Kodiak Daily Mirror - Leisnoi needs to do its homework
Leisnoi needs to do its homework
by Peter Hanley
May 30, 2014 | 254 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the editor:

In the KDM interview with Leisnoi management on May 23, 2014, in response to a question about the use of the herbicide “Roundup”, Leisnoi representative Von Veeh stated that, “They call it Roundup but its glyphosate.”

Glyphosate is the active ingredient of Roundup and Monsanto held its patent until that patent expired in 2000. Roundup is glyphosate and glyphosate is Roundup when manufactured by Monsanto.

A number of European countries have banned the use of glyphosate due to human health concerns. Its use is also believed to be a factor in the decline of honeybees. It is not a benign herbicide.

Von Veeh also stated (oddly) in the interview “I’ve heard a lot of far-fetched things. One of them was we were spraying Agent Orange.” While I can’t think how he got this idea, the only connection is that a predecessor corporation of Monsanto, also called Monsanto, was one of the manufacturers of Agent Orange.

Leisnoi needs to do its homework and understand the environmental and health implications of the broad application in the former Chiniak forests of the systemic herbicide glyphosate.


Peter Hanley

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