27 May, 2018

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Dr. Jayasinghe’s “No Poison In My Plate” Syndrome & His “Need To Ban Glyphosate”

By Chandre Dharmawardana

Dr. Chandre Dharmawardana

Dr. Lal Jayasinghe (LJ) writing in the Island (11-05-2018)  gives three reasons that he says are put out  in opposing the ban. He is of course for the ban.

The glyphosate debate in Sri Lanka is an intellectual and scientific scandal. Seemingly, Sri Lankan scientists are remaining silent about it? No, in fact, what seems to be the case is that newspaper Editors  do not publish the letters submitted to them by scientists – unless they are against agrochemicals!   Most editors, journalists and the reading public do not have a scientific background. Editors themselves  are also infected by the  “I don’t want poison in my plate” syndrome. Capitalizing on it, Ven. Ratana has pushed a “Toxin-free Nation” program to give himself  political mileage.

All those who write against the ban are claimed to be in the pay of the multi-national companies. However,  at least to his credit, LJ does not make that unsubstantiated accusation. Instead he  lists his arguments. LJ’s  article reveals the thinking behind this “no poison in my plate” syndrome. Let us look at his arguments.  LJ lists the three reasons that he thinks are given to lift the ban:

1.Firstly, it has not been proved that Glyphosate caused Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu)”.

Let alone kidney disease, it has in fact BEEN PROVED  that intense regular  use of glyphosate for 23 years is NOT correlated with ANY  disease. The heath data of some 90,000 members of farming families in Iowa and Minnesota were followed for 23 years where data on blood, urine, and other bio-samples were followed by researchers funded by the US Departments  of Agriculture, and Health. No correlations what so ever with any diseases, and in particular with 200 different cancers were detected. (Read here )

Thus GLYPHOSATE FORMULATIONS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE NO ILLNESSES.

So why ban it?

In dealing with glyphosate, why do newspaper graphics artists always depict a person wearing a goggled hood? Why are file photos showing lethal  danger pulled out to illustrate the article? They reveal the unjustified common mistrust of  this herbicide.  Glyphosate formulations often are applied WITHOUT protective clothing or goggles as they are very safe and hardly need such precautions.  

 2.Secondly, that other countries have not banned it.

 Sri Lanka does not have the funds to run a massive health test on thousands of people. So we have to rely on others, just as for pharmaceuticals used in Sri Lanka.

3.thirdly, the tea industry (and even paddy cultivation or maize cultivation) cannot survive without glyphosate”.

Tea cannot survive in the competitive international market if it has to pay for manual labour while other countries use a cheap effective herbicide. Maize cultivation is completely wiped out and Victor Ivan’s  “Ravaya” article documents the tragedy. Tea industry  suffers  a loss of some 15 billion rupees per annum, making a total loss of 45 billion since the ban. Paddy industry uses very little glyphosate and can do without it by keeping the field flooded to kill weeds. Manual weeding, and  flooding to control weeds increase soil erosion. An inch of eroded soil takes thousands of years  to be replaced.

LJ  then give his own arguments. He says:

It is different in the case of Glyphosate. We can do without it. It is very difficult to prove that one particular chemical that is in wide use is the cause of a particular disease or group of diseases”.

It is indeed very difficult to prove that a substance causes a given disease. But one CAN prove that it does NOT cause the disease, by showing its anti-correlation with diseases. That is what was done in the 23 year-long US study. Furthermore, countries like New Zealand and Malaysia which use many dozens of times more glyphosate per annum per hectare have no higher incidence of chronic diseases.

LJ  says:

We must not make the common mistake of thinking “absence of evidence is evidence of absence“.

It is NOT absence of evidence. We in fact HAVE evidence that it does NOT cause chronic toxicity. Chronic toxicity caused by ingestion of very small amounts over a long period.

LJ  says:

 Therefore, as the group of eminent doctors have written in The Island, we should use the precautionary principle”.

These eminent doctors did  not even mention the massive US study. Neither did the GMOA. Instead they mentioned the WHO-IARC classification of glyphosate as a class-2 hazard, and also failed to mention that it was NOT listed as a health risk. The precautionary principle (PP)  was also misunderstood by these doctors. When there is a hazard, we navigate with caution. That is, the PP requires using “controls and constraints (CC) ” and not “ban and banish (BB)”. Guns, pharmaceuticals, gasoline, radioactive substances,  etc., are dangerous but they are not banned. They are available through the police, trained pharmacists and trained operators. To apply PP by banning something is a no-brainier not practiced anywhere in the world any more.

