What you should know about Glyphosate herbicide
Truths and Lies about Glyphosate
Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in the world and also with the most controversial uses. The use or not of glyphosate, which is a question that causes social, political and economic consequences.
Some countries warn of the dangers of most commonly used pesticides. Is it true what is said about glyphosate? Is it as dangerous as it seems?
What is glyphosate?
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in many commercial herbicides. Although we now know that it was formulated for the first time in the 1950s, it was not discovered until 1970, when John E. Franz, a chemist of Monsanto’s herbicides. With the name of Roundup began to commercialize it in 1974.
However, its success came when Monsanto began transgenic crops of glyphosate. This allows intensive use of the herbicide to eliminate weeds without the main crop. Of course, although it took several years, flew the use of the product, made it the most competitive of these substances.
How does it work?
Glyphosate inhibits the aromatic amino acids, the Shiquimato pathway (Shiquimic acid anion). It is a unique route of the plants, that has practically no toxicity in the animals. To get an idea, they have substances like caffeine and paracetamol.
Another important feature is a very short half-life. This makes it difficult to have cumulative effects in the medium and long term. Although, obviously, the intensive use affects the environment, although they would not be considered toxic.
Is glyphosate likely to be carcinogenic?
The IARC list is drafted based on the level of evidence that is available and not on the effects or risks associated with the substance. That is, there is not enough scientific evidence to believe that exposure to glyphosate is likely to cause cancer.
What is the probability?
She’s not really tall. At least by indirect contact with the product. In the worst case, according to some experts estimate that a person should eat up to 16.8 kg of soybeans for two years, the dose, which has emerged as a Cancerogenica. Studies of results have been removed. From the information we have so far, the dose of commercial use is very complicated (half-life and concentration), and has long-term effects on people.
However, it is reasonable that the authorities want to avoid unnecessary risks to their citizens.
Until now, herbicides and pesticides are more toxic than glyphosate. The Atrazinas for example, is still used and is more problematic with the environment, since they use tracks that are not exclusive to the plants and attacks the amphibians by altering the environment in which they are. Without going too far, we have paraquat, a relatively frequently used pesticide that is extremely toxic to humans and can cause vomiting, severe burns or neurological problems.
It is not clear, the criteria for the elimination of some products and others not. History shows us that sometimes spirit is a very important influence on people’s lives.
In general, political wisdom is a virtue. Understandably, the authorities want to protect their citizens from potential health risks.