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Glyphosate (Roundup herbicide) Misrepresentations

This Question-and-Answer from Neil Sperry was printed in the San Antonio Express-News on Saturday, May 25th, 2019.

“Question: You recently recommended Round Up in one of your answers. It gets into the soil and kills bees. I think you should retract your recommendation of it.”

“Answer: I believe you may have your products confused. There has been ample discussion of whether glyphosates (active ingredient in Round Up) might lead to cancer, but the EPA on April 28, 2019, reaffirmed its earlier announcement that

glyphosates do not cause cancer in humans.

The systemic insecticide Imidacloprid has been suspected of being involved in bee colony collapse, but entomologists and other agricultural scientists worldwide now feel that it is much more likely that there are many factors combining to result in decreases in bee populations, and that the insecticide is not the main factor.”

“I look to the EPA and Texas A&M and other Land Grant university specialists for my information, and I am at peace with what I have written. I do appreciate your concern, however.”

This is a BRILLIANT response by one of the best and most knowledgeable -horticulturists in Texas and the U.S. This response coincides with the write-up done by my late friend and colleague, Malcolm Beck, who was the “father of the Organics Movement” in Texas and the originator of Gardenville Products (see: The write-up explains: “Nature could approve of glyphosate if used properly in some conditions” and is housed at:


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