Is Monsanto's Glyphosate Connected to Red Tide and Marine Life Losses?

 

Honeycutt: So the blue-green algae are in response to the presence of glyphosate herbicides. Is it likely that the blue-green algae are caused by glyphosate herbicides or is the algae already there and glyphosate promotes the growth?

Screen_Shot_2018-08-19_at_8.27.12_AM.pngSeneff: Blue-green algae are always present in the mix, but without glyphosate, they don't grow to such huge concentrations compared to the competing flora.

Honeycutt: What function are the blue-green algae in the ecosystem? Could it be a way of balancing out the levels of toxins or is it simply an overgrowth like a virus?

SeneffInterestingly, what happens when you expose a complex mix of microbial flora to a chemical toxin is that those that are most susceptible die out, and those that have resistance thrive.  Despite all the damage that the cyanobacteria cause when they reach high concentrations, a huge benefit they offer is that they clear the glyphosate and eventually leave the water in a better state than it would be in if glyphosate were allowed to persist.  They may also be able to bind to and remove toxic metals from the aquatic environment.

Honeycutt: Lake O in Florida is being drained into the ocean. Officials claim that the blue-green algae have nothing to do with the red tide. Do you believe this? How could the blue-green algae be contributing to the red tide?

Screen_Shot_2018-08-19_at_8.40.28_AM.pngSeneffNo, I don't believe this! Again, very straightforward.  The blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) are able to convert free nitrogen from the air into nitrates.  Thus, they cause an excess of nitrates in the water, in addition to those nitrates that come from excess run-off from nitrate-based fertilizers. The excess nitrates provide essential nutrients for the red algae (Karenia brevis), that then grow to large numbers offshore, causing the red tide.

Honeycutt:  In California, water officials have admitted to me that they spray Roundup around our water reservoirs for weed abatement. Then, when the blue-green algae grow, they spray copper to stop the growth of the algae. This is very concerning to me because copper is a known spermicide. It is even used as birth control in IUDs. High copper levels also have been found in children with autism. One would think we should avoid spraying copper into our waterways.

SeneffI totally agree.  These chemical-poison-based methods seem to cascade into much larger problems as one imbalance leads to another bad choice and eventually you end up with a toxic soup.

Honeycutt: How can officials and residents stop the growth of blue-green algae and red tide safely?

SeneffFor one, banning glyphosate would be a great start! Switching to renewable organic agriculture in the region would greatly curtail the toxic chemicals as well as reducing the nutrient run-off that's fueling the algae blooms.  The homeowners should seek a solution for their yards that uses only natural methods to control weeds, including pulling them by hand.


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  • Sue Kaufman
    commented 2018-08-20 19:21:45 -0700
    Please prohibit glyphosate now. Will it stop when humans start dieing? Enough is enough!
  • brad roon
    commented 2018-08-20 08:34:37 -0700
    The US seems to push and espouse the most toxic Ag System in the world. This is (throughout the world) turning farmland into deserts. We can and are stopping and reversing this – but only on a small scale, through permaculture, holistic livestock management methods and more.

    If you want to survive or have your grandkids live – you need to start supporting the local ethical farmers. Not unethical ones. Not commercial, corporate processed foods that suck all the economy into the middlemen – but directly support the guys and ladies that grow your food and keep you alive.

    No billionaire, influential political big-wig, famous star or athlete has kept you alive. The only reason you ARE alive is because farmers decided to grow your food again – while literally being attacked for doing so in a good way.
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