Gluten intolerance explained. Farmers spray Roundup four days before harvest to kill the plant.

Hello Tap,

I know how interested you are in farmers spraying, so here’s Jim Stone for you.
Nov 21 2014

Think Snopes is not agenda driven?

think again!

A post by a farmer to the forum dispels all doubt that Snopes supported Monsanto by posting a bold faced lie “citing farmers” regarding the use of Roundup immediately before wheat harvests.

In a response to an article posted by web site The Healthy Home Economist, which stated the real reason for gluten intolerance was in fact poisoning from having roundup sprayed on wheat crops 3 to 5 days before harvest (to kill the wheat plants and dry them out so they go through the combines better) Snopes stated in no uncertain terms that they interviewed many farmers and none of them ever heard of this practice.

Snopes then went on to explain in detail why it would not be economical to do so, and that the wheat crops just get ready by themselves, and that there was no need for it, so it never ever ever happens (but there was a Pre harvest staging guide by Monsanto outlining this procedure which is called dessication) and based upon the “fact this document exists”, they tenuously grayed the topic and then implied that anyone who thinks they are getting poisoned by round up must be half nuts.

FACT: Farmers practically always spray the wheat with roundup immediately before harvest and the web site The Healthy Home Economist,was BANG ON WITH A SLEDGE HAMMER. Snopes is an agenda tool serving huge corporate interests and that is all there is to it. How do I know this? Because a wheat farmer laid it all out in a post to the Forum

An anonymous farmer posted the following to the forum, confirming that yes, farmers really do apply roundup to wheat right before harvest:

TokaCola posted the following:

I am a farmer in Western Canada and grow wheat, canola, and barley. The practice of spraying a crop prior to harvest is called dessication.

The idea is it speeds up drying making harvest earlier as well as killing a second flush of weeds that may have since grown. I personally have never used this practice. Many many farmers I know do and people always comment ‘how good can that be?’ I feel we use enough herbicides. People spray at least once in- crop in the early stages of growth to kill weeds, but I have always felt pre-harvest spraying is not only uneccessary but dangerous as well. It’s all a product of ‘bigger is better’.

Farms are larger than they have ever been, there are more acres to go over and any shortcut people can use, they go with. The reason for bigger farms is the cost of equipment and inputs is so high, so they justify it by growing more acres, but I feel this is self-destroying. With conventional farming using tillage, you would normally cultivate to control weeds before seeding, then spray only once when the crop is about a month old, then that’s it. But now with minimal and no-till farming, tillage has been replaced with chemicals. Instead of that tillage at the beginning, now people spray, then again in the first month, then again right before harvest, then sometimes again after harvest to control perennials for the next year! It is getting out of hand.

For the last 20 years tillage has been a dirty word because the theory is on drier years it robs moisture from the crop and promotes erosion, which is true. But I have always felt a balance of the two is the best. You have to spray in-crop in the early stages for that first flush of weeds otherwise you won’t get anything. The weeds will take over and the result will be low quality and quantity. Another reason people dessicate is so it replaces the traditional swathing or wind-rowing of a crop, which is how the crop dries for harvest. So they spray it while it is standing then straight-cut harvest, which means a special header on the combine that cuts and it goes straight into the combine. This eliminates a pass. If a crop is swathed it is more vulnerable to rain, which delays harvest more. So its all a product of people trying to farm too many acres and then need shortcuts. I believe in keeping things modest.

I still swath the ‘old fashioned way’ and combine separately using the sun and wind to dry the crop. This is how it has been done for centuries, why can’t it still work? I am firmly against dessication and will never use this practice. Some are even using dessication for other crops too now like canola/rapeseed and barley. I am against that too. Think of spraying a canola crop right before harvest then selling the seed and it gets crushed into cooking oil…not too good right? Or in barley then it is fed to livestock which in turn gets used for human consumption. I think this explains a lot of the health problems people are having nowadays. I think you’ve hit on something real significant Jim. I feel its going to have to go back to more smaller efficient farms rather than less, larger ones.