LJ  asks questions ignoring the distinction between ACUTE Toxicity and CHRONIC Toxicity.

Supporters of glyphosate cannot deny that Glyphosate is a poison, at least for plants. That is the reason it is used to kill weeds. The manufacturers will say that it does not harm humans, but advises people to protect themselves from unnecessary exposure. Why? Because if exposed to large amounts it undoubtedly causes harm. Will the supporters of Glyphosate drink a pint of the stuff? Of course not.

If you drink 250 grams (a cup) of glyphosate, it will surely cause acute toxicity. But what if it is diluted many many times, as used in farm applications? LJ knows well that if you take 250 g of the daily vitamin it can kill you (acute toxicity). However we don’t ban vitamins. A dose of 25 g of the vitamin is not toxic, and it is in fact good for you. That is, there is no chronic toxicity even if the vitamin is acutely toxic. The massive, 23-YEAR long US study on 90,000 farmers PROVED  THAT  GYLPHOSATE FORMULATIONS HAVE NO DISCERNIBLE CHRONIC TOXICITY.

Then LJ  says:

What about the worms and little creatures that live in the soil? Do they have a choice? Considering their size, they are forced to drink not a pint but gallons of the stuff”.

In fact earthworms thrive BETTER  in soils treated with glyphosate. This is because glyphosate binds to metal toxins like cadmium and make them insoluble. So, earthworms and other creatures which fail to live in soils containing cadmium (a naturally occurring soil mineral) begin to thrive BETTER  with glyphosate application, as  shown by many researchers. A recent reference (2014) is, “Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry”, volume 33, pages 2351-2357 by Dr. Chui-Fan Zhou and collaborators.

Without searching the facts, LJ voices the usual motherhood statements:

Why is it important that we should not destroy the very small and microscopic life that live in the soil? There are two important reasons, apart from the fact that they also have a right to live. One reason is that plants grow with the help of these creatures” …..   “The second reason why we should not destroy the little creatures is that because even the smallest insect has a place in the ecosystem”.

Exactly, and  GLYPHOSATE HELPS SOIL ORGANISMS as proven by many research papers.

It is also not true that worms and soil bugs  get gallons of glyphosate on them. A gallon may be sprayed over a hectare and distributed over a soil depth of 10-20 cm, and you might get a fraction of a micro-gram in a kilogram of soil! The bugs get a thousand times more petroleum and oil residues dumped onto them than glyphosate.  How much petrol did Sri Lanka  import? The whole country imported only 6000 metric tons of glyphosate in 2012, and that was used on a vast acreage of tea, coconut, maize, sugarcane, paddy, vegetables, horticultural industries etc.  LJ  is using his imagination that has run riot because he, and the two eminent doctors with their “ban and banish”  precautionary principle ignore the difference between acute and chronic toxicities.

If glyphosate and other agrochemicals have killed off  the bugs in the soil, why would egrets (“kokku”)

flock around the tractor of a farmer who is tilling his field? And yet, it is an ubiquitous sight in most parts of Sri Lanka. 

LJ  claims that glyphosate is appropriate only for countries with large-scale farming with low human density. Far from it. High-human density countries like  UK,  Europe, or NewZealand, Malasyia or even tiny Singapore use large amounts of glyphosate. “Roundup” is approved for use in School yards, golf clubs and home gardens. Glyphosate allows humans to break away from the drudgery and slavery of manual labour in hot farmlands and engage in more humane and meaningful  life styles.

LJ says “I am eagerly waiting for the day when anything grown in Sri Lanka is automatically organic and there is no longer any need for ‘organic certification’.  Banning glyphosate is the first step”.

What a naive hope! The first step, according to the Swiss Research Institute in Organic agriculture is reducing the world population. By how much?  To 4 or 5 billion? The Swiss researchers also point out the need for the world to go vegetarian, increase the amount of land under agriculture, and make more water available to feed the world using organic farming. It is an open secret that many White-supremacist “Eugenics” groups feel that the populations of Africa and South Asia should be sacrificed to reduce the population of the world and gain the land and water needed for this “organic food” program of the elite supremacist (and “healthy”) minority that hopes to rule a “toxin-free” world !

