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Dose Makes Poison Chart, Corrected

Citizens Oversight (2016-04-27) Ray Lutz

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There is a "dose makes poison" chart which circulates on the internet. It uses a typical Monsanto sleight of hand, in that it equates Roundup with Glyphosate. The truth is other "inert" ingredients of Roundup are not toxic to plants but are very toxic to humans. The misleading chart can be found here:

Corrected Chart

We have looked carefully for data on the relative toxicity of Roundup and Glyphosate and the other ingredients but there are very few analyses of this. Plus, there is the complicating factor that the inert ingredients are not controlled. Glyphosate is typically about 41% of Roundup, but varies. No one uses glyphosate alone. We added the column which is the source and how it was tested. We confirmed most of these at the chart on wikipedia, those are marked 1, 1A, or 1B. If they were changed it is 1A or 1B. If no reference was found yet, it is marked [2]. Those marked [3] are added from listed source.

What we find is that ROUNDUP should be considered "extremely toxic" if consumed directly using the same categories as this chart, and additive POEA should be considered "super-toxic". I am open to other sources of data on Roundup and these ingredients.

Material What the heck is it? LD50 (mg/kg)* Toxic Category Ref
water You know this one. In normal quantities, most animals require water to live. >90000 nontoxic [1]
sucrose table sugar. Refined sugar cane or sugar beets 29,700 practically nontoxic [1A]
ascorbic acid chemical in citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, etc.) Vitamin C 11900 slightly toxic [1A]
ethanol grain alcohol (component in many bevvies) -- In 2014, 9,967 People Died In Drunk Driving Crashes - One Every 53 Minutes - And 290,000 Were Injured In Drunk Driving Crashes 7060 slightly toxic [1A]
glyphosate the "active ingredient" in broad-spectrum herbicides like Roundup (we dispute this number) 5600 slightly toxic [2]
sodium bicarbonate Baking soda 4220 moderately toxic [5]
ammonium sulfate many farmers use ammonium sulfate in their tanks with roundup. 3960 avg moderately toxic [4]
sodium chloride Table salt 3000 moderately toxic [1]
acetaminophen Pain medication 1944 moderately toxic [2]
theobromine bitter alkaloid of the cacao plant in Chocolate 1265 moderately toxic [2]
hydrogen peroxide Household use or for drinking and waste water treatment 934 (was 1580) moderately toxic [6]
glyphosate (acid) the "active ingredient" in broad-spectrum herbicides like Roundup 930 very toxic [3]
glyphosate (salt) the "active ingredient" in broad-spectrum herbicides like Roundup 780 very toxic [3]
arsenic metallic arsenic 763 very toxic [1]
AMPA breakdown product of glyphosate 690 very toxic [3]
rotenone A broad-spectrum insecticide and pesticide approved for use in organic production 132-1500 very toxic [2]
copper sulfate Approved for use in organic production as a fungicide 300 very toxic [7]
caffeine One cup of coffee has approximately 95mg, a 200 lb person would require 400 cups of coffee to reach this level. 192 very toxic [8]
DDT Insecticide used in WWII to control malaria and typhus, but banned because it does not easily breakdown in the environment 113-800 very toxic [2]
Nicotine A potent alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) and a stimulant drug and a major contributing factor to the dependence-forming properties of tobacco smoking 6.5-13 (was 50) extremely toxic [1B]
Roundup Entire formulation 9.7-12.9 extremely toxic [3]
cyanide Cyanides are produced by certain bacteria, fungi, and algae and are found in a number of plants - used in mining, industrial organic chemistry and for pest control. 10 extremely toxic [2]
Vitamin D Beneficial vitamin but can be toxic if a person take megadoses 10 extremely toxic [2]
POEA Ingredient in Roundup necessary to get glyphosate to soak into the plant 2.0 super toxic [3]
strychnine Colorless, bitter crystalline alkaloid used as a pesticide, particularly for killing small vertebrates like birds and rodents 1-2 super toxic [1]
aflatoxin B1 Naturally occurring mycotoxins produced by species of fungi. 14 different types of aflatoxin are produced in nature. They can colonize and contaminate grain before harvest or during storage 0.048 super toxic [1A]
botulin A protein and neurotoxin produced by a bacterium. In its pure form, it is the most acutely toxic substance known. Preparations of the toxin can be effectively used for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes. (AKA "botox" 0.00001 super toxic [1]



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