R Scott wrote:There shouldn't be glyphosate in STRAW. Something else is going on, too.
Leila Rich wrote:
While glyphosate is undoubtedly a nasty piece of work,
I don't think its chemistry causes visible, er, 'secondary poisoning'?
I don't know the right words
Douglas Alpenstock wrote:I thought I might add a few more observations to this old thread regarding glyphosate dessication of crops.
These days, industrial scale farmers are using glyphosate to kill the actual grain crops, not only the weeds. This causes them to fully dry while standing, allowing a much faster harvest by "straight combining" (the combine harvester has a sickle bar at the front, and the grain is cut and separated in a single pass).
However, there has been pushback from some industrial-scale customers. Brewing companies and some bakeries found that the glyphosate residue was inhibiting the action of their yeasts, and started to refuse to buy dessicated crops.
Another related factor involves air quality and allergen loads. Speaking with a thoughtful farmer I know well, I learned that glyphosate dessicated crops are much drier, and basically pulverize when run through the combine. So, a larger load of much finer particulate is released and (I suspect) tends to linger in the air longer.
Maybe that explains why I started to get a bad reaction to harvest season dust, when for most of my life it was a sweet perfume on the fall wind.