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY SAYS THEY WILL SAVE US.

  • Morgan Miller

    Why do we need to read this information on a lawn care blog instead of the evening news or 60 minutes, or CNN? What’s up with that. THIS IS A BIG F–KING STORY. WAKE UP AMERICA, for our children’s sake!
    Morgan Miller, Brooklyn

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  • Jennifer Davis

    Thank you for sharing this scary, yet vital information. Sounds like Round Up needs to be held accountable. Also, we need to see this on the front page of newspapers and morning/ evening news. The American people need to wake up and get more involved in caring about their own health and the health of others. Even the cows and plants are getting I’ll!

  • Melissa Dupre

    Is this the same Roundup used on lawns and gardens around homes?
    Melissa

    • Paul Tukey

      Melissa,
      Yes, it is the same formulation. It’s more dangerous around the home because most gardeners do not use the recommended protective gear.

    • Jan St. John

      Yes, this is the same product. The residual of this product if used only once will remain in your yard for 25 years.

      • Melissa Dupre

        Jan,
        Do you have data that shows that? I’d love to see it. Is there a link somewhere?

  • Kris Treat

    Thank you for always shining the light on subjects that need our attention NOW.
    Check out my blog http://www.krischardistan.com

  • Diane M Olson Schmidt

    It’s about time this went public about round-up. It should NOT be in any food raised from GMO corn,soybeans,especially sugar beets and alfalfa. The public needs to be told and made aware of this, the people need to know. Think about our pet food which has GMO corn in it. Most pet foods contain corn gluten meal as well as feed corn and cracked corn food for wildlife and birds. The best bet is to buy feed corn for the birds and wildlife is from a certified organic feed source,or arrange a local farmer to grow it, or grow your own.
    I am a sustainable landscaper and I have not used round-up for years because of its toxicity, plus it is synthetic. This is one of the these herbicides that needs to go. Diane. LaceWing Gardening Services.

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  • Jon Cloke

    We already know what’s going to happen, don’t we? Vilsack will look at the amount of campaign contributions that Monsanto makes and whatever personal commercial relationships he has with them and then he’s going to completely ignore this. Shortly afterwards, Dr Huber and anyone associated with this work will be vilified in the right-wing corporate media and a steady smear campaign will be initiated attacking his research funding, personal probity and data. Brave man, wrong time, wrong country.

  • Jorge Pasqual

    The bastards. This may well be the tipping point. But is it too late? Thanks for getting the word out on this. I’ve started to see it on the web since you posted this and someone needs to say thank you publicly. It won’t be much, but I want to send you a financial gesture of thanks.
    JP

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  • http://healthyhappylawns.com John

    I don’t know why Paul, you are not promoting the natural safe alternatives to Round-up such as “Burn Out” or “Natural Avenger” (Plus others), that is basicially viegar/clove oil combinations used since the begining of time. Maybe you did, and I haven’t seen it. If not, it’s time to tell the public about these safe alternatives?

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  • Nobabieshere

    As the mom of two young women who have both experienced multiple miscarriages with no medically discernible reasons, this makes me wonder if this is the cause. Neither of my daughters has been able to carry a pregnancy past 2 or 3 weeks. It seems that the girls have something similar going on, but all the tests come back saying there is nothing wrong. Doctors have not been able to give them any explanation or help.

    They have all but given up trying, and all I can do is offer my shoulder to cry on when it keeps happening over and over.

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  • Rosemary Ryan

    This is very important for people to be made aware of. Lastnight, on TV, there was a commercial showing a man spreading chemical fertilizer over his lawn and how happy he was that he was ready for spring. Along comes his little daughter doing cartwheels on the lawn he just fertilized. It’s poison people. We used to spray the little weeds that popped up around the driveway with poison until we were made aware of the fact our dogs “sniff” around the yard.

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