My response:

I sort of went easy on the topic, not driving it home like I should. I just posted the document from Monsanto which outlines this practice and said it has to be real if Monsanto had that type of document in circulation. But now that a farmer has confirmed my doubts about Snopes, I am going to go all out with this topic.

DEAR SNOPES AND OTHER LIARS: People are getting tested for a new syndrome called “gluten intolerance” and coming up negative. Then doctors are “morgelloning” the entire concept of getting sick from wheat and telling Monsanto victims they have to be crazy (just like they tell Morgellons victims they are nuts) because there is NO REASON AT ALL for people who are not gluten intolerant to be getting huge headaches and other illnesses from wheat. NOPE, NO REASON AT ALL, THEY ARE JUST CRAZY. Put them on an antidepressant. Perhaps that will help with their “problem”.

Snopes, YOU ARE A FAILURE. You market yourself as being a protector of the public from stupid stories and scams. And then you post some half baked lie about interviewing countless farmers who never heard of it. My guess? You never interviewed anyone. You just pushed Monsanto’s line so they can sell more product and avoid public scrutiny. Enjoy your damn ad revenue, your reward for lying. I sure as hell won’t get any from your high paying officially approved ad servers that won’t touch a web site that cuts straight to the truth. THAT is the real measure!

 

sent by Jennifer

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10 Responses to “Gluten intolerance explained. Farmers spray Roundup four days before harvest to kill the plant.”

  1. Lumpy says:

    Is this article suggesting that farmers drive a tractor through a wheatfield four days before combining it in order to spray it? I live on a farm. No-one in their right mind would do that. I have NEVER seen this done. Utter bollocks!

    I do NOT doubt that chemical sprays and pesticides affect humans. But it is pretty impossible to spray a crop four days before harvest. The “spraying” tractor would flatten the crop. This article was written by someone who doesn’t live or work on a farm.

    • Tapestry says:

      What are the tracks in the crops then? These are the lines used by the sprayers so that crops are sprayed without flattening the stalks.

      • Lumpy says:

        Lines in a crop field (eg. Barley) are the lines where tractor tires ran when the crop was sown (round here anyway). Thay are there because the seeds do not get the same chance to “take” because of the compacted soil under the tyres. It is that simple.

      • Tapestry says:

        The tracks are the result of multiple passes with the sprayer. One pass would not bother the seeds under the tyres.

      • Lumpy says:

        No. The compacting under the tractor tyres happens once – when the field is seeded. That is where the lines come from. They are evident all the way through the growth of the crop until harvest, you can see the differential growth. I watch it every year here in Scotland. And no farmer I know round here ever uses Roundup!

    • TokaCola says:

      Also I’d like to add that yes there is a bit of trampling from the tires but is minimal. These machines are GPS guided so there is minimal disturbance. There are also crop dividers available as an accessory to the tires that push the crop out of the way before the tires hit it. Welcome to the 21st century.

  2. It’s regularly done to tobacco and many other crops, too

  3. Strop says:

    I would have thought the bigger farms would be spraying from the air – so not driving through the fields.

    • Tapestry says:

      You need a licence for that. Most farms in the UK cannot get one. Where aerial spraying is permitted, it is associated with severe ill-health of surrounding population.

  4. TokaCola says:

    Sorry Lumpy you are wrong. Have you ever heard of high-clearance sprayers? They are designed for just that, spraying in a standing crop. Go to any farm equipment website and you will see them. It does not flatten the crop. They are self-propelled machine. They use very narrow tires and high clearances. Where on earth are you from? This is old technology. I have neighbors who do custom spraying for a living. They apply herbicides, insectides, fungicides, etc to standing crop routinely.I have a chemical guide as thick as the phone book full of all the chemicals that get used every year in crops applied by these high clearance self-propelled sprayers. You come across as a shill, not a farmer. Dessication is done on peas, wheat and canola in Western Canada every year and has for many years.

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