1. Roundup Weedkiller Found In 75% of Air and Rain Samples, Gov. Study Finds

    By Sayer Ji
    GreenMedInfo

    The GM farming system has made exposure to Roundup herbicide a daily fact of our existence, and
    according to the latest US Geological Survey study its probably in the air you
    are breathing…

    A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, accepted for publication online ahead of print in the journal Enviromental Toxicology and Chemistry, titled, “Pesticides in Mississippi air and rain: A comparison between 1995 and 2007,”[i] reveals that Roundup herbicide (aka glyphosate) and its still-toxic degradation byproduct AMPA were found in over 75% of the air and rain samples tested from Mississippi in 2007.

    The researchers evaluated a wide range of pesticides currently being used through weekly composite air and rain sampling collected during the 1995 and 2007 growing seasons in the Mississippi Delta agricultural region.

    The researchers discovered the following:

    • Thirty-seven compounds were detected in the air or rain samples in 2007; 20 of these were present in both air and rain.
    • Glyphosate was the predominant new herbicide detected in both air (86%) and rain (77%) in 2007, but were not measured in 1995.
    • Decreased overall pesticide use in 2007 relative to 1995 generally resulted in decreased detection frequencies in air and rain, but observed concentration ranges were similar between years even though the 1995 sampling site was 500 m from active fields while the 2007 sampling site was within 3 m of a field.
    • Mean concentration of detections were sometimes greater in 2007 than in 1995 but the median values were often lower.
    • Seven compounds in 1995 and five in 2007 were detected in ≥50% of both air and rain samples. Atrazine, metolachlor, and propanil were detected in ≥50% of the air and rain samples in both years.
    • Total herbicide flux in 2007 was slightly greater than in 1995, and was dominated by glyphosate.

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