Some 40% of Sri Lankan children come to school hungry – they don’t dream of organic food. They do not belong to the (less-than 5%)  Sri-Lankan elite class who can afford to make  a choice between “organic” and “usual” food. Fortunately, the “organic” food (which makes up to no more than about 2% of the worlds food production) is nutritionally no better than the usual supermarket food. Neither the usual foods, nor the conventional foods, exceed the maximum allowed limits of toxins (as set by the WHO) and hence both types of food are perfectly safe to eat. 

But today, “whole-foods, natural foods” and such-named grocery chains are making a strong bid for a bigger share of the food market, and using fear-mongering tactics and epithets like “Frankenfoods” to achieve their ends. There have been individuals who have come up on Sri Lanka TV channels claiming that Sri Lankan rice is laced with  with cadmium,  arsenic etc., and with pesticides, and that the country is heading towards a massive epidemic of kidney disease. Even Natha Deyyo has been invoked! Fortunately, the dire economic circumstances of the day will ensure that people will ignore  such false, hysterical claims.

A person with a Sri Lankan name, claiming to be an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Georgia Med. School wrote to the Island Newspaper claiming that Ms. Stefanie Seneff had proved that glyphosate is one of the causes of Autism.  The person is not listed in the faculty directory, and the Secretarial Assistant to the Department of Psychiatry of the Georgia Med School, Ms. Karen Lafontaine has know knowledge of such an individual!   

The massive US study would have revealed any such correlations of glyphosate with Autism if such a correlation existed. Furthermore, no informed medical scientist would mention Ms. Seneff as she has reached a high level of notoriety in claiming that glyphosate causes not just autism, but virtually ALL  non-communicable diseases. Simply googling her name is enough to check her out. She  is a retired computer engineer (with no knowledge of environmental science or medicine). She has a program for selling a healthy way of life that enables you to live to 110 if you enroll in her program.  

Areas now under agriculture in Sri Lanka are already being abandoned due to lack of an effective herbicide, and they are being converted to human habitations which are concrete and asphalt jungles that destroy the natural habitat.  Farmland is not forest, but better than asphalt and concrete. Gylphosate is necessary to protect the environment,  prevent erosion AND feed the world.

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    There is no point in continuing this debate with a non-biologist like Darme. Dr LJ has pointed out logically, without emotion, as to why we should maintain the ban on this silent killer. The more Chandare (and his pal Danapala) write in this emotional fashion, pushing this poison, the more the people of Sri Lanka will see that he has a vested interest in this. What is this vested interest? why is a man with some qualifications in physics (and knows no fricking biology) pushing a chemical so hard with which he has no professional association with? The one reason is the mighty greenback. Monsanto is known for paying American EPA ‘scientists’ to publish the company’s safety assessments as their own and they have done worse. Glyphosate ban on tea and rubber should be maintained be and the names of thieves promoting it to the Sri Lankan government should be reported to the FCID. They should be in jail.

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      AP,
      Those who are blind and deaf to logic and structured evidence will never be convinced. They will always listen to Natha Deviyo or Ratana Hamuduruwo. Dr Jayasingha is the one who talks emotionally about “gallons ” of glyphosate killing worms.
      Dr. Chandre is a Chemistry prof who was VC of SJU. One does need to be a doctor to be able to analyze evidence and arguments.
      As he says, if Glyphosate cannot be proved to have killed anybody, why ban it? Because some totally unqualified political monk wants to?

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        You have selected the right pseudonym. Apart from that, everything you have written is rubbish. Go back to your Booru Enda on the verandah and lie down and try to grow up a little bit, you stupid idiot.

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          AP,
          It is clear that people like you can’t refute logical arguments, so you resort to insult. If everything I have written is rubbish, PROVE IT.
          I am sure you also believe the Earth is flat and that microwaved food is radio-active.
          Please do go look in the mirror and admire the braying herbivore you see there.

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        OC
        The dangers may be overstated by some here, but there still are serious concerns.
        The following is from an EC officiak website:
        European Citizens’ Initiative on glyphosate
        On Friday 6 October [2017] the European Commission officially received the submission of the 4th successful European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI). By supporting the ‘Stop Glyphosate’ European Citizens’ Initiative, over 1 million citizens from at least 7 Member States have called on the European Commission “to propose to Member States a ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use”.
        *
        Do not believe anything simply because a scientist says so.
        I am not being personal, but scientists are not only fallible and prone to prejudice, but can also sell out to interested parties.

