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Animal Miscarriages May Be Due to Weed Killer

Animal Miscarriages May Be Due to Weed Killer

A retired Purdue University professor named Dr. Don Huber has written an open letter regarding a possible connection between Roundup or Roundup Ready crops and a microorganism that may be responsible for miscarriages in animals. The letter was addressed to the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Dr. Huber wrote, “For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks. Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status.” (Source:

He goes on to say the pathogen that could be associated with Roundup and Roundup Ready crops is probably a micro-fungus, and that it is likely to be causing disease both in plants and animals: “The pathogen can be found in Roundup Ready soybean meal and corn, distillers meal, some feed products, pig stomach contents, and placentas from pigs and cattle.”  (Source: The recent approval of Roundup Ready alfalfa is noted because it could be part of the same problem. Roundup Ready alfalfa was just approved by the federal government, and even received an endorsement from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: “Roundup Ready alfalfa is as safe as traditionally bred alfalfa.” (Source:

According to Mother Earth News, the Obama administration had caved in to Monsanto, the makers of Roundup and Roundup Ready crops in approving Roundup Ready alfalfa. Dr. Huber said if the pathogen he and other scientists have been concerned about, is assisted in the environment by Roundup and Roundup ready crops, the results could be a calamity. “The pathogen may explain the escalating frequency of infertility and spontaneous abortions over the past few years in US cattle, dairy, swine, and horse operations. These include recent reports of infertility rates in dairy heifers of over 20%, and spontaneous abortions in cattle as high as 45%,” he also wrote. (Source:

Monsanto earned over 11 billion dollars in 2008 and has over 20,000 employees. They are the largest maker of the herbicide glyosphosphate, aka Roundup in the world. It is one of the most used herbicides and has been for decades. Monsanto is also the largest producer of genetically engineered seeds.

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1:27AM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Awful Stuff!!!

6:39PM PDT on Apr 3, 2013


12:18AM PST on Jan 9, 2012

Thank you for the information.

1:43PM PDT on May 27, 2011

Yet another thing that doesn't surprise me, and it's a well known fact that many weed killers are not animal-friendly.

12:15PM PDT on May 7, 2011

Terrible and sad.

July Evening Starr, you hit it right on the nose.

9:00AM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

Boils down to Greed and too many politicians in bed with bad corporations.

9:18AM PST on Mar 2, 2011

this is horrible

9:38PM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Careful, there is a Georgia Legislator that is introducing a bill to make miscarriages a crime punishable by death. He may hold cattlemen or pesticide makers legally responsible for these miscarriages!

10:59AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

now they need to fix it !

10:30AM PST on Feb 25, 2011

People ARE having miscarriages at alarming rates. But its what I and the legal community like to call circumstantial evidence. Our lives and well being will be lost in red tape.

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