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Do You Know What RoundUp Ready Means?

Posted by terrepruitt on May 29, 2012

Have you heard the term “RoundUp Ready”?  Round up is an herbicide, a plant killer.  Farmers use it to kill weeds.  They kill the weeds with an herbicide in order to not have to till the soil.  Not having to till the soil to destroy the weeds saves time and money.  The way that farmers can use a poisonous plant killer on the food crops without killing the crop is that the seeds of the crops are “RoundUp Ready”.  Certain seeds have been genetically engineered to withstand the effects of Roundup.  I’ll repeat that so you don’t have to go back:  RoundUp Ready is where certain seeds have been genetically engineered to withstand the effects of the plant killer, glyphosate (Roundup).  So the plants that surround the crop will die when the area is sprayed with the herbicide, but the crop itself will survive.  Scientists have created seeds for food to be consumed that can outlast the effects of poison.

Monsanto’s website states:  “Roundup Ready® Soybeans were commercialized in 1996, followed by alfalfa, corn, cotton, spring canola, sugarbeets and winter canola, which contain in-plant tolerance to Roundup® agricultural herbicides. This means you can spray Roundup agricultural herbicides in-crop from emergence through flowering for unsurpassed weed control, proven crop safety and maximum yield potential.”  Monsanto is the company that created Roundup and the RoundUp Ready seed.  As you can see their bragging rights include the fact that you can spray poison on the plant from the moment it starts to grow all the way through flowering.  Non-stop poisoning!  Yay!  But that is ok because the plant, the soy, the alfalfa, the corn, the cotton, the genetically engineered rapeseed (AKA the “canola”), and the sugarbeets have all been engineered to withstand the poison.  It won’t die from it, it will just have been treated with it . . . from the beginning to the end.

So, for some of us there is two things here, the food itself has been altered and then it is sprayed with poison.  For some the fact that the food itself has been engineered might not seem like a big deal.  Genetically modified food has been around for ages.  I myself love the mutated peach.  In fact I don’t even like peaches, but I love their mutation, their genetic modification.  Grafting and breeding is different, it is not engineering.  Engineering is — for example — when they take something and make it be able to withstand poison, something that kills all the other plants around it.  Creating something beyond the natural.  For some that makes it something we don’t care to eat.

Then on top of the fact that our food is grown from some type of super seed, it is sprayed with RoundUp.  One of the active ingredients in Roundup is glyphosate.  Glyphosate is not selective in it’s killing of plant life, that is why the seeds of the crops needed to be fortified against it.  In looking for information on glyphsate you will find many sources stating that it causes birth defects in laboratory animals.  Many of the same sources claim that no government will admit that those findings prove it does the same in humans.  I wonder what the guidelines are for that?  To me it sounds like, “We will believe that “this” will cause harm in humans because we see in happening in the lab animals, but, no, we will just ignore that “that” might cause harm in humans even though we see all the damage done in the studies and tests on the lab animals.”  Maybe they toss a coin?  It is probably even more difficult to do studies and conduct tests since the U.S. Department of Agriculture stopped updating its pesticide use database in 2008.

I had been hearing the term “RoundUp Ready” a lot and I decided to find out what it meant.  Now I know.  I thought I would share so now you know too, in case you were wondering.  Also sheds a little light as to the crops that have been genetically engineered and what that means.  Alfalfa, corn, cotton, canola (FKA genetically engineered rapeseed), sugarbeets have been modified at the genetic level to survive being sprayed with poison that kills all other plants around, that’s what RoundUp Ready means.

6 Responses to “Do You Know What RoundUp Ready Means?”

  1. Michele said

    Yikes, I had never heard that term. This is so sad to me, I do not have any confidence in our food industry, and try to make the best choices possible for my family when dealing with commercial food sources. Is this a result of over population, trying to feed the masses?? Time to move to the farm!!!


    • I know, it makes me sad too. There are some that say it is to feed the masses but there are other ways so I am not sure. There is a lot more to the story as always, but I try to keep my post from getting too long. It makes me sad too, as I said, because even trying to eat healthy is diffcult when so much of our food is engineered. Even if you lived on a farm your crops could be affected by the genetically engineered stuff.


    • Paul may said

      It is both. Used to feed the masses due to overpopulation. Without this garbage that farmers spray on their crops, the yields would be seriously noticeable. The corn seeds that are roundup ready are crazy expensive. Up to $800 dollars per 50 lb bag. Yeah. 50 lb. bag. The farmers of this country are forced to buy it if they want to be farmers. American farmers barely break even once the crops are yielded. The sellers of these products are kinda like the mafia. They loan you the money to plant your crops, unless you are more wealthy than the average. You barely make it. You pay your bill off and the next year they ‘approve’ your credit again. These companies sell ‘agent orange’. Yes the chemical that killed Vietnam vets years after they came home. In closing I’ll just say. If you eat. You are eating these chemicals and their residues. Agent orange is outlawed in approx. 42 of the 50 states. The world of food is filled with greedy whores who don’t give a fuck about the food you eat or if it’s safe. These opinions are my own and not based on actual evidence that I may or may not have. I delivered thousands of tons of these poisons to American farmers and I retained more knowledge of these substances then people think I had. Even ‘chemical free’ food is a farce.


      • I appreciate you sharing your opinion.

        I don’t know anything about the cost of corn seed. I do understand that the companies that create the genetically modified food/seeds in their labs claim it is to help feed the population and to help the farm by allowing him to produce more corn. They insist that their products are not detrimental to human health.

        I personally believe that our food is very tainted and it is responsible for much of what is ailing us as a whole.


  2. But people aren’t Round Up Ready, and we are eating food that has been poisoned from beginning to end….


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