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          SJ

          “The following is from an EC officiak website:
          European Citizens’ Initiative on glyphosate”

          The above website is a tool in the hands of imperial powers in order to subvert democracy and subjugate third world countries.

          Instead try if there is any websites run by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or People’s Republic of China.

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          S.J,
          Don’t you think the Organic food crowd are shooting themselves in the foot by ganging up with Natha Deviyo and Ratana Hamuduruwo?

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      To “Anti-poison”

      Dr. Dharmawardana was a professor of chemistry who introduced food science and environmental chemistry to Sri Lanka when he was the VC of SJP in the 1970s (when it was called Vidyodaya University).

      I studied there.

      Dr. Dharmawardana has written many research papers on Kidney disease, environmental toxicity etc., even very recently. So he is active and up to date even today.

      This Dr. Jayasinghe is a medic in Colombo with no reserch in Kidney disease or environmental science.

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        This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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        Is this that same “Guruge from UK” who lives next to Buckingham Palace? Even his writing has a very Brit accent. He is gradually evolving into a very superior being.

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    This article looks like a rational well balanced article. It is well known thatGMOA committee and it’s selfish so called leader, Padeniya fellow are a useless self-serving lot usually the truth will be something they oppose. Public need to be educated in this matter. This is a good start

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    I heard the CAbinet gave the NOD to lift the ban on Glyphosate. Firstly, both Tea and rubber do not need Totoal weed killer involved Weed control. There are hand held machines available else where even when Politicians need to get commis. On the other hand, those machines are easy to manage and can be assembled or manufactured in Sri lanka because simple mechainl tools. GLyphosate is not a natural chemical. and it is being sprayed at least 35 years. there fore, it is every where in the eco system. Simply a small plants takes it that can be eaten by a fish another bigger animals. IT can stay in water. so, finally the whole ecosystem is contaminated can ruin as it can notbe broken down by the natural environment. Besides, no crop in the world wants a totoal weed killer which kills 100%. MAximum crop production occurs at 70 – 80% of the weed control. Glyphosate approval should be political as elections are nearby and politicians want donations. Academic living overseas need cash. It is well know that Monsanto has a GLyphosate task force to counter act bad publicity. Besides, Russia is the major manufacturer of it as the PAtent is expired. I heard Dr. Chandra dharmawardane did the same thing during Mahinda Rajapakse’s time just for money.

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    YOur article is lies. This is Academic dishonesty. Why don’t you post this article again references included in order to prove what you are saying.

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    I searched in the web and found Dr. Dharmawardana’s most recent article on Kidney disease in Sri Lanka publish 2017 in the Journal “Env. Geochemistry and Health”. If you search under Dr. Lal Jayasinghe, you don’t find any research publications.
    So the person who has written under the name “AntiPoison” is talking though his hat.
    —————-
    Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown aetiology (CKDu) and multiple-ion interactions in drinking water
    M.W.C. Dharma-wardana (NRC-Canada)
    (https://arxiv.org/abs/1704.07906)
    Recent experimental work on the nephrotoxicity of contaminants in drinking water using laboratory mice, motivated by the need to understand the origin of chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology is examined within our understanding of the hydration of ions and proteins. [sic]. These results clarify the origins of chronic kidney disease in the north-central province of Sri Lanka. [sic] The resulting aetiological picture supports the views that F−, Cd2+ (to a lesser extent), and Mg2+ ions found in stagnant household well water act together with enhanced toxicity, becoming the most likely causative factor of the disease. Similar incidence of CKDu found in other tropical climates [sic]…

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      This is a stupid comment. What is Kidney diseases got to do with the Glyphosate use. IT is very possible Ions leached intoe the ground and to well water there after. Even the ions can be related to something else indirectly. HE doe snot mention anything about glyphosate. focus on what he has written on glyphosate.

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    Chandre: IN WHAT field is your PhD ? What is your academic or professional track record in the USA? Are they current and RELEVANT? Curious because you espouse a lot of things and a lot of conspiratorial bullshit too.

