Glyphosate harms soil microbes? USDA research challenges common criticism of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide

Screen Shot at AM

There are dozens of conspiracy theories about glyphosate.

One of those theories goes something like this: glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is an antibiotic and it kills all of the beneficial bacteria and fungi in soils.

“It makes the soil sterile in some cases leading to less nutrient rich soil and in turn (produces food) that is devoid of vital substance,” says a commentator on the website of the Rodale Institute, an organic farming research centre in Pennsylvania.

ADVERTISEMENT

In the early 2010s, scientists began using new and much improved technology for DNA sequencing. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) …. allowed researchers to study a huge amount of genetic material in a short time.

Related article:  Andrew Kimbrell vs Nina Fedoroff: Should GMO foods be labeled?

After the technology hit the market, [Tim Paulitz, a plant pathologist with the United States Department of Agriculture,] realized he could finally answer the glyphosate question because he could accurately study the majority of soil microbes.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

“We were able to determine that year-to-year weather variation, soil type and farming system history (crop rotation legacy) had more impact than the GM transgene [in herbicide-tolerant crops] or application of glypho­sate,” they said on a USDA website.

Read the original post here.

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
GLP Podcasts
Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

More than 2.8 million people have lost their lives due to the pandemic, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend