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Roundup Warning Letter Came Before USDA Decision

News that Roundup May Be Causing Miscarriage Has Been Slow to Catch On

Just as Col. Don Huber’s letter that we revealed here seven days ago is becoming widely circulated on the Internet in various sites, a key piece of information has become available this evening.

Huber, a former Emeritus Professor at Purdue University and coordinator at the American Phytopathological Society that studies plant diseases and pathogens, confirmed to me that he hand delivered his letter to the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Jan. 17. This is significant because the USDA announced that it will now allow genetically modified “Roundup Ready” alfalfa on Jan. 27 — a full 10 days after seeing Huber’s warning that Roundup Ready crops may be causing spontaneous miscarriage in cattle and humans.

“If the USDA held this information prior to January 27, I would think their actions would be viewed as particularly reckless and irresponsible,” said Jim Gerritsen, President, Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association in Montrose, Colorado.

The essence of Huber’s letter centers around discovery of a new pathogen, which appears to be related to overuse of the weed killer known broadly as Roundup. With the USDA’s approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa for this spring, millions more acres will likely be sprayed with the catastrophically toxic product. More of the the product will enter the food chain through animals, that will then be consumed by humans. Huber’s warming that the pathogen has been found in the placentas of women who have miscarried in the fourth or fifth month of their pregnancies OUGHT to be leading the nightly news.

After holding onto the letter for nearly two weeks at Huber’s request, and then going public with it last week, we have received dozens of phone calls from media outlets that typically cover the food supply, as well as emails and phone calls from concerned citizens. Huber’s warning, however, has been relatively slow to get picked up by mainstream media. The Huffington Post went with it today, but we forwarded the letter to the New York Times, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal, which have not yet opted to move on the story.

It’s perplexing how motivated people can get about economic issues, or even the human rights issues that are making headlines these days.

We appear to be standing at the precipice of disaster with our food supply and need to do something about this. Now. It’s bigger than lawn care. Bigger than union busting in Wisconsin and bigger, even, then revolutions in the Middle East.

Please help get the word out any way you can.

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Paul Tukey

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  • Melissa Dupre

    Geezuz. Holy !&$? This could be nasty. You’re right. Why isn’t this leading the news?

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