Sunday, April 28, 2013

Roundup is NOT a problem, probably

Not as bad as we were led to believe

I heard this first on the radio, and it concerned me, as I have used Roundup (glyphosate) on my own garden plants.  And it seemed unusual, because I would have thought it would have been tested sufficiently.

Here's an  example of the report (there were many):

Roundup, An Herbicide, Could Be Linked To Parkinson's, Cancer And Other Health Issues, Study Shows

 All of the articles and the radio report I heard were apparently based on the same Reuters article.  And it turns out that the paper that the Reuters article was based on was a completely bogus piece of schlockwork:

When media uncritically cover pseudoscience

"The paper is by two authors with dubious credentials and is such a mashup of pseudoscience and gibberish that actual scientists have been unable to make sense of it. As one of them also noted, the paper is published in a “low-tier pay-for-play journal.” "

So there's really nothing apparently really bad about Roundup (other than the potential development of genetic resistance).  Believe it or not, not everything you read on the Internet (or hear on the radio news) is true.

 There is a lot to learn from this episode about how the media cover the schlockwork scientists so beloved by the climate skeptics community.

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