Re: Health risks (roundup toxicity etc)
Tue, 24 Aug 1999 22:04:23 EDT

Thanks Brian D. Williams for your analysis. Mine is similar, not that I am
'afraid of roundup', or against genetic engineering. Your point is well
taken, these seem to benefit big agribiz most, and consumers secondarily. While I thank Robert J. Bradbury for looking up the LD50 of Roundup, this misses my point. It is not necessarily just the roundup, but the opportunity to build in plant resistance to all of these chemicals, but ignoring the human resistance to the chemicals. Just because so many mg/kg kills half the rats, does not mean that lower doses are safe for humans. The EPA is finding with many biocides, that for example children are much more succeptable to harmful effects, or that low doses do not kill by direct toxicicty, but some compounds act as hormones at very low levels causing endocrine disruption. A simplistic LD50 analysis ignores interactions among dozens of chemical adulterants in our diet. Often as with agent orange,
it is not the main compound which is ultra bad, but by products from the organic synthesis (dioxins) in minute quantities that are worse than the main product. The issue is complex I agree, and I have a BS in chemistry, so I am no chemophobe. But in the interest of life extension, less chemicals in the diet that my species has not had time to evolve with is better, at least this is a cautious approach.

So, yes, we should support accurate labling, so consumers have free choice, we should have more biotech research on humans to reisist cancer and other chemical degredation. Monsanto and its share holders are second to the health of the population [and me].