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    Chandre Dharmawardana submits ~ “…….The glyphosate debate in Sri Lanka is an intellectual and scientific scandal………”.
    Reading through it is clear which side of the fence Chandre is in.
    Chandre says ~ “………Furthermore, countries like New Zealand and Malaysia which use many dozens of times more glyphosate per annum per hectare have no higher incidence of chronic diseases……..”.
    “Roundup’ herbicide is off the shelves of home gardening section of Canadian supermarkets. One wonders why.
    Chandre’s attacks are personal and emotional. He says ~ “………If glyphosate and other agrochemicals have killed off the bugs in the soil, why would egrets (“kokku”) flock around the tractor of a farmer who is tilling his field? And yet, it is an ubiquitous sight in most parts of Sri Lanka………..”.
    Yes, Lankan kokkus do not read medical journals!
    .
    Chandre, you can be a bit more even-handed.

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      Pillai says:
      Yes, Lankan kokkus do not read medical journals

      They don’t have to.
      If the earthworms are killed by glyphosate Kokku will have nothing to eat, and the Kokku will not come. The fact that the Kokku comes shows that the soil is full of living organisms and healthy.

      “Roundup’ herbicide is off the shelves of home gardening section of Canadian supermarkets. One wonders why.

      Surely, because consumers have been frightened by the fear-mongering of “organic foodies”. The attitudes of people like Lal Jayasinghe are copied from the west.

      But there is nothing to fear. If the 90000 farmers who use the stuff regularly for nearly a quarter century did not get any illness, and if 192 of the 195 nations of the world have been using it for three or four decades with no known issues, where is the problem?
      Gasoline (petrol) is a potent poison compared to glyphosate
      Gasoline is not sold inside the store, but outside, Roundup (glyphosate formulation) can be bought if the home gardening section of your supermarket is outside, or you can buy it at at Home Depot or at the Canadian Tire store.
      Regrading Canadian attitudes to Roundup, see the TV Ontario debate on round up with Steave Paikin as moderator.
      https://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/the-last-roundup-debate
      https://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/the-last-roundup-debate

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        BD says ~ “…………If the earthworms are killed by glyphosate Kokku……..”.
        Word of mouth transmission “Daddy Kokku and Mummy Kokku know that glyphosate is a herbicide and so must not kill worms………..”.

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      K.P,
      “Yes, Lankan kokkus do not read medical journals!”
      K.P, you could be a little less of a tube-light. What the prf is implying is that the kokkus are swarming to eat worms brought up by the plough.

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    You say that Autism and Glyphosate have no connections. but there are articles which says Glyphosate killed Placental cells and some other cells related to the fetus and so autism should be related. Besides, Monssanto is always behind US studies. EPA, FDA etc., never do research on the chemicals. they just evaluate toxiciology data. Monsanto never release data that damages them. There are many who accuse FDA, EPA etc., for being unfiar or not doing sufficient evaluations. IT looks you are losing the batgle. Any scientist can evaluate the data. YOU are not either a scientist who studied and worked in the specific field. If youi worked in Sri lanka, WE can be sure, you just became a Pothe gura those days and no experience in involving in Research.

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    Remeber, Jim Softy is the guy who claimed that he fed his cows Urea !!!

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    Jim Softy says
    “EPA, FDA etc., never do research on the chemicals. they just evaluate toxiciology data. Monsanto never release data that damages them. There are many who accuse FDA, EPA etc., for being unfiar or not doing sufficient evaluations.”

    Indeed, EPA, FDA look at the data and put usually highly stringent rules to cover their own backs.
    But JimSpofty says they are too lenient?
    But you can look at the evidence yourself.

    Look at the most recent research released on 7th November 2017 after the study on 90,000 farmers whose health was followed for over 23 years. Those were real field studies on pople who actually used the stuff. Cancer and its precursors (mutations of cells) were studied.

    So the study would probably have caught Autism as well, but none was reported.

    Jin Softy says
    ” but there are articles which says Glyphosate killed Placental cells and some other cells related to the fetus and so autism should be related.”

    Check where such stuff has been published. Remember, fake science from people like Seneff in the US, Seralini in France, or Jayasumana in Sri Lanka has to be distinguished from good science.

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      Wimalasena: Probably you work only for the university and you do not know beyond. check around the world and see. . YOU have written some stuopid comments. I think I gave the reference. Are these Seralini, Seneff, Jayasumana are genuine scientists or just writers just like Dhamrawardane who writes articles worse than writing God NAtha Said. Where are the references, statistics, graphs and Tables to support what he says. IT is just dishonesty. Even you quoting 93000, where is the reference. for most of the things, I have the references. for this article, CT did not publish at least one comment I pasted. Your comment is simply STUPID. the reason , there are no references.

