Questions raised over use of RoundUp – Houma Courier

Phytocannabinoid, organophosphorus, tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol.

These scientific tongue-twisting names turn up when you search online for terms such as “CBD,” “THC” and “RoundUp,” increasingly used in ordinary television newscasts, even advertisements.

Billions! We learned last week that a jury had awarded a California couple damages totaling some $2 billion for health problems resulting from years of using the popular weed-control spray, RoundUp, made by Monsanto, and the most widely used herbicide in the world.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in RoundUp. As recently as 10 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency considered glyphosate to have low toxicity when used at the recommended doses. “Risk estimates for glyphosate were well below the level of concern,” said EPA spokesman Dale Kemery. The EPA classifies glyphosate as a Group E chemical, which means there is strong evidence that it does not cause cancer in humans.”

Convenient: Many of us have used RoundUp around our yards and gardens to reduce the back-breaking chore of pulling weeds or edging the borders between sidewalks and lawn.

Safe? The EPA had long OK’d RoundUp, advising “low toxicity when used at the recommended doses.“ Instructions on RoundUp bottles said to dilute the chemical in lots of water before spraying. But there is evidence in local neighborhoods that the stuff was sprayed undiluted in many yards, killing lawn grass along fences and sidewalks and leaving unsightly strips of bare earth six or more inches wide so thoroughly poisoned that nothing could grow for years.

CBD safe? Short for “cannabidiol,” this is a phytocannabinoid derived from cannabis or marijuana, but unlike THC, “tetrahydrocannabinol” it is believed to be devoid of psychoactive activity. Instead it is reported to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic and chemopreventive activities.

Translation: no high, but CBD may possess a list of beneficial properties. And CBD has become available, over the counter, in a host of liquids, salves and other products, apparently untested and unregulated.

Beware! Remembering how long the real danger of tobacco cigarettes remained clouded by the safety claims of the big companies that got rich on tobacco sales, I intend to avoid CBDs entirely, until they have passed the test of time.

Cajun Festival! It sounds like a full day of fun on June 8 at the Bayou Cajun Chapter, French Music Association Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Houma Municipal Auditorium, advises Al Voisin. Doors open at 9 a.m. Music will be by the Cajun Stompers in the morning and Kennith Benoit and Gravel Road in the evening. There also is a cake walk, 50/50 drawings, auction and raffle. Admission is $10, children 12 and under are free.

Foods include chicken-sausage gumbo, potato salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, assorted homemade desserts and candies. The event is smoke and alcohol free. Information: Margaret Hebert, 851-1867, or Amos “Kai” Usie, 594-4871.

Remembering ’60s music: Watchtower in Thibodaux? The former Southland Dragway as a music venue? R&R Recording Services, Cross Records, Prof Ernie’s? Your recollections of these bygone places are welcome. John Rodrigue, formerly of Houma and now a drummer in Nashville,” is searching for traces. Call or write.

Puny puns:

• Leopards trying to hide are always spotted.

• Moths swim using the butterfly stroke.

• The tale of the chicken that crossed the border was so complicated that I couldn’t follow it.

Short, sweet, suspicious: Who is gullible enough to believe Ahmed Zama’s emailed offer to share millions with a total stranger?

“I know that this note will surprise you as we never know ourselves,” he begins. “I am a banker by profession; I need your urgent assistance to transfer the sum of 15 million Euros into your account. It is 100% risk free and more details will be sent to you on confirmation of your interest.”

Delete all such offers immediately, no response, no clicking on other websites, either of which could entangle you in a scheme aimed at identity theft.

Responding? Contact Bill Ellzey at 381-6256,, or c/o The Courier, P.O. Box 2717, Houma, LA 70361.


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