How is glyphosate not bad, that is the question
Those who say we still need to learn more about glyphosate do not want to recognise the iceberg of truth lurking just below the surface. The doubts relate to just one aspect. As for the rest, the negative effects it has on the land and on human beings coming into contact with it are already clear.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that it is probably carcinogenic and then went back on its word. The European Union has been unable to find a majority to decide whether or not to renew the authorisation regarding glyphosate use. Brussels has therefore had to step in for the 28 European countries and decide to extend the authorisation for the herbicide unilaterally for 18 months, up until 31 December 2017. And yet this situation of ambiguity only increases the convictions of those who believe the glyphosate herbicide should be banned from our land once and for all, taken away from those who use it and those who profit from it because it is dangerous to both the health of the environment and people. A dynamic very similar to that which came before with the banning of DDT insecticide in the 1970s. Even at that time, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which responds to the WHO, spoke about the “possibility of carcinogenic effects” after the scientific community admitted it had underestimated the risks. Then the cult book ‘Silent Spring’ by environmentalist Rachel Carson did the rest, reawakening our conscience, raising awareness and “forcing” governments to ban it. We are now in an intermediary phase where many researchers already known how damaging glyphosate is to our earth and the Earth.
We have collected a lot of evidence during our investigations, and want to highlight two cases in particular. One comes from a doctor, the other from a photographer. Doctor Giovanni Beghini is president of the Verona section of the International Society of Doctors for Environment Association (ISDE Italy) and president of Terra Viva. In a video he stated that, due to the use of the herbicide, “the farming world has lost the ability to maintain or develop the quantity of organic substances that exist in the earth” transforming it “into a non-living being”. Effects that are the very opposite of those seen with practices that respect nature, such as organic or biodynamic farming.
Before establishing how dangerous it is to humans who consume even small daily doses through their food, we should ask ourselves whether the clues we already have are not enough, whether what we already know as to the damage caused to those or that which comes into direct contact with glyphosate is not enough. Exactly what Pablo Ernesto Piovano shows us in fact. An up and coming Argentinian photographer, Piovano has travelled the length and breadth of his country, taking photos of workers and families who have suffered this direct large-scale contamination for years. Piovano told us about Fabian Tomasi, a 40-something man destroyed by pesticides who dedicates his life to speaking on behalf of all victims: “Tomasi worked in a pesticide company for twenty years, loading and unloading the planes used to spray pesticides on the fields”. Unfortunately, he is now a living example of these effects. In Argentina alone, and in 2012 alone, 370 million litres of pesticides were sprayed across 21 million hectares of GMO soya crops. This is all clear from Piovano’s images. And how can we think this is not enough? That the evidence collated so far is not enough to convince governments to ban glyphosate once and for all? The question then is far from ambiguous, far from open. The gun is already smoking.