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Herbicide Is What’s for Dinner – Nautilus – Pocket

GOOD PRIMER ON THE HIDDEN-FROM-VIEW PRE-HARVEST DESSICATION ISSUE. As the challenging economics of farming have driven farm operations to get substantially larger, pre-harvest crop desiccation (drying) has increasingly become a prominent practice.
In most cases crops are desiccated by the late season application of a herbicide including Monsanto's notorious "probable human carcinogen" Roundup (active ingredient Glyphosate).
As you can easily imagine, that' a problem.
Of course,synthetic, persistent herbicides are NEVER, EVER used on Certified Organic farms. Caleb, Megan & Jim

"It is harvest season, and the high-clearance sprayer is on its way to desiccate a field. Desiccation may be the most widespread farming practice you’ve never heard of. Farmers desiccate by applying herbicide to their crops; this kills all the plants at the same time, making them uniformly dry and easier to cut. In essence, desiccation speeds up plant aging. Before desiccation, crops would have to dry out naturally at the end of the season. Today, there are examples of desiccation being applied to every type of conventional crop in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.1 Chances are that most of what you ate today was harvested using a desiccant, but you’d never know…

"I asked Sheri Roberts, a crop specialist with Agriculture and Agrifood Canada in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, whether she thought desiccation was safe. She was reluctant to make the call, but said she wished it was not so commonly used. 'The timing’s really tight,' she said. 'If you don’t get it just right, that herbicide ends up in the grain.' If farmers apply a non-contact herbicide (like glyphosate) too early, it will be taken up by the growing plant and end up inside the seed. Non-contact herbicides are taken up by the living plant and incorporated into still growing tissues, while contact herbicides kill the tissues they touch."

Herbicide Is What’s for Dinner – Nautilus – Pocket

How the biggest farming practice you’ve never heard of is changing your food.


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