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    Why is the Ph.D. important? About 50% of the Nobel prizes in medicine have been for non-medical people. The real reason is there are some who are against Prof. Dharmawardane who gives irrefutable scientific facts. Some who still believe in fanciful theories of God Natha are against his stand. He is well qualified to comment on glyphosate and kidney disease. Those who want to get cheap popularity by going against Monsanto do so because it is fashionable to do so and a lot of newspapers too get carried away by such kind of rhetoric..

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      citizen: Do not talk stupid. ASk him to provide statistics instead of beating around the bush. No need of Ph D in the specific discipline. what is needed is academic honesty and write the facts with evidence. Even though the GAD Natha saying something must be true. WE can understand if he can present the facts with evidence. what he is presenting is something like the american bible which says Baby Jesus is in the heavrns for ever.

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        Jim Softy, You should get some common sense installed into your mind. Glyphosate does not cause this kidney disease since this disease was there long before glyphosate came into use. Also it does not affect all agricultural areas where glyphosate is extensively used. The presumption that glyphosate causes this disease are propagated by only one group of scientist and no other researcher has supported this view. Asking for statistics is useless; instead you may read his publications and read his communications in the press with an open mind.

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          Do not talk stupid. See whether I wrote about CKDUs. IT is who I wroter reminded this guy about the relationship and fertilizer and supported him. He was writing about CKDus and glyphosate.

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    Especially when he writes the endorsements himself, under different pseudonyms.As someone suggests above, he should be reported to FCID to prove that he is not bribed by Monsanto, as everyone seems to rightly suspects.

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    To reasonable.

    Most of Sri Lanka’s glyphosate came from India and China. Now it is exclusively smuggled from
    India. There is enough of it in the country.
    As far as Monsanto is concerned, Sri Lanka is just a drop in the bucket and they couldn’t care less.

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    As a scientist you know how easy it is to monitor the ground water. One news report says Sri lanka has given a contrzact to a Dutch firm to moinitor ground water. What a wastage of sri lankan resources. SO, you are trying to earn some cash by screwing up Sri lankan wanter and soil. The Govt is selling thart monitoring to foreign bidders.

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    So here we go again. The Monsanto cabal, “Guruge from UK” [living next to Buckingham Palace] and teabush “Meenachchi”, have come together again to passionately defend the rights of a multinational to poison our environment and its people. What drives their outbursts? Selflessness? Altruism? Or could it merely be monetary inducements. Methinks the latter is the driving force, a drug like no other. The fiction of their pseudonyms match the falsehood of their claims.

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      Dionysius,
      Typical of the “true believers”.
      No arguments in support, just kill the messenger.
      Why do I support glyphosate use? Simply put, synthetic fertilizers/ weedkillers are the very reason that retrograde Luddites like you live to write rubbish in these pages. Neither you nor your ancestors would have survived to see the famines which would have followed and put to shame the Bengal famine of 1942 (2 Million dead) or the 1936 malaria epidemic (35000 dead). These didn’t happen for these reasons only- hybrid seeds , chemical fertilizers and weed killers /insecticides.
      Ever heard of the Green Revolution? I am sure you haven’t. And it was nothing to do with the UNP.
      I wish Monsanto would give me money, but as someone pointed out, Sri Lanka is a drop in the ocean for them.

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    This is for IDiots of Want to be Scientisits Inlcuding STUPID EDWARD: Read these articles to see how how the fetuses are affected by Glypjhosate

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-roundup-kills-human-placenta-cells-at-levels-allowed-in-drinking-water-study/5444172
    https://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-roundup-herbicide-found-in-deformed-piglets/5393343
    Edward. In the same article I quoted some information about the use of UREA in Animal Feed. YOu idiot did not check it and that is not my problem.

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      This is for iDiots of rEtired Toilet operatives with time on their hands:
      How much urea should you drink to achieve the intelligence level of a cow? Is this level higher or loWer than a reTired operative ?

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    Here goes the aborigine nosed Chandre Glysophate Dharmasiriwardena and his defence of this poisonous substance.He even demands to know if the food cooked in a house he has invited in Montreal and Toronto is organic before eating.Yet he says that the use of the deadly Glysophate is perfectly OK in Sri Lanka.What a hypocrite!

    No wonder the aboriginal looking man is yet to pay the Rs.300,000/- bond for decamping unceremoniously from Sri Jayawardanapura University in 1972 for greener pastures.So many reminders to pay up have gone without a response .These are our so called Patriots.

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