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Q & A with Jeffrey Smith: HOW TO DISPOSE OF ROUNDUP


hi everyone this is Jeffrey Smith and

I'm with Bethany from the Institute for

Responsible technology Bethany you

answer people's emails you answer their

questions give me a question that you

think that others besides the person

that you responded to would like to know


how do you safely dispose of roundup

well first of all you force bankruptcy

of Monsanto bear that would be nice way

to dispose of roundup so I've never

bought roundup I've never had it in my

house so when people asked me originally

I went I don't know call someone so I

guess you've emailed Bethany and now I

have to answer the question and the

answer is call someone the answer is

call the people that handles the

Sanitation locally and find out how to

deal with disposal of toxic wastes

typically have to bring it somewhere and

it'll be different in different places

you don't want to just put it in the

toilet you don't want to put it into the

garbage you do want to dispose of it

carefully now you can think about well

I'll just dump it on the soil let it

degrade no please don't first of all the

degradation of glyphosate the chief

poisonous molecule among many in roundup

has it's not biodegradable

Monsanto got convicted of false

advertising by a New York Court they

knew that only 2% degraded in 28 days

then they continued to call it

biodegradable in Europe until a French

Court caught them and charged them

twenty eight thousand euros oh dear you

know it's like that talk about a slap on

the wrist that's hardly that's missing

the wrist so they got away with murder

by convincing people that it was

biodegradable it turns out it depends on

the organic nature of the soil where the

clay content the pH and in some

conditions it takes decades to degrade

the longest recorded half-life which is

the amount of time it takes to degrade

to 50% was 22 years it usually it will

take a year and a half but again it

depends and that's just a half-life so

you don't want to put it so

or dump it in the forest because it'll

damage it'll be maintained it'll ill

also destroy some of the microbe our

microbiota the microbiome of the soil

killing the beneficials promoting the

fungal growth it's a disaster so check

in locally now if you've already sprayed

it what can you do I can tell you that I

don't have a quick answer to what way

you can remediate the soil but I hope to

so make sure you're subscribing to the

Institute for Responsible technology

because I know people who are developing

biological remediation agents in other

words little microbes that you can be

there liquefy and put them in there and

they may show up and dispose of the

glyphosate that's already been sprayed

one interesting thing that I learned

from dr. Don Huber professor emeritus of

Purdue University is once you spray it

it can bind and stay dormant in the soil

but if you add phosphate or different

things to the soil it can break that bud

and now it's active again so it's really

devious so the answer to question what

was the question

dispose of it let's let's dispose of

Monsanto and there but in the meantime

call someone does that answer the

question yes that's great